Daughters of the Moon: The Talisman - Book #10

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Maggie is running out of time on this earth. And before she can name her successor, she reflects on the incredible, age-old journey that brought her to where she is. As a girl in ancient Athens, her father was a great warrior and leader of men. However, it was Maggie, known then as Penelope, who chose to battle the greatest enemy of all-the Atrox. After seeing an innocent man succumb to the Atrox and his shadowy followers, she takes a vow to help cleanse the world of its evil. But in doing so, she may have to ...
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Overview

Maggie is running out of time on this earth. And before she can name her successor, she reflects on the incredible, age-old journey that brought her to where she is. As a girl in ancient Athens, her father was a great warrior and leader of men. However, it was Maggie, known then as Penelope, who chose to battle the greatest enemy of all-the Atrox. After seeing an innocent man succumb to the Atrox and his shadowy followers, she takes a vow to help cleanse the world of its evil. But in doing so, she may have to forego the love of the great soldier, Hector, and lose her sister to the dark side.

As Maggie reflects on the difficulty she will have with her final duty as mentor to the daughters of Moon Goddess Selene, she recalls her first battles with the evil Atrox, two thousand years earlier when she was a youth in Athens.

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If Francesca Lia Block, Cecily Von Ziegesar, and Clemence McClaren would team up to create a series, the result might be similar to Daughters of the Moon. Selene, the Goddess of the Moon, has half-mortal, half-goddess descendents with awesome powers. They are young women who can continue an age-old fight of good versus evil. Living in present-day Los Angeles,Vanessa, Catty, Jimena, Serena, and Tianna make up a formidable fivesome who can become invisible, travel back in time, see the future, read minds, and use telekinesis, respectively. They also happen to be gifted in the arts of fashion, fighting, and flirting. Thrown into this mix are a Daughter who is tempted to the dark side, various love interests, and a ticking time bomb in that at the age of seventeen, each of the these young women must make a decision to become an immortal Goddess and disappear from this life, or decide to lose their powers forever and remain. Each novel opens with a short retelling of a myth that relates to the plot of the book. In The Choice, Book 9 of the series, Jimena, once part of a gang, must make up with an old nemesis from her gang days to fight a group of shape-shifting sirens created of Medusa's blood. In The Talisman, the tenth installment, Maggie, the mentor to the Daughters, reminisces about her youth in ancient Greece, as her time in this period grows short and the need for a replacement becomes inevitable. Although some background is presented in each new volume, to fully appreciate the growth and conflicts of the characters, one should read the series titles consecutively. The Talisman reads like a prequel, and therefore stands alone. Ewing's screenwriting background isevidenced by the fast pace and highly visual tone and also by the stereotypes and dramatic dialogue. Overall, these books are smart and sexy, multicultural and feminist, and they improve with age. The series is sure to find a following in school or public libraries. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Hyperion, 278p., Ages 11 to 18.
—Beth Gallaway
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786818785
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Daughters of the Moon Series , #10
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.87 (w) x 7.37 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Ewing is a screenplay writer who also counsels troubled teens. In addition to the Daughters of the Moon series, she is the author of two companion series: Sons of the Dark and Sisters of Isis. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
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  • Posted December 31, 2013

    Near the end, wow was that sad. Anyway, this one was really good

    Near the end, wow was that sad. Anyway, this one was really good as it focuses on Maggie past and the present. And that ending. This series is one of my favorites.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    The Talisman

    This book started out great, I loved the ancient Greece setting & the history about Maggie and the beginning of her time with the Daughters. It was so cool to just kind of jump out of the story for a few moments and learn some history behind the series. The book was really interesting, but I don't know if it was a lack of interest in the book or Ewing's imagination running wild to the point where I couldn't catch up but I had trouble getting through this towards the end. It might be that there are just so many books in the series that tend to blend together and drag on. Personally, in my opinion I think the series excellence would be better if instead of the 13 books it were cut down to large books and therefore less of them. However, it is what it is.
    Like I said, I loved learning of the history of the Atrox and finally seeing Maggie (Penelope) in action and hearing of her own personal history.
    These stories are perfect for younge adults. I am a 21 yr old re-reading the books because I read all the way up to 12 and just recently bought 13 so I decided to re-read all of them so I would know what was going on. At this point, I'm longing for a little more with them. They're very PG when it comes to the romance and action and sometimes the things Ewing is describing are hard to visualize and therefore hard to follow. The characters are very well developed however and easy to fall in love with and identify with. Great for young girls interested in just trying to get away in fiction and meet girls with similar, and not so similar, problems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    The Talisman - One of the saddest in the series

