Dark (Guardians of Time Trilogy Series #2)

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Ethan and Isabel, heroes from The Named, are on a more exciting journey than ever and are joined by Isabel's brother Matt, who is still getting accustomed to life in the Guard. Arkarian, their ageless mentor, has been kidnapped and sent by the Goddess of Chaos to a frighteningly dark underworld. His friends have been forbidden to rescue him, but and ever-increasing connection to Arkarian drives Isabel to convince Ethan and Matt that they must risk everything to find him, despite the consequences Each of the ...

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Overview

Ethan and Isabel, heroes from The Named, are on a more exciting journey than ever and are joined by Isabel's brother Matt, who is still getting accustomed to life in the Guard. Arkarian, their ageless mentor, has been kidnapped and sent by the Goddess of Chaos to a frighteningly dark underworld. His friends have been forbidden to rescue him, but and ever-increasing connection to Arkarian drives Isabel to convince Ethan and Matt that they must risk everything to find him, despite the consequences Each of the characters must face the demons of their inner-self and draw upon what they find in their hearts in order to succeed. Told from the perspective of both Isabel and Arkarian, this sequel stands on its own as a testament to the power of friendship and the strength of love.

In this thrilling sequel to "The Named," Ethan and Isabel are joined by Isabel's brother, Matt, when Arkarian, their ageless mentor, is kidnapped and sent to a frightening underworld full of strange, otherworldly creatures.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Plenty of swashbuckling action with lively, believable characters. . . . Imaginative, suspenseful."
Publishers Weekly
Isabel, her friend Ethan, and her brother Matt are members of The Named, introduced in the launch title of the Guardians of Time series by Marianne Curley. Having sworn to defend the past against evil forces that would distort history itself, now the trio must join together against the vengeful Goddess of Chaos to rescue their mentor Arkarian from the horrific underworld in The Dark. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Fans will eat it up with a spoon."
Children's Literature
Book two of the "Guardians of Time" fantasy series finds young Isabel, her brother, Matt, and their friend, Ethan, braving the wrath of God and Goddess alike when they undertake a daring rescue mission. Arkarian, the 600-year-old mentor of the nine "Named" guardians of Veridian, is taken captive by the minions of the Goddess, Lathenia. Against the direct order of Lathenia's twin brother who is likewise her bitter enemy, Lorian, Isabel and her cohorts break through the rift between worlds to the underworld—a dark, desolate, land where the odds are stacked against any of them to return alive. Before they leave, however, they spend a lot of time arguing over who will go on what mission, and whose powers are more fully developed. Meanwhile, Chaos is creeping into the word. The prime symptom of oncoming doom seems to be the fact that high school students have begun to show careless disregard for the dress code. Everything works out in the end, with just enough of a cliffhanger to support the next volume of the series. 2003, Bloomsbury, Ages 10 to 14.
— Christopher Moning
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-A sequel to The Named (Bloomsbury, 2002), with ample introductions to characters and plot developments from that book. Lathenia controls the forces of the dark while her brother, Lorian, fights with the Named, nine ordinary humans with extraordinary gifts, to stop her. In this book, Arkarian, one of the most powerful of the Named, has been abducted and imprisoned by Lathenia in the furthest reaches of the Underworld. Isabel and Ethan, ordinary high school students by day and Guardians of Time by night, decide to attempt a rescue, joined by Isabel's brother Matt, newly Named but still untested and untrained in any special gift. Meanwhile, various combinations of the Named carry out several missions, visiting medieval France to protect the child who will become Arkarian's mother, and ancient Rome to prevent injury to Octavius, future emperor. Plot action dominates this story, with awkward attempts to add romance to the tangled relationships among the main characters. The novel is poorly written, with sentence fragments and awkward constructions popping up throughout. There is an incongruous use of knees and fists by characters who can send energy bolts from their fingertips, but it does give Isabel ample practice in using her gift of healing power on all the broken bones and bleeding wounds. Ultimately, several loose ends are tied up, but new questions arise that will presumably be addressed in the next installment of this series. There is enough action and excitement here to keep nondiscriminating readers involved, but little else.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another helping of time-travel fantasy, heavy on the melodrama, in a sequel to The Named (2002). The Goddess of Chaos, irate that the Guardians of Time defeated her lover Marduke, abducts Arkarian, the ageless wizard of the Guard, and imprisons him in a dark dimension of unending torture. Although the Immortal leader of the Guard expressly forbids any rescue attempt, three of the Named-the impetuous Ethan, his former Apprentice Isabel, and Isabel's brother Matt-dare to go after their mentor. Their ventures through medieval France, ancient Rome, and finally the nightmarish underworld, would be laughably anachronistic and badly sketched were they not so clearly secondary to the heart-wringings of teenage angst. Will Isabel and Arkarian ever acknowledge that they are soulmates, or will his eternal youth and her former crush on Ethan get in the way? Will Ethan and Matt ever reconcile their friendship, torn apart over the traitor they both loved? And who could be Arkarian's father? Pure soap-opera fluff with only the lightest sprinkling of the fantastic; but fans will eat it up with a spoon. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582346649
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/3/2005
  • Series: Guardians of Time Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 299,387
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.61 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Curley is the author of The Named and Old Magic (S&S). She is a native of Australia. She finds writing for young adults challenging and satisfying. She has three teenage children, whose conversations and experiences inspire her writing. They are also her fervent critics.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    love it!!! a must!

