First Lines: Buried Fire

Trapped below a mountain, the dragon waits. Occasionally, one of his discarded thoughts creep up to the surface. And every once in awhile, somebody gets captured by one of those thoughts, and receives some of the dragon’s powers. Now, the ancient seal that keeps the dragon imprisoned is broken, and his disciples plan to awaken him.

Buried Fire, Jonathan Stroud’s first novel, is nowhere near as good as his Bartimeaus-series. The concept of the story is interesting enough, but the execution is lacking.

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Jonathan Stroud — Buried Fire
First line
Under the old king’s barrow, in a hollow place hidden from the winter mist and the summer sun, a dragon coils.