Hunted (Spirit Animals Series #2)

Hunted (Spirit Animals Series #2)

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by Maggie Stiefvater
     
 

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The adventure continues in this second book in the New York Times bestselling series. In the world of Erdas, only a rare few are able to summon a spirit animal in the way Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have. The bond they share with their animals is a partnership that allows them to access more-than-human abilities. But what if there was another way to create a… See more details below

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The adventure continues in this second book in the New York Times bestselling series. In the world of Erdas, only a rare few are able to summon a spirit animal in the way Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have. The bond they share with their animals is a partnership that allows them to access more-than-human abilities. But what if there was another way to create a spirit animal--to force the bond, giving the human partner total control? And what if someone with selfish intensions was offered this gift . . . with a catch? The four young heroes have barely had time to come together as a team, and their own spirit animal bonds are still greatly untested. But now they face a brutal confrontation against an enemy who will break any rule to defeat them.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Zerif, The Jackal, is interfering in the traditional process of identifying young people who can summon spirit animals. Thus, the young heroes of Erdas have no time to lose in mastering the skills they need to defend their land against the Conquerers. Book two of the "Spirit Animals" series opens with the four children who had summoned the Great Beasts: Conor, Rollan, Meilin, and Abeke. Called the Four Fallen, they do not trust each other enough to work as a team, nor are they secure in their bonds with their spirit animals. These challenges put the future of their world at risk, even as they set out on a journey that will pit them against dark forces determined to claim power for themselves. Stiefvater deftly develops each character through encounters with wise mentors and cunning, dangerous opponents. These encounters, in turn, shed more light on the scope and complexity of the planned seven-book series. Realistic, heart-pounding conflicts take on new levels of significance as the Four Fallen are forced to rely on themselves, and each other, instead of the adults around them. Along the way, the Four Fallen find aid in unlikely places and discover their unique roles and strengths. But their loyalties are divided as they are forced to choose between their own families and their allegiance to the Greencloaks. "Spirit Animals" is a multiplatform series with each book penned by a different best-selling author or duo. An online game allows readers to select their own spirit animals and embark on quests. Video interviews with the authors and teaching support aligned with the Common Core build a bridge to classroom discussion. Fantasy fans will be thrilled that Scholastic has expanded its interactive approach to publishing beyond "The 39 Clues" and "Infinity Ring" series, but the book is strong enough to capture interest without the addition of technology. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-27
Four young heroes, chosen to save Erdas from the rising threat of the Devourer, find themselves torn between their quest and the needs of the ones they love. In between their expeditions to obtain the Great Beasts' talismans, Conor, Meilin, Abeke and Rollan face an equally difficult task: learning to bond with their spirit animals. Each must confront his or her weaknesses in order to understand the spirit animals' strengths. Conor, normally timid, must rely on Briggan the Wolf to learn to lead. Meilin, a trained warrior, must yield to the peaceful patience of her giant panda, Jhi. However, Rollan and Essix the Falcon's discernment and Abeke and her leopard Uraza's courage allow the four to retrieve the talisman of Rumfuss the Boar. Stiefvater brings to this multiply authored, multiplatform series her ability to create complex, sympathetic characters, enhancing the plot-heavy narrative she inherited (Wild Born, by Brandon Mull, 2013). Characters grapple with conflicting motives, familial responsibilities and the consequences of their choices. This increasing depth moves the story from a straightforward adventure fantasy to an insightful look at what it means to be a hero, with the glory it brings and the sacrifice it demands. The accompanying game offers an exciting off-page experience. Fantastical adventure is enhanced by complex characters. (Fantasy. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545522564
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
Spirit Animals Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
20,832
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the novels SHIVER, LINGER, and FOREVER. Her novel THE SCORPIO RACES was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association, while PUBLISHERS WEEKLY selected Maggie's THE RAVEN BOYS as a Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of LAMENT and BALLAD. Maggie lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

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