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Grade 8 Up—In this companion to Water (Putnam, 2002), McKinley and Dickinson explore the range of their storytelling abilities. The settings of these five tales range from ancient to modern, but they are all united by encounters with magical creatures with an affinity for fire. In "Phoenix," Ellie's love for forests leads her to Dave and Welly, caretakers of the ancient Phoenix, displaced from its Egyptian home to damp, chilly Britain. "Hellhound" features animal-loving Miri, whose choice of a red-eyed shelter dog proves providential when she must face a malevolent spirit. In "Fireworm," Tandin spirit-walks to defeat the fireworm that threatens his clan, though in doing so he develops empathy for the creature and its mate and distances himself from his people. "Salamander Man" finds orphaned Tib caught up in a bewildering chain of events, which results in him taking the form of a flaming giant to free the salamanders and rid his city of corrupt magicians. "First Flight," the longest piece, deals with Ern, who helps a dragon with a missing eye find its way back into the Flame Space, which dragons use to travel quickly through time and space. All of these individuals learn something about themselves in their encounters with the fire beasts, and all are the better for it in the end. This collection of beautifully crafted tales will find a warm welcome from fans of either author, as well as from fantasy readers in general.—Misti Tidman, Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY END
"This collection of beautifully crafted tales will find a warm welcome from fans of either author, as well as from fantasy readers in general." --School Library Journal
"McKinley's fans can only hope that she will return to this world in a future novel." --Kirkus
"The two writers' talents are well matched, creating a volume that's even in tone and quality while introducing novelty with every story opening." --Horn Book
I like McKinley's contributions better than Dickinson's, but they aren't really about elemental spirits.Published 13 days ago by Edwin E. Moise
A couple of them I liked very much - will be looking for more!Published 3 months ago by Carol Harrell
Final story by Robin McKinley was by far the best one in this collection. Her blend of fantasy subject matter ( with real originality of characters and setting) and modern... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Janice Lee
McKinley always satisfies, up to par. I bought it just for her work, but I enjoyed reading the Dickinson, too.Published on February 7, 2013 by Southwesterners
I thought this was one long novel, but it turns out to be a collection of short stories of which I'm not a big fan. Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Bruin Fan
This is a book of short stories by Robin McKinley and her husband Peter Dickinson. She submits four and he submits four. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by garenkay
Anthology of fire-related short stories.
Phoenix by Peter Dickinson
An interesting, rather sweet story about people's lives being touched by the Phoenix. Read more