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All That Lives Must Die (Mortal Coils Series #2)

All That Lives Must Die (Mortal Coils Series #2)

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by Eric Nylund
     
 

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Eliot and Fiona Post are twins caught up in an epic custody battle between their mother's and father's families. Their mother is the immortal goddess Atropos, the eldest Fate, and their father is Lucifer, Lord of the infernals, a diabolical fallen angel. The families have put them through rigorous, life-threatening challenges, and together they've risen to combat

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Eliot and Fiona Post are twins caught up in an epic custody battle between their mother's and father's families. Their mother is the immortal goddess Atropos, the eldest Fate, and their father is Lucifer, Lord of the infernals, a diabolical fallen angel. The families have put them through rigorous, life-threatening challenges, and together they've risen to combat them in amazing ways. But now they are facing the greatest trial of all—high school.

Paxington Unviersity is no normal high school—it's a place where gods and goddesses, warriors and socerers learn to harness their power, where a debate in class can end in a duel, and your classmates aren't simply friends or enemies, but allies in battle or threats to your life. To flunk is to die—only the toughest graduate. As Fiona and Eliot struggle to keep up their grades by surviving the rigorous training, both families are watching.

High school is bad enough, but imagine being caught in the midst of an immortal/infernal war....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Following the events of 2009's Mortal Coils, 15-year-old twins Fiona and Eliot Post--children of Lucifer and the goddess Atropos--come into their powers at the onset of a vast battle between supernatural entities. Forced to enroll in an ultra-competitive magical school called Paxington, where even gym class can prove lethal, the twins encounter such mysterious, dangerous, and intriguing characters as headmistress Miss Weston and gym teacher Mister Ma, while learning more about familiar characters like slick Uncle Henry and Lucifer himself. Nylund masterfully blends the mundane details of studying with an epic war in Hell, and with similar skill portrays Fiona and Eliot's sibling bond even as their political and romantic interests diverge. Nylund has hit his stride, piling on the plot developments, but never losing sight of the standout characterizations that made the first book memorable. (July)
From the Publisher

“Nylund has hit his stride, piling on the plot developments, but never losing sight of the standout characterizations that made the first book memorable.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“All That Lives Must Die is a tour de force that's guaranteed to solidify Eric Nylund's standing as one of today's top authors of Urban Fantasy. I can't wait to read the next novel in the series.” —BSCKids

“ ...a masterful work detailing dozens of stories and myths into one seamlessly well written novel.” —Whatchamacallit Reviews

Mortal Coils is a young adult urban fantasy … a wonderful entry into this genre… A truly fast-paced thrill ride that is both rich in story-telling and intellectually fun to play with.” —Fantasyliterature.net

“A brilliant blend of urban fantasy, fantastic atmosphere, and ancient mythology.” —BSC on Mortal Coils

“A hair-raising tale… finely crafted characterizations.” —Booklist on Mortal Coils

“A genuinely engaging series opener that should appeal to a wide variety of readers, from urban fantasy lovers to fans of myth-based fiction.” —Library Journal on Mortal Coils

“A sparkling and complicated story filled with dangerous, intriguing events and characters.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765362919
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/29/2011
Series:
Mortal Coils Series, #2
Pages:
896
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.42(d)

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Meet the Author

Eric Nylund is the author of the epic fantasy series that began with Mortal Coils and continues in All That Lives Must Die. He is also the author of several books in the bestselling Halo series--Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: First Strike, and Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and--and The Resistors series for middle grade readers. Nylund earned degrees in chemistry at U.C. Santa Barbara and U.C. San Diego before leaving his Ph.D. program to become a writer. Besides writing his novels, he is the Director of Narrative Design at Microsoft Game Studios. He lives near Seattle on a rain-drenched mountain with his wife, Syne Mitchell, and their son.

