Title: Burnt Children
Author: R.E. Washington
Publisher: R.E Washington, via Smashwords | Amazon | iBooks
Pub. Date: December 13th, 2011
Burnt Children is about a girl, Elaria, who was born with the wrong kind of magic. Because of this, her magic was torn from her, and she (and those like her are) is treated like a second-class citizen. Elaria is different from most of her Burnt Children peers, though: She can see magic. It this ability which sets Elaria's story in motion, for without she would never have been drawn to the magical pendant that causes her so much trouble without it.
Burnt Children are not allowed to handle magical artifacts. Knowing this, Elaria takes the pendant, anyway, and shortly after she is on the run, for freedom and her life. The Purifiers are on her tail, they know of the pendant, and they know what it being in Elaria's hands means. The pendant is the key, and the conspiracy surrounding Elaria's life, what happened fifty years earlier to make people so afraid of the Burnt Children, soon starts to unravel. Ultimately, Elaria is left with a choice: Will she follow through with her original plans and find herself a safe haven? Or, will she help save the world?
One of the things I absolutely loved about this book was how well the concept of magic, or Meli, and how it worked within the society was developed. It's not often that magic in books is explained in such depth. True, this could be a headache for some, but I found it rather refreshing since, oftentimes, magic in stories is taken just for what it is – it's magic, it doesn't need any rhyme or reason for how it works. Sure, sometimes you might learn how it can be wielded and who can wield it, but that's usually about it.
In Burnt Children, though, R.E. Washington takes the time to explain to us why magic is so important in Elaria's society, and to the people who inhabit it. It's rather key for this story, I think.
If I'm being honest, then I would have to say that Meli wasn't the only thing that Washington had a clear picture of in her mind.