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The Dark
     

The Dark

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by Marianne Curley
 

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Isabel and Ethan are joined by Isabel's brother Matt, who is still getting accustomed to life in the Guard. This time, they must find Arkarian, their ageless mentor, who has been kidnapped and sent to the underworld. Although Isabel and Ethan have been forbidden to rescue him, an ever-increasing connection to Arkarian drives Isabel to convince Ethan and Matt that

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Isabel and Ethan are joined by Isabel's brother Matt, who is still getting accustomed to life in the Guard. This time, they must find Arkarian, their ageless mentor, who has been kidnapped and sent to the underworld. Although Isabel and Ethan have been forbidden to rescue him, an ever-increasing connection to Arkarian drives Isabel to convince Ethan and Matt that they must risk everything to find him despite the potential consequences.

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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.
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619630574
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/20/2012
Series:
Guardians of Time
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
550,342
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Marianne Curley is a native of Australia. She has found writing for young adults both challenging and satisfying. Today she has three teenage children, whose conversations and experiences inspire her writing. They are also her fervent critics. She is also the author of Old Magic.

www.mariannecurley.com

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MissBookNerd More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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It was not what I expected.....slightly disappointed
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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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girlygoth5794 More than 1 year ago
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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