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  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children (Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786851945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786851942
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,340,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford and grew up in St Albans. He studied at York University. He has a strong background in children's books. While writing his earlier novels, Buried Fire, The Leap and The Last Siege, he worked as an editor in a London publishing firm, editing a number of game books and non-fiction titles . Now, with the worldwide interest in the best-selling Bartimaeus trilogy, he devotes himself to writing full-time. He also travels extensively, promoting his books. Ptolemy's Gate, the last title in the Bartimaeus trilogy, has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Jonathan now lives in St Albans with his wife two children.

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"Jonathan Stroud writes like a seasoned veteran with a voice all his own, and tells a cracking story that races to a strong climax" (Daily Telegraph)

"An atmospheric and gripping debut" (The Times)

"An impressive debut" (Observer)

"A well-written, intensely imagined first novel" (Carousel) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A powerful novel which combines elements of fantasy and mythology with a contemporary setting. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Doggus on 10 Jun 2004
Format: Paperback
I discovered Jonathan Stroud through reading his wonderful Amulet of Samarkand, and wanted to read more of his work. Buried Fire is another fine example of Strouds imagination. The story centres on Michael, a young man who has fallen asleep on top of a large mound, under which is buried a dragon. As he sleeps he absorbs the dragons power, discovering that he has new abilities as a result. It is his coming to terms with what has happened to him and the discovery that he is not alone that keeps the story line moving along at a fast pace. He soon learns that he is not alone in gaining new powers, and learns that the others in the village have a sinister motive - to raise the dragon from its sleep. The story ultimately ends in a battle between good and evil. I found the storyline more simple than Amulet of Samarkand, with less character development, showing perhaps that either the author has matured in his writing or it was deliberately targetted at a slightly younger audience. Either way it was an entertaining story, well told, and well worth reading.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2002
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Under an old king's burial mound, a dragon lay still, coiled around itself. But even though nothing stirred, its mind was burning. The fire was barely a pin-prick in size, a tiny flame of anger, squeezed to almost nothing. Just occasionally, the earth pressed down on the dragon, making the flame flare up and the earth quiver as his anger was released.
The dragon had learnt to ignore Time by ridding his mind of its memory and thoughts. He did this by releasing thought bubbles to the earth's surface. Anyone who happened to collide with these bubbles, received the four gifts of the dragon - sight (to see people's soles), fire (being able to set anything alight),levitation and being able to enter anyone's mind.
This book tells the story of what happened when one of these bubbles landed on a boy called Michael MacIntyre and how he became engulfed in the dragon's evil powers. As this fantasy adventure continues, you start asking questions such as: "Why is an unusual stone cross so important?", "Why does Mr Cleever (the town's councillor) seem so sininster?" and "What has Hardraker Farm got to do with the whole mystery?"
Although the story line was fairly predictable, I still found this a gripping and enjoyable read. Considering it was the author's first novel, I thought it was very well written. I particularly liked his use of synonyms and other poetic phrases. I hope he writes another book soon.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By albaldrewy on 8 Aug 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was obviously well thought out as all the parts of the story came together nicely. but i still think that the ending was rushed and that the book could have been longer this is a good short read but does not compare to the amulet of samarkand. This book is about two brothers who discover the powers of a dragon but soon find they are not alone in their discovery. (a similar book to this is Dragon Fire by charles someone it's three books in one and is much longer and much better) but overall i would give buried fire 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Smurthwaite on 2 Mar 2007
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I'm not usually a fan of "dragon fantasy", but this one is a rare exception, as it draws strongly from British folklore of dragon slayers, such as the tale of St. George and the Dragon or the Lambton Worm, yet sets the action firmly in the present. It explores the themes of power at a price and the changes that occur as you grow up, meaning extra responsibility and the consideration of others in your actions, as well as exploring slightly supernatural themes. Stroud is very expressive and the language, although complex enough to engage older readers, is still simple enough to appeal to those just entering their teens.

The characters are slightly stereotypical, almost cartoonish, in places, but there remains a sense of grounded reality underneath, which keeps the plot anchored within the realms of the almost-possible. This is exactly the kind of fare that might entice boys to read a little more.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2001
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In the town of Fordrace, there is a hill. Beneath this hill, there is a dragon, imprisoned by an ancient warrior, held there by a huge stone cross, deep in the ground. One day, while digging in the Church grounds, the workers find the cross, and so waking the dragon. Meanwhile, Michael MacIntyre has fallen asleep on top of the hill, and is engulfed by the dragon's power, thus becoming one of the few members in the town with powers. The powers are the sight(being able to see people's souls), fire(being able to set anything alight), levitation, and being able to enter anyone's mind. These few members of the town know that the evil dragon is awake, and they want to set it free. However, if this happens, the dragon will destroy the town and more. The townspeople have to stop them.....
I really enjoyed it, and liked puting myself into Michael's position, and imagining that I had the powers that he did. Although a bit predictable, the excitement made up for that. I just had to keep reading it. I especially liked the bit when Michael burnt through his bedroom door, after his brother had locked him in his room. To anyone who has read it, did you want the evil or the good to win?
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