    Maggie knows that her time is slowly coming to an end since her promise in stopping the Atrox and helping/guiding the Daughters of the Moon. We are then shown Maggie's past life and of course the ending was sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2007

    the clues come together

    ive been reading all on the DOTM books and thi one bring most of my thought together. i would of never thought of who chris was before. reading about penlope's (maggies) life was very intresting. im wating for the 13th book and am very excited. i hope the series never ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2005

    awesome author

    Lynn Ewing became one of my favorite authors like ::snaps fingers:: that. She is so talented! i have a little notebook that has a lot of phrases she has used in her books. i myself write short stories, but they are nothing, not even close, to what she writes. i can't wait to read the next in her series. This book was one of her best. i very much enjoyed reading about Penelope and her life in ancient Greece. i loved it a lot, considering i am a Greecian myself. i hope all of her books stay as fresh and funky as they are now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Great, as awlays

    Lynne Ewing quickly became one of my favorite authors shortly after I finished the first book. This one was excellent, yet again. SOILER!THEORY! My guess is Jimena, if you look at page two, but if not her my only other theory would be Catty's mom to replace Maggie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2004

    Loved it

    I loved this book, as I do all the others in the series, however I did not like it because it was about Maggie, and I personally like the Daughters Of the Moon more. However this was a very intresting book, it explains a lot about some of the things they mention in some of the other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    SAD ~spoilers~

    o this book made me sad... it was awesome tho.. i wonder who will take maggie's place.. I NEED to kno... i started reading the 11th one, i've barely had time to do so.. it's really good.. GO CATTY! hehe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    O Mater Luna

    This book was sad. Did Maggie have to die? She was awesome and I can't imagine any other person teaching the DOTM how to use their powers! It explains a lot knowing that Chryssipus was Chris! I wonder what DOTM the talisman will be given to... 6 STARS NOW!!!! :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    Awesome!!!!! a brilliant book!!

    this book is great!! i got hooked on it when i read the first edition. it just blew me away!! i can actually relate to it. it is a combination of romance and teen-challenges!! u should read it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    Inspirational

    This Daughters of the Moon book is particularly about Maggie. When we first met her, she seemed like a closed person with many mysteries behind her youthful appearance. Not knowing much about her made us wonder where she came from and how she came to be what she is now. The Talisman expalins everything in an incredible way. When you come to realize it, Maggie's story sounds like it would be a little bit dull and boring, but this story is so fantastic and thrilling. You begin to wonder how Lynne Ewing makes such good book series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2004

    One of Lynne's Best!

    I would definately say that this is some of Lynne Ewing's best work. This book has a lot to do with the plot, and is definately one of the 3 most tear-jerking books in the series. (Daughters of the Moon 9: The Choice, was also a tear-jerker, along with Daughters of the Moon 11: The Prophecy.) Definately a good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2004

    This one was OK

    This book was ok. I didn't like it as much as the other because the daughters were not mentioned really. It was all about Maggie. It was interesting but I prefer the other ones that mention Serena, Catty, Jimena, and Vanessa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2004

    GrEaT BoOk!!!!

    wow! im only 13 years old and I love these books!!!!! I'm so into the action and all that is in the books!!!! In this book it's really good ...how it tells you about maggie(Penelope)...I sorta think it's like a romance book (only a little bit) because of Hector and Penelope...I cant wait til the 11th book comes out!!I think I'm going to love it!!!!!I have everysingle one of the books so I can't wait to get the 11th book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2004

    Wonderful book!!!!!!!

    At the beginning you might think the book starts off slow but dont be intimedated.This is a great series and lynne once again has brought her incredible presents to the book. Watch out its a cliff hanger!^_^

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Best Book Series Ever

    I loved this book. It was so cool to finally learn about Maggie. I'm 13 and it's so fun just to open one of these books and be able to pretend that your actually one of these girls. Nobody can say that only 13 and 14 year olds read because my sister is 19 and she has as much fun as I do reading them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    These bigs are wonderful!

    I love The Daughters of the Moon series.I read all of them twice.The books still suprise me.She has one of the greatest imagantions in my opinion.When I read her books,it feels like I'm there and I'm apart of the adventure.It seems like all this is really happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    chaser

    this book lets you go in to the past of one of the greatest characters the leader maggie you get to learn her real name and where insactly she came from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    I LOVE D.O.T.M!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lynne ewing in this book, expressed so much!! She wrote this so well....its the best book in the seris yet! I cant wait till the next ones comes out in june!! I'm counting down on my calender!! I'd like for all the non readers of the D.O.T.M seris to get to the clossest Barnes and Noble or library and get those books, they're the best ever!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!!

    I love the Daughters of the Moon series!! This is my favorite series that I have ever read, and I read alot!!! I can't wait for the next one to come out!! I love the characters and I'm really into Greek myths and Greek philosophy so the 10th book was pretty cool too. I must say though I do find Vanessa, Catty, Serena, Jimena, and Tianna more interesting than Maggie. Any way, I can't wait for the next book!!

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