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Descendant (Starling Saga Series #2)

Descendant (Starling Saga Series #2)

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by Lesley Livingston

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In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance—perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.

The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is


In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance—perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.

The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.

The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.

Editorial Reviews

Claudia Gray
Praise for Starling:“I’d recommend anything by Lesley Livingston.”
Julie Kagawa
Praise for Starling:“Thrilling and intense; pulls you along like the inevitable rush toward Ragnarok.”
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—The story of Mason Starling continues in this absorbing, fast-paced novel that mixes Norse and Eyptian mythology across a New York City backdrop. Mason survives the destruction of Hell's Gate bridge, which spans New York's East River, and finds herself in Asgard, the Norse Underworld, longing to return to the ones she loves. Rescued once again by the handsome and heroic Fennrys Wolf, the teen recognizes her romantic feelings for the Viking. She learns of the prophecy about her becoming the Valkyrie who raises the Spear of Odin to bring about Ragnarok, or the Twilight of the Gods. Will Mason and Fennrys be able to stop the coming destruction of the world as they know it? Told from multiple perspectives, this second entry of the thrilling "Starling" series (HarperCollins) will fascinate fans of mythology, romance, and high energy plots. Livingston has a deft hand, and readers will be anxiously anticipating this story's final installment.—Kathy Kirchoefer, Henderson County Public Library, NC
Kirkus Reviews
Livingston delivers a significantly stronger story--and heroine--in this sequel to Starling (2012). It opens where the first book ended, with readers learning the Fennrys Wolf has survived various dangers while Mason Starling has been transported to Asgard, home of the Norse gods. Fenn is determined to find Mason and prevent her from taking up the Odin spear, which would transform her into a Valkyrie and set Ragnarok, the Norse apocalypse, in motion. Each chapter brings a perspective shift, and readers switch among Fenn, Mason and other characters' adventures before the two are reunited, just in time. The pair return to our world and two startling discoveries that bring the Greek gods into the mix (the Egyptians are there too) and up the ante significantly. It's up to Fenn and Mason to make things right, but in doing so, they may just be playing into the hands of prophecy. Despite the serpentine plot, those unfamiliar with the first installment should have a relatively simple time following this action-packed story, and though Fenn still acts as her savior, Mason is noticeably stronger than before, making the climax more believable. Those who've been awaiting this sequel should be pleased. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Starling Saga Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

LESLEY LIVINGSTON is an award-winning author of teen fiction best known for her Wondrous Strange trilogy. Captivated at a young age by stories of the distant past and legendary heroes and warriors, Lesley developed into a full-fledged history buff and mythology geek. Her fascination with ancient Celtic and Classical civilizations—spurred on by recently discovered archaeological evidence supporting the existence of female gladiators—inspired Fallon’s story in The Valiant.

Lesley holds a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto and was a principal performer in a Shakespearean theatre company, specializing in performances for teen audiences, for more than a decade.

Web: lesleylivingston.com

Twitter: @LesLivingston

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DESCENDANT (Starling Trilogy #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Wanting something excited to read, I picked up this story. It indeed have lots of action from the very first page. Plot: While the first book was told in Mason’s point of view, this story is mainly told from Rory’s and Fennry’s point of view. This plot is jammed-packed with actions, lots of fights, on the run thrills. It kept me firmly in my seat with stunning revelations as well as new characters coming into play. New Characters: There are a few new characters like, Gunner, who is Mason’s and Rory’s dad. Honestly, what this man does or what he has planned literally stunned me. The author tricked me!! (which is good cause I totally didn’t see that coming) The Fennrys Wolf is another character who the reader gets to know pretty well. I really like the element and knowledge that he brings to the table. And then there is Cal. Even though he has proven himself some, I’m still a bit weary of what he is doing. Love: There really isn’t any movement from the last book till this one. Just plenty of friendships/relationship unravel with different motives before the readers eyes. Though, there is plenty of action in this that you really don’t realize that you have missed the loved interest. At least I didn’t. Ending: It’s a shocker. I just didn’t see that motive coming and I’m super excited to read the next book already. After flying through this book pretty quickly, I’m adored it. Descendant is an excellent addition to the Starling series raising up the stakes. With lots of unexpected twist and turns, Descendant captures the reader with a thought-provoking story. Telling a story that is brilliant and worthwhile. Descendant is tantalizing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story. A little hard to get into at first. I did not read the first part Starling so at times it was confusing to understand what was going on. I have a difficult time with fantasy-sh novels. There was also alot of different story lines... Mason and her family and Mason and her quest. Overall, it was a cute and enjoyable read.