Barbarian (Sons of the Dark Series #1)

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Obie hates Los Angeles and all the junk that goes with it-especially trying to fit in at Thomas Turney High School. But with bounty hunters trying to capture him, his Renegade roommates urge him to lay low with his band and forget about ever getting back hoome. it's hard to blend in at school, though, when you've just made enemies with the football team. Obie can't keep away from Allison, the most popular girl in school and the girlfriend of the star quarterback, Sledge. And when his true love, Inna, shows up and...

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Overview

Obie hates Los Angeles and all the junk that goes with it-especially trying to fit in at Thomas Turney High School. But with bounty hunters trying to capture him, his Renegade roommates urge him to lay low with his band and forget about ever getting back hoome. it's hard to blend in at school, though, when you've just made enemies with the football team. Obie can't keep away from Allison, the most popular girl in school and the girlfriend of the star quarterback, Sledge. And when his true love, Inna, shows up and pleads for his help, Obie must return to the one place he fears most.

Having escaped from Nefandus, a parallel universe where he was made an immortal slave, fifteen-year-old Obie must return to retrieve his mother's rune stones in order to fulfill his destiny in modern-day Los Angeles as one of the four Sons of the Dark.

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Publishers Weekly
Lynne Ewing launches a male companion series of sorts to her Daughters of the Moon series, with Sons of the Dark: Barbarian. She introduces three Los Angeles teens, ancient warriors living in the present day. Obie is a shape-shifting Visigoth with the ability to use runes, who must return to the shadow world of Nefandus in order to rescue Berto, a Toltec warrior. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Fans of Ewing's Daughters of the Moon series will be eager to continue the saga with these male heroes who originated there. These first two novels introduce the Sons of the Dark, four immortal, handsome teens who possess unique magical powers, including the ability to turn to shadow to elude captors. They have all escaped slavery in Nefandus, the evil, parallel universe accessible through modern-day Los Angeles. Now they must come together to fulfill a common destiny and save the world. In Barbarian, readers focus on Obie, guitar player and rune reader extraordinaire. Along with setting up the series, this volume contains Obie's struggle to conform to an L.A. lifestyle and to understand and develop his unique powers. With Escape, Samuel joins the cast and must decide whether to trust the other Sons of the Dark to fulfill a destiny that he has never even heard of before, or to trust Ashley, the sexy, twenty-first-century California babe, who says all the right things. Both novels have a romantic interest, although it never goes very far because whenever one of the Sons kisses a human girl, they suck out their souls and almost kill them. Escape appears to move faster than Barbarian but only because the characters and backgrounds are already established. Ewing manages to weave an interesting tale with a higher vocabulary level than most teen series. This new series would make a good addition to fiction collections in both schools and libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to12). 2004, Hyperion, 266p., PLB . Ages 11 to 18.
—Melissa Potter
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Being a Visigoth warrior from another dimension does not make it easier for Obie when the bullies attack him at school, but as the immortal 15-year-old tries to conform to modern-day Los Angeles, he finds the constrictions on his powers frustrating. When his evil aunt kidnaps his roommate, Obie travels back to rescue Berto and find his mother's rune stones. Combining gorgeous guys, runic spells, and time travel in a readable and thrilling way, Ewing is set to have another successful series in the vein of her "Daughters of the Moon" books (Hyperion). Reluctant readers up to the most sophisticated teen bibliophiles will be eagerly awaiting the next installment.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The author of the Daughters of the Moon series switches her focus to boys and crams an amazing selection of fantasies into this silly novel. Supernatural 15-year-olds have traveled through time to masquerade as present-day Los Angeles high-school students. Obie, our hero, actually is an ancient Visigoth warrior cursed at birth, the son of a legendary king. In his spare time, he works as a rock star and is haunted by his One True Love, left behind in ancient times. He is also, of course, immortal, and a bit of a reluctant vampire. Can he conquer the forces of darkness that threaten to consume his own soul and defeat his ancient aunt, an evil sorceress? Ewing astonishes with the number of cliches she can pack into a paragraph. Her effort could be useful, however, for engaging highly reluctant readers. It adds new dimensions to "zit lit." (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786818112
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 7/27/2004
  • Series: Sons of the Dark Series , #1
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2007

