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Hunted

I received my copy from the publisher.
hunted
By: Maggie Stiefvater
Spirit Animals bk 2
Conor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollan are some of the lucky few able to summon spirit animals, in fact they are strangely gifted to have summoned four of the great animals. The problem is they don’t really know how to bond and work properly with their animals yet and they don’t have a lot of time to learn. They are charged with finding another of another talisman but the way is fraught with danger the enemy have found a way to force the bonding but it is a twisted thing and for Conor things are particularly difficult because the boy he used to be servant to has had a forced bonding and is claiming to be better than Conor ever could be, putting Conor’s home firmly on the other side of the battle. This also leaves him with a very difficult dilemma that only he can face.
The four youngsters are interesting for all their differences, the ways they struggle to interact with each other and their animals is what makes for such interesting reading. None of them find the journey they are now on easy. They each have their own choices and for Conor this instalment is particularly tough because his family are in such danger. There is plenty of action and a tight story that drags you in and keeps you interested. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: 01 January 2014
Format: Paperback 208 pages
ISBN 13: 9781742839998
Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

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Wild Born

I received my copy from the publisher.wild-bornBy: Brandon Mull

Spirit Animals bk 1

When a child turns 11 they are tested to see if they have the ability to bond with a Spirit Animal. It is a special gift that gives great powers to both. Some people come from long lines of bonded others are never expected to have the ability. Still all are tested. Things are unsettled throughout the land though and from four different corners four children summon the most unheard of animals. Wolf, leopard, panda and falcon. There is a reason no-one summons these creatures, for they are creatures from legend. Now though things have changed as Connor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollan each find themselves bonded to a great beast.

It soon becomes apparent that these four are key to the great battle that is drawing upon them, they will all have a part to play as the fate of Erdas has fallen on their shoulders, however unprepared they are for it.

A great adventure story. The four central characters are very different and this makes for an interesting dynamic. They are very distinctive characters who have different backgrounds that influence them, different cultures they come from and different motivations that drive them. The story itself is interesting, a great threat, the return of creatures of legend whose power isn’t what it once was because they are so young again. The world created by Mull is detailed, the races distinctive and easy to visualise as they are drawn from that which many would find familiar. There is much growth needed in the following books and it will be interesting to see where it goes. A fun concept, a battle of good and evil, a wonderful (hopefully) adventure in the process.

A thoroughly enjoyable read.

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Published: 01 October 2013

Format: Paperback 208 pages

Categories: Adventure, Fantasy

ISBN 13: 9781742839974

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

 

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