Blood Ties (Spirit Animals Series #3)

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The adventure continues in this third book of the epic multiplatform fantasy series.

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Overview


The adventure continues in this third book of the epic multiplatform fantasy series.

Confidential until April 2014!

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The multi-author Spirit Animals series continues with an exciting set-to between Meilen and the cruel Conquerors who would destroy the ancient bond between the humans and the animals of Erdas. (P.S. Meilen's spirit animal panda contributes to the story's drama and sweetness.)

Children's Literature - Jeanna Potts
Can Meilin and her friends locate the talismans and save their countryland? Blood Ties is the third book in the “Spirit of the Animals” series. Meilin, Conor, Tarik, Rollan, and Abeke each have a spirit animal that communicates with them and guides them. As the story develops, the chapters alternate between the travels of Meilin to the travels of her friends. Meilin and her friends search for her dad, General Teng. They have left their home because the enemy, the Conquerors, led by the Devourer, invaded it. Searching for talismans, which have special powers, this group hopes to use these talismans to defeat the Conquerors. The author skillfully weaves the story and builds suspension making the reader want to continue reading the story. Each character has unique and consistent personalities. This is a story readers will enjoy. Scholastic has created online supplemental materials, which include a teacher’s guide and aligns it with Common Core provisions. There is also an online game for this book, which allows the reader to create a character, to select a spirit animal and to participate in the effort to locate talismen and save the world. Reviewer: Jeanna Potts; Ages 8 to 13.
School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 1–3—In the third installment of this multiplatform fantasy adventure series, Nix and Williams team up to tell the story of Meilin and Jhi, her panda spirit animal, as they help her father defend her homeland of Zhong.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545522458
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Series: Spirit Animals Series , #3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 10,553
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Garth Nix is the New York Times best-selling author of the Seventh Tower series, as well as the acclaimed novels SABRIEL, LIRAEL, and ABHORSEN. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.

New York Times-bestselling author Sean Williams lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He is the author of over sixty published short stories and twenty-two novels, and has written several novels in the Star Wars universe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Hehehehe

    I don't need to read the book to know it will be good. When the last book left off Melin had decided to go back to Zhong to see if her father is still alive. Four words
    I
    MUST
    READ
    IT

    18 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    cool

    Love the first two books can't wait far this one to come out.

    14 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Synopsis (May contain some light spoilers for earlier books in t

    Synopsis (May contain some light spoilers for earlier books in the series): Meilen has run away from the Greencloaks to search for her father in her homeland of Zhong. Conor, Abeke, and Rollan quickly follow - they hope to recover their friend and get the Slate Elephant talisman from Dinesh, the Great Elephant. But Zhong has been conquered, so the kids must fight through armies of enemies to find what they seek. The Devourer is gaining power, and he will stop at nothing to take over all of Erdas with his nature-defiling bile. 




    My thoughts: Another great installment of the series. And they just keep getting better and better! (Not, of course, because the authors are changing, but because the plot and characters are developing as the series progresses.) Like in the earlier books, Blood Ties shows the power friendship - of working with your team rather than trying to fight evil alone. It encourages trust - of your partners, your friends, and the power of Good to conquer Evil. Most of all, the story is fun. It's a delight to watch as the kids' distinct characters develop, and how each character adds to the dynamics of the team. The world-building is also a lot of fun - it has both a familiar and a novel taste. For instance, Zhong is the Erdas-equivalent of Asia. The comparison is undeniable, and yet Zhong's culture and scenery are also delightfully unique. And, of course, this book is filled with adventures, intrigue, and battles - which any lover of middle grade fantasy / adventure books craves. I'm looking forward to the release of the next book in the series, Fire and Ice, in July.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Anonymous

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! Gotta read it..

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    This book is amazing

    Awesome

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Aqua cat

    This book AMAZING!!! I actully never even had to read it to know it was a good book. I highly reccomend it you guys! I can not wait untill Fire and ice comes out in July. And actully, you can go on the barnes and noble website and order it. Once you order it, it comes June instead of July. You can be one of the first ones to get it in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also have ordered it online and can't wait to get it! You should really do that. But make sure that you do not order another book that you really want with it because if you do you will get that book in June with the other book. Enjoy this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Anonymous

    This seiries is absoulutley amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Bdbhd

    ID LOVE TO READ THIS BOOK I LOVED THE FIRST TWO BOOKS ALL JUST AMAZING

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    These Spirit Animals books get better and better! This third ins

    These Spirit Animals books get better and better! This third installment was chock full of exciting action sequences and palpable danger. We also see a lot more character development, especially as Meilin struggles to understand her place with the Greencloaks. I enjoyed seeing her relationship with Jhi, her spirit animal panda, strengthen. After two books of wanting to throttle Meilin, it was a nice change of pace for her to finally get real.