    A reviewer

    One of the best books ever!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    didn't read it yet

    i wasn't sure if i wanted to read it because i didn't think it would be as great as the DOTM series because i LOVE them. but then i started reading the comments and i was like WOW i didn't know that it still had to do with things and characters from DOTM!! i am SO gonna buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    Incredible!

    The first moment I saw this book, I thought 'wow! what a hot guy on the cover!' Then I read the back, and it sounded really good! I bought it. I started reading it, and I couldn't stop! It was so suspenseful! This book took me to an exciting new world called Nefandus. Lynne Ewing did a wonderful job writng this book. Obie is a wonderful character. I would deffinitley recommend for you to read the second.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2006

    Sons not as good as Daughters

    The 'Sons of the Dark' books were ok, but they were not as good as 'The Daughters of the Moon' books that are great. It does give a different view. But it was kind of boring and lacked details. But do read the Daughters books because they are worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    awesome

    This was a really great book! It was really exciting and interesting. I couldn't put it down! Definitely recommended if you liked The Daughters of the Moon series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2005

    Awesome

    When I first saw the SOTD series, I was sure it wouldn't be as good as the DOTM series. But one day I decided to get the first book,and I'm so glad I did! It was just as good as the DOTM series. I'm glad that Lynn Ewing kept to the way she wrote DOTM with how she wrote SOTD,but that she also gave it it's own flare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2005

    way better than dotm!

    this book was WAY better than dotm!dotm got boring after a while and i only read a few of those then stopped.i like how l.e. described the characters.especially obie i like him the most!this is exactly the kind of book i like i've already read the 2nd one and can't wait for the 3rd!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Awsome

    Do you love DOM? Do have all of the DOM books? Then get this new series - it corrosponds the Daughters and gives a great guy look on their whole ordeal. Buy it now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2004

    One word Awesome

    the book was amesome. its as good as the daughters of the moon. the only bad thing is it leaves you hanging. you want to know what obie's destiny is and what the legend is ahhhh and what happens between obie and allison!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    Just as good as her other series

    This book is mainly about four boys who have to close the portals into and outof Nefandus. They also have to get the people who are enslaved there (servi) out while bonding with each other. Each one of them has a unique power of thier own, they must learn to master these powers in order to complete their destiney. Obie,Berto,and Kyle must find thier fourth and tell him what he is but, keep themselves safe at the same time. These boys are from all different times as you will soon find out. Can they fufill their destiney?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2004

    BeSt, So LoVe It

    It's such a great series and so is DOM... I love it!!!!!!!!! It's so awsome, Lynne Ewing rocks!!!!! DOM and SOTD is the best books ever!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2004

    loved it

    Obie is a 15 year old guy who was once a Visigoth warrior with the ability to cast spells using runes which were tought by his mother who is living in 21st century Los Angeles and is trying very hard to fit in. Obie hates all the junk that goes with L.A. and just wants to return back home but in order to do that he has to return to the one place he fears the most: Nefandus which is run by Followers and Regulators of the ancient evil ehich everyone should know is the atrox(DOTM) although its not mentioned by name. besides that, Obie is having a hard time living a normal life while being holder of a deadly secret as Sons of the Dark they have a dark side which is if they try falling in love with a girl and kissing them they try sucking thier souls out which is a samilar power to Followers because Followers are desperate to suck the life force and hope out of people who become their victims. i like this book alot but the next one is even better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2004

    Awesome Book

    This book is just as good as the Daughters of the Moon series, but in its own way. This book mainly focuses on Obie who is a Renegade that escaped from Nefandus. His roomates, Kyle (who's all about rules) and Betro (who eats grasshoppers) are also Renegades.

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