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Ring Fire (Fleabag Trilogy) [Paperback]

Beth Webb
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22 April 2005 Fleabag
The three popular stories about the mangy, three-legged, street-wise Fleabag are brought together in one volume. Fleabag and the Fire Cat introduces us to the world of the Ring Fire and to Gemma the kitchen maid with her powers of reading the flame. In Fleabag and the Ring Fire cat and girl combine to seek the Queen's ring which must be found to prevent the fall of the kingdom, and in Fleabag and the Ring's End a new challenge has to be overcome: the evil power of the wizards of Porthwain.

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  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc (22 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745949770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745949772
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 842,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Beth wanted to write since she was about 3, scribbling on paper and folding the 'pages' between bits of cardboard.
She studied Sociology and Psychology at university then became a hippy in a houseboat in Amsterdam, with a spell in a Bavarian castle.
Since then she's been a journalist (which she wan't good at), a radio broadcaster (which she loved), a cook, a cleaner and a mum to four amazing kids.
Beth wrote her first children's book, 'The Magic in the Pool of Making,' to encourage her eldest son to want to read. The next thirteen titles followed slowly but surely, bringing dragons, talking cats and fire-wielding druid girls to the page.
She studied for her MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa, and subsequently has taught writing for the Open College of the Arts and the University of Lancaster 'Crossing Borders' project in Africa.
Beth teaches writing to children and young adults at Kilve Court Residential Education Centre in Somerset.
As well as writing, Beth is also a performance storyteller, working from Orkney to Cameroon, and has even braved Glastonbury to tell stories in the mud!
Beth also illustrates for Books Beyond Words - innovative publishing for adults with learning disabilities.
you can read more about Beth on www.bethwebb.co.uk and www.stardancerbooks.com

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'This fast-paced narrative is laced with humour and magic.' School Library Journal 'Opens the door to the heights and depths that Fantasy can offer but with such a light touch and such a witty knowing edge...' Philip Gross

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This book is recommended for readers aged 9-12.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not as I expected for 'very good condition' 6 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The seller rated this book "very good condition". When it arrived, the pages were brown with age and some pages were bent over. I would not have rated the book this high. Perhaps "fair would have been more apt or even a statement that the pages were brown with age? However, to be fair, if I had ordered it for myself I would not be so critical but ordering for my granddaughter I was disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fleabag and the Engaging Trilogy 5 April 2011
Format:Paperback
"Ring Fire" brings together the three books in the Fleabag trilogy, "Fleabag and the Ring Fire", "Fealbag and the Fire Cat", and "Fleabag and The Ring's End". The books are also available as seperate volumes on Amazon.

Fleabag is an incorrigible three-legged moggy, who can not only talk, but takes great delight in letting his opinions be heard, mainly on the vital subjects of food, sleep, and food. He is cared for by Gemma, a palace maid with a great and heavy destiny ahead of her. With their companions, Phelan, a reformed thief, and Lady knight Rowanne, Fleabag and Gemma are sworn to defend the precious Ring Fire, which gives life and light to the Kingdom. But the evil blue wizards of Porthwain will do anything to get their hands on it, even turning the old friends against each other.

The characters are warm and sympathetic, especially Gemma, burdened with caring for the Ring Fire while still barely an adult. Fleabag is reminiscent of Barbara Sleigh's Carbonel, but with less dignity and a few more fleas! And while the novels may have a few too many fantasy cliches, and some of the writing is stilted in places, it would make a great introduction to the genre for young readers, while still being enjoyable for parents to read aloud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for children and adults 21 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
I was slightly surprised when my son asked me to buy this at his school's book fair; although he reads a lot, he doesn't much like fiction.He kept talking about how exciting the story was and how much he was enjoying it and we even had to tell him a few times at night to turn his light off and go to sleep. When he finally finished reading it, I decided to give it a go.

A couple of pages in and I was hooked. Fleabag, the cat, has a wicked sense of humour, making disparaging remarks to those he loves and sinking his claws and teeth into his enemies. He is extremely wise, opiniated and a fantastic ally in a fight (of which there are plenty). Orphan Gemma is the girl we can all identify with. She's unsure of the task with which she's been entrusted and doubts both her worthiness and her place in the world. Fellow orphan Phelan is a 'bad boy' when we meet him but he comes good and is destined for great things. I found the cast of characters, from the dying Queen Sophia to the Sorcerers, hostelers, knights and villagers, not forgetting of course, the mysterious fire-wielder, almost without exception, very well-drawn and believable. The Palace staff are a little sterotypically nasty but as they only have very small parts, it's a minor quibble.

There is a strong allegorical thread throughout, I'm not sure whether this is intentional but don't let it put you off.The writing is superb and the story line gripping and dramatic. As an adult, there aren't too many surprises but this is after all, a childrens book. What I particularly enjoyed was the way in which the author wrote about Gemma's feeling and emotions. It was so true to life and really stuck a chord with me. I will very definitely be buying more of her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love Fleabag 19 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
I am very fond of Fleabag the talking cat and his human companions, Gemma the kitchen Miad who turns out to have a surprising destiny, Phelan the boy who isn't what he seems, and Rowanne, the Lady Knight who isn't as invincible as she thinks she is. Their three exciting adventures are here brought together in one volume. These are delightful fantasy adventures with good characters, exciting plots, and plenty of humour. Any child who enjoys fantasy that isn't too heavy should like these books.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice collected edition 6 Sep 2012
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I'm glad I don't have to hunt down all three books now. Three cheers for Fleabag and the Ring Fire!
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