    In this third book of the multi-author Spirit Animals series, the Conquerers are devouring whole cities in their quest to disrupt and control the bond between animals and humans. Concerned for her homeland, Meilin has left the others to find her father and fight the enemy. But Meilin soon finds that she's not the only one sneaking into the country.

    The story takes place largely in the country of Zhong, a pseudo Asia. Nix and Williams fill the book's locations with rich details. Over the course of Blood Ties we visit a massive bamboo maze, a swamp teeming with enraged crocodiles, and a lake surrounded by high cliffs. This is the first of the Spirit Animals books that really showed me the world of Erdas.

    I was also glad to see a stronger focus on the overall problem of the series, the Devourer's quest to conquer Erdas. Those enormous crazy-eyed crocodiles were terrifying!

    In my review of Book 2, I had to write a qualification about how multi-author series often water down the elements that make an author's writing style unique. However, that was not true in Blood Ties. I love Garth Nix's other books, such as Shade's Children and Sabriel, for his marvelous world-building. He and Williams pulled off a great world in this book too. Cheers!

    Overall, my students and I really love these books and this one is the best so far. Some of my fifth graders have expressed concern that the series is starting to get a bit repetitive. The first 3 are unique enough to be fun reads, but there is some formulaic writing emerging. It hasn't been annoying yet since the authors have mixed it up, but it I agree with my students that it will be a challenge to keep this series fresh.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Wow

    I cannt belive that I can preorder book 4 andv5

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    T

    This book is interesting. But the stupidity of Meil. Is so annoying, that if i ever met her i would punch her!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Great

    Yay

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Hi

    This is way too bloody

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    I'm gonna do it

    I'm gonna make this a competition on april 31st start rereadin or reading this book who ever finishes posts it with thier name NO CHEATING! The winner will be anounced May 20th got it? Ok let's do this

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    READ THIS REVEIW XD

    Ok u probs wondering why ima weiting dis reveiw befor i finish da bbook. Well peoples, i know no dis book is gonna b good just like da first 2. Can no twait until the new and fourth book. Fire an ic come out yayayya this is lie the best book seris evs s read and buy dis book.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Ok

    Its not the best i've read. The first an the second were better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Yellowstone pack

    " west yellowstone" result one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Free ipad

    Kiss your hand 3 times post this in three books and look under your pillow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    THE LOST TRIBES SEASON TWO PART 1

    Sunny was in the rainforest again, looking around at the surrounding trees and chirping birds and sloths that were climbing the trees. Poor Starflight had taken a "flight" and that BACKSTABBER FATEBETRAYER took them on a trail to think she was actually good. Sunny knew Fatespeaker was still alive. They were still in danger. A few hours earlier Glory had said the school they were going to make was going to be somewhere else or wasn't even going to be built. How is the school going to be built anyway, thought Sunny, but she had no clue. The rainforest looked very calm but the tunnel to the NightWing home seemed...well, alive. She had to go in there. Or just a short visit to see her mother in the Kingdom of Sand. But my friends will get worried! Sunny thought frantically. But the Rainforest got boring at times with all the mangoes and healers and blablabla... Maybe she..."Don't you move an INCH. You're being taken," Sunny knew that voice anywhere. That was Fatespeaker. Sunny kicked her in the stomach, causing her to stumble to the ground as Fatespeaker blew fire at her. Sunny dodged and quickly flew to the Kingdom of Sand while Fatespeaker madly followed, blowing fire. "What happened, Fatespeaker? We always..." "DON'T. EVEN. THINK. ABOUT IT!" Fatespeaker paused for every word,"I have a better home in the LavaLands! I have better FRIENDS there!" "LavaLands? Friends? What are you talking about?" Sunny flew around to face the purple NightWing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Spirit Animals rock

    This book is so great i love the adventures it is almost as good as the Eragon series written by Christopher Paolini.But in both these series i cant stop reading it is so well written.

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