Dark (Guardians of Time Trilogy Series #2)

Dark (Guardians of Time Trilogy Series #2)

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by Marianne Curley
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582346649
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/03/2005
Series:
Guardians of Time Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
162,036
Product dimensions:
4.61(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.07(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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