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Book Review

Burn – Patrick Ness

On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm.

This dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul but is seemingly intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby.

Kazimir knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents – and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.


He’s done it again. Patrick Ness’ books always captivate me in a way no others do. I am obsessed from the very beginning and I don’t ever want to put them down. Burn was no different, and I loved every part of it.

Burn was a slow starter, I’m not going to lie. I do find that Patrick Ness’ books often are as he sets the scenes well. This one is st in the 1950s in a small town in America. The protagonist is a mixed race girl of 15 and that setting and her life experiences were enough to make me want to carry on reading. I can’t imagine what that world was like for mixed race and ethnic minority teens. But through into the mix that the world in Burn has dragons in it and you get a really interesting story.

It takes a while for us to meet Kazimir in the story but once we do things ramp up. You get more of an idea of what is going on, Malcolm comes into the story and it turns into a bit more of an adventure. There’s a strange cult of sorts and a background that you want to know more about. Theres a prophecy and the book turns into a real page turner and I don’t want to say more about what happens as I’d run the risk of spoilers, but I loved where their adventure takes them.

The prophecy was exciting to see play out and the way it twists and turns as it unravels was fascinating. I never saw any of the story coming and thats what kept me excited page by page. My copy was borrowed from my local library and I’m a little gutted that I’m not going to have it to return to time and time again.

Burn was published on 7th May 2020 by Walker Books. My copy was borrowed from my local library.

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