Tales of Elemental Spirits

Book - 2009
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Master storytellers Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson, the team behind Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits , collaborate again to create five captivating tales incorporating the element of fire.

In McKinley's ?First Flight,? a boy and his pet foogit unexpectedly take a dangerous ride on a dragon, and her ?Hellhound? stars a mysterious dog as a key player in an eerie graveyard showdown. Dickinson introduces a young man who must defeat the creature threatening his clan in ?Fireworm,? a slave who saves his village with a fiery magic spell in ?Salamander Man,? and a girl whose new friend, the guardian of a mystical bird, is much older than he appears in ?Phoenix.'

With time periods ranging from prehistoric to present day, and settings as varied as a graveyard, a medieval marketplace and a dragon academy, these stories are sure to intrigue and delight the authors? longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2009.
ISBN: 9780399252891
Characteristics: 297 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dickinson, Peter 1927-2015


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Jul 09, 2014

I liked it. These guys are actually really talented writers.

Sep 20, 2011

You can definitely tell that the authors learned from their first collection of short stories. I think these are a little more engaging, but longer in general. Still, highly recommended.

Nov 21, 2010

Not surprisingly, I liked some of the stories better than others, but I loved the final novella, McKinley's "First Flight". There's a nice mix in this collection of real world and otherworld, past and present, male and female. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

Sep 09, 2010

The first story of this collection was one of the best fantasy short stories I've ever read!!!

Jan 21, 2010

"Water" was better.


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Nov 21, 2010

Outside in daylight . . . dragons are beautiful. Their skin shines rainbow colours, although a green dragon is green under the rainbows, and a red dragon is red, and so on. . . . Dragon eyes vary in colour the way dragon skins do, but all dragon eyes glitter. I know that you talk about eyes glittering - the evil enchanter in a fairy tale always has glittering eyes; so do the things in dark corners when you're little and trying to go to sleep - but dragon-eye glitter is the real thing.

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