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Darkness Hidden: The Name of the Blade, Book Two
     

Darkness Hidden: The Name of the Blade, Book Two

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by Zoe Marriott
 

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Zoë Marriott’s inventive, Japanese-inflected urban fantasy raises the stakes in a sweeping second installment.

Against all odds, Mio has defeated the evil Nekomata and seen her love, Shinobu, restored to life. But in the wake of the battle, Mio’s unsettling connection to the katana—an ancient sword her family has been compelled

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Zoë Marriott’s inventive, Japanese-inflected urban fantasy raises the stakes in a sweeping second installment.

Against all odds, Mio has defeated the evil Nekomata and seen her love, Shinobu, restored to life. But in the wake of the battle, Mio’s unsettling connection to the katana—an ancient sword her family has been compelled to guard for generations—has grown more frightening. And now the Underworld has sent the Shikome—foul women whose feathers carry death—to spread a supernatural plague through London. With her best friend in the hospital, Shinobu’s very existence at risk, and the city in chaos, Mio realizes there is no way she can keep everyone she loves alive. What terrible sacrifice must she make to save the world?

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Save this action-packed...adventure for die-hard shonen manga buffs.
—Kirkus Reviews

...this solid and gripping work will keep readers interested in what’s to come.
—School Library Journal

An exceptional pick for myth-loving readers looking to move on to more mature fare.
—Booklist Online

School Library Journal
10/01/2015
Gr 5 Up—When readers first met Mio Yamato in The Name of the Blade (Candlewick, 2014), she was learning about her unique heritage, mastering the katana somehow bound to her (as well as Shinobu, the compelling boy who emerges from inside it), and protecting her friends from legions of monsters from Japanese myth. After that adventure, she has little time to catch her breath before this sequel begins. Mio and her friends are home, but things are not well: hordes of creatures called Foul Women are descending on the town, a terrifying figure called the Harbinger has arrived for the katan, Mio's friend Rachel is recovering badly from her encounter with the legendary Nekomata, and the more the protagonist learns about the katana and her heritage, the more she is convinced things will not work out well for her. It doesn't help that she's developing feelings for Shinobu despite his own history and link to the katana. Much like the previous volume, this entry is well paced and exciting and offers a look into Japanese mythology hard to find elsewhere. The story here is not distinct from that of the first book, as the plot picks up from where it left off and unfolds in much the same way. As a result, this sequel cannot be read without the first. VERDICT While not a dramatic stand-alone title, this solid and gripping work will keep readers interested in what's to come.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
2015-08-26
The Underworld makes another bid for control of Mio's mystical sword. In this sequel to The Name of the Blade (2014), Mio and her friends are still celebrating their defeat of the Nekomata with their allies in the Kitsune Kingdom when they are attacked again. This time their enemy's tools are the Shikome, the "Foul Women," whose feathers carry a deadly contagion. The gang is ill-prepared to handle the Shikome since they are still coping with the fallout from their first adventure. Mio's connection with her dangerous katana is growing ever more seductive and powerful, while Rachel is discovering that her abduction by the Nekomata has left her terribly changed. Select third-person passages from other characters' perspectives are interspersed throughout Mio's first-person narration, and they emphasize how completely the Shikome plague overwhelms London. The too-tidy ending consequently feels like a cop-out, despite the setup provided for the inevitable third book in the series. Nonetheless, the intense fight scenes and doomed romance will still appeal to many readers, especially if they're inclined to appreciate Marriott's obvious manga influences and willing to overlook generally shallow characterization. At least one major plot twist will immediately remind savvy fans of a similar storyline in Tite Kubo's Bleach. Save this action-packed but derivative adventure for die-hard shonen manga buffs. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763669584
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
11/10/2015
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
721,854
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Zoë Marriott is the author of the young adult fantasy novels The Swan Kingdom, Daughter of the Flames, and Shadows on the Moon, as well as the first book in the Name of the Blade trilogy. She lives in England.

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Darkness Hidden: The Name of the Blade, Book Two 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Darkness Hidden is the second book in the Japanese fantasy series by Zoe Marriott called the Name of the Blade. Darkness Hidden takes place in modern day London. This book is a bit of a challenging, dramatic read. I would mostly recommend it to teenagers, since some of the language is a bit old for young children. You need to pay attention to what’s happening, lest you miss something important. This series is written in first person point of view, with the main character being Mio Yamato, a stubborn, loving teenager with more problems than other kids her age. Jack, Mio’s sarcastic, strong best friend, is also a main character. I found Jack very relatable, since she acted a lot like a normal teenager. Mio, however, was a bit more sacrificing than most teenagers. Although, Mio still was my favorite character. It’s hard not to like her. Shinobu is a mysterious guy, who in the first book, appeared out of nowhere and seemingly only a select few can see him. Rachel, Jack’s bossy older sister, also has an important role in the story. In the first book, Mio steals a sword from the attic of her house for her Christmas party costume. Instantly after she takes it, weird things start happening. Power surges, odd hallucinations, Mio thought she was going crazy. That is, until she finds out that the sword is more powerful than she could ever imagine. In the second book, Mio faces an entirely new problem. People are getting sick, an abnormal disease that gives them a spider web like rash. Then Mio hears about a powerful man who lives almost right next to her. Coincidence? Mio didn’t think so. When Jack catches this plague and Rachel starts…changing, Mio knows she has to do something, or no one would make it out of this alive. Will Mio destroy the plague or will she lose everything, including the very world she lives in? Find out in the second book of the Name of the Blade series, Darkness Hidden. Review by Stephanie, age 12, Cleveland Area Mensa