    I got the first one on Tuesday and by Thursday i read the complete trilogy.

    The Named:
    4.5/5
    Very good. It really pulls you in. The Prologue is semi-creepy but it doesn't get like that again.

    The Dark
    4/5
    Not my favorite. Its a little musy but it's still really good. Its 2/3 action 1/3 romance. The ending is very good.

    The Key
    4.75/5
    My favorite. I loved the point of view from 2 people who feel a little left out. The ending wasn't what I thought would happen. I was so surprised.
    The Trilogy: 4.25/5
    Its a little dramatic but it brings you in.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2007

    A Guilty Pleasure

    To enjoy these novels requires the ability to ignore the writing. The books are guilty pleasures because, when one reads with a discerning mind, you cringe at the writing which seems as if it was penned by a high school student. That being said, its hard not to get hooked on this light action adventure with such interesting characters as Arkarian, son of an immortal who's six hundred years old but stopped aging at the age of 18. Light, angsty, soap opera style romances between the characthers can't help but pull you in. Even though the books sometimes seem like they skim over topics that could've been more deeply delved into, you can't help getting hooked on this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Weak writting

    It was not what I expected.....slightly disappointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    The named

    It captured me immediatly. I am one to be interested in horror, fantasy, and romance. This bookis all three into one. I am buying the next two books as soon as possible!

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    AMAZING!

    OK I have to say I think there could have been a longer ending. I mean I LOVED how it turned out but I wish they could have had more detail on how things went afterwards. The characters were amazing! There was always a huge suprize in every chapter. I loved the first one but the second one is just unbelievable. cant wait till i get the third one!

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    great all around book

    I loved this book so much. I liked much better than the first and I loved THAT book. I am just starting the third. I love Arkarian he's my favorite character in the series so far and I loved his story with Isabel. So good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    Best one of the Guardians of Time Trilogy...

    This second installment in the Guardians of Time Trilogy is by far the best. The first was also great, but the third just dropped me off a cliff, if you know what i mean. The second one found a thrilling balance between action and romance, and anyone who loves the adventure romance types of books will love this series. The story is also exciting because it is told from many different points of view, therefore giving the reader the emotions of even the villain, which always heightens the irony of any plot. If you have nothing to do over a weekend and need a good read, i highly recommend this whole series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2007

    extremely awesome

    this second book i read was really good. alot of combat with magic, i like a book with good action in it. and magic happens to be something i really like in a book like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    Good!!!!!

    I loved this book!!! But I give it a 4 because it lacks the detail and discription of whats happening. I love how Akarian and Isabel's relation turned out. I can't belive he was going to give up his power of youthfulness to be with her in her world. It broght tears to my eyes, and thats hard to do, this is a definite must read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Passion

    This book has to be the best in the trilogy. The passion and adventure mount and I find it hard to believe that anyone could find it lacking. Isabel and Arkarian's romance takes flight and other than an intense need for their story to be further explored, I was wholly satisfied with this installment. It's a great read, and I suggest it for all people who have read and enjoyed the first book, the Named.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    Better than the named

    This book was soooo much better than the first one as you got more into the characters. The end was the best ending to a book that i have read in a very long time, and that's saying something....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2005

    BEST BOOK EVER, even better than the first

    This book is even better than the first book. I loved it and i receomend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    The Philosophy Of It All

    The series has been nothing but a complete disappointment to me and I put my shame on it. Don't get me wrong, as far as writing style and the pacing on it, it all is very well put together. But the ideas it portrays aer, I have to say, disagreeable. The characters' dilemna between right and wrong are not as great a concern as what side they claim to stand. You cannot simply follow someone else whom you believe to be right, but figure out what is RIGHT FOR YOURSELF. Isabel, Arkarian, Matt, Ethan, all of them act under one law, THAT THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR RIGHT BECAUSE LORIAN IS RIGHT. It's just all totally not the way life should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    Awsome!!

    I love this novel soooo much, i had to right down the part with Isabel and Arakian kissing. It was just soooo sweet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    The Key

    one of my favourites! does anyone know when the end of the trilogy is coming out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    Great Book!

    I went out and bought this book right after I finished The Named. Both are excellent books, full of adventure. Hopefully the third installment of the Guardians of Time will be out soon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    Great Book to Read

    I loved this book! Most times I'm not really into reading but I read this book so fast. I absoutely loved this book! I can't wait till the next one comes out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2004

    most awsomelycool book!EVER!!

    i readthe first book,and it was a thrilling cliffhanger.i couldnt put it down.the dark is just as great.every page leaves you in knots.if you like thrilling,funny,adventurous fantasynovels,this is the Perfect book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2004

    I liked this book a lot

    I read this book during the summer, and it became one of my favorite books. I hope the third book of this series will be out soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2004

    GREAT

    the book is the best adventure book i have ever read. there is some spooky moments and some with love and friendship. this book made me finish it without stopping.

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