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All That Lives Must Die 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Annie-Pannie More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS A GREAT READ. VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE PARANORMAL FANTASY SCI-FI I MOSTLY READ AND VERY WELL WRITTEN. THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IS A SMOOTH TRANSITION FROM MORTAL COILS WE SEE THE NATURAL GROWTH AND MATURITY OF THE CHARACTERS.ITS A BETTER READ THAN THE FIRST IN THE SERIES AND THE PLOT MOVES ALONG AT A FASTER PACE. THERE ARE NO DULL MOMENTS IN ALL THAT LIVES MUST DIE. I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THIS SERIES
billinjax More than 1 year ago
This is the best sci-fi series I've ever read. I cnnot wait until the nextt book is published. The character deveolpment, pacing and beadth of scope are incredible. I've been reading sci fi and fantasy since I was 5 and I am now 65. Nylund is truly exceptional. The only current writer who comes close is Jim Butcher, and perhaps Simon Greene.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing series I couldn't put it down. I really hope he can finish it I'm dying to read the third book. I had the same problem with my color as anonymous did though mine kept repeating page 81 then jumping back but i fixed mine by restarting my color and didnt have the problem again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two words describes this book and series so far-outstanding stories!
GhostwriterNY More than 1 year ago
Mr. Nylund has done it again great transition from mortal coils and this book is just as good if I dare say better no more action packed would be an more appropriate comparison to Mortal Coils the first book. In the series. Go out and get this book NOW!!!!
KC-Lewis More than 1 year ago
After reading reviews of this book, I ordered it immediately. I just couldn't read it fast enough. It was well written, very interesting, and managed to effectively tell the story of all the characters without being too excessive or boring. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. This is one of the best books I've read in recent days. This is the 1st book I have read from this author, I look forward to the next book.
CyanideSamurai More than 1 year ago
Kind of like Harry Potter for adults. Except with Gods.
peterpoway More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in a long time and better (much) than the first Mortal Coils book. In many ways, this book is two books in that the first part deals with the kids in school and the second part the conflict where the kids destiny begins to be shaped. The book is incredibly interesting and complex and I did not want to put it down. Without giving too much away, Eric Nylund has created an interesting universe where neither family is truly good or evil. In this universe he has fleshed out worlds based on current events and mythic gods of the past. The way he "humanizes" the gods is very interesting and compelling. With regard to the story, both kids have their purpose, but neither truly sees the issues with its own side. This is one of the ways the book is so interesting as the kids, who are potentially members of either side, get to see the good in both, but also the flaws and evil. Add on to this that both start to grow up and have romantic feelings, which lead one down a path completely different than the others. At the end of the book you are left hanging. It appears that each kid has chosen a path; one that will likely lead them to choose different sides; but this can still change. Overall, this is a great book and I can't wait to read number three. It cannot come soon enough.
burn-m-taz More than 1 year ago
Very nicely done Eric. I like the way you intertwine the knowledge of experience and objectivity with the complexity of the altered states of consciousness and subjectivity. It is almost like.yes, you can touch it with your whole being.blink and it is gone. Just the remnants of a breathless experience tinge on the outskirts of your mind until you pick the story back up to find out "what's next". Thanks for the moments and look forward to the future moments of the Post saga.
Nick09 More than 1 year ago
Once again Eric Nylund enchanted me, this book is defiantly one of he best things i have ever read. This and Mortal Coils had me enticed from the get go, the only times i put this book down was to go to work, i cannot wait for the third book. This book has new turns and twists during every chapter. The tension that comes up over the 2 families is intoxicating i have given this book to every one in my family and they have all loved it. It has everything you can expect from a good book, a lot of good books have some but this has it all. I hope this will finally get Eric Nylund the respect he deserves i have been reading his books for as long as they have been out and they have all been great but his tops all.
Robotica83 More than 1 year ago
And I loved the first one, so that's saying something! "Mortal Coils" introduces you to Fiona and Eliot Post, the offspring of an angel and a demon. In that book, they must face three "heroic trials" to determine whether they belong with the Immortals of Heaven or the Infernals of Hell. Although it seems a decision is reached at the end, "All That Lives Must Die" shows us that the twins are far from done with the other side of their family. They go to a magical school where their story becomes much richer in discovering more about their powers and other immortal beings. The second book has many more colorful characters, more surprising twists, more romance, and more battles between the forces of good and evil. Good for anyone who loves adventure and fantasy, and also those who like mythology, as most of the famous gods, goddesses, and devils make an appearance at some point or another.
hunter44 More than 1 year ago
Im not going to write a long review because its not my thing, however i will say it is one of the best books i have ever read!!! In my opinion it tops the first book Mortal Coils, which is no easy task! This book has everything u could want, action,suspense,romance,drama,mystery and anything else you would want. The best part about it is how he writes the book, it always keeps your mind wondering and wanting more. I give the book 5 stars and am already dying for the 3rd book. If you havent goten the second book or have not read the first one, i recomend to all readers to get it, you are missing out on an epic adventure and one of the best sci-fi/fantasy series ever written!!!!!!!
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AddictedtotheWrittenWord More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. I've read and re-read both of these two books many times and they have yet to get to the part where I'm skipping parts to get to the "good ones." If anything I read them more completely to see if I've missed anything. (Not yet) I can't wait for the third in the series to come out. As with all of his books, these are supremely well written and engaging.
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I need book three. Where is it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the third book. The series gets better as it goes along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story, great character development, lots of Fun action! READ IT! Read "Mortal Coils" first, though. My Color had a problem in chapter 41. Paging forward would either loop back to same page or earlier, at times into chapter 40. The solution I used was to pull up in-book menu, go into 'Contents', select Chapter 42, and page back to the next page. Did this thrice to finish chapter.
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