The Shaktra [NOOK Book]

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In Alosha, Ali Warner discovered that she was not an ordinary teenager but actually Queen of the Fairies. Through seven terrifying trials, Ali reclaimed her magical powers and managed to defeat an elemental army that was preparing to destroy the Earth. At the same time, she took possession of the Yanti, a mystical talisman whose powers she has barely begun to understand.
Now Ali searches for her missing mother in the elemental world. Accompanied by an African youth she meets ...
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The Shaktra

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Overview


In Alosha, Ali Warner discovered that she was not an ordinary teenager but actually Queen of the Fairies. Through seven terrifying trials, Ali reclaimed her magical powers and managed to defeat an elemental army that was preparing to destroy the Earth. At the same time, she took possession of the Yanti, a mystical talisman whose powers she has barely begun to understand.
Now Ali searches for her missing mother in the elemental world. Accompanied by an African youth she meets on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and by the troll and leprechaun who are her faithful companions, Ali faces new dangers at every turn.
Attacked by nearly indestructible creatures born of a nightmare, a wounded Ali and her friends are rescued by a young dragon, Drash, who vows to accompany them to the mysterious Crystal Palace, the center of Fairy power. There Ali learns that the elemental world is on the verge of destruction at the hands of a sinister being known only as the Shaktra.
Back on Earth, Ali's two closest friends, Steve and Cindy, investigate the beautiful and bewitching Sheri Smith, head of a video game company, who seems connected to the Shaktra. Too late, Steve and Cindy discover that she is not a woman at all...
In the elemental world, Ali helps transform Drash into a mighty fire-breathing dragon. With his help, Ali is able to travel to a secret ice cavern hidden on a kloudar, a massive island that orbits through the elemental heavens. There Ali discovers the true relationship between humans and the elementals and the hideous nature of the enemy she must face. For Ali’s quest will not be complete until either she or the Shaktra is dead.


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In an obvious nod to Tolkien, Christopher Pike presents the story of Ali Warner, a teenager who discovers that the weight of several worlds rests squarely on her shoulders. In Alosha, the first book of this trilogy, Ali finds that she is not only a precocious teen, but also the Queen of the Fairies in an alternate realm accessed atop a local mountain. She manages to save Earth from an invading "elemental" army from this alternate realm in the first book, but, as in all second books, much remains a mystery, including the whereabouts of her mother and the identity of an evil force known only as the Shaktra. This second book follows Ali as she leads a motley crew of characters—including a leprechaun, a troll, a dragon, and an African boy named Ra—into the elemental world to find her mother. It also follows two of Ali's human friends, Steve and Cindy, as they investigate some disturbing e-mails sent by Ali's mortal enemy, Karl Tanner. What they find could ultimately save Ali—or destroy her. Without getting into the plot twists, suffice it to say that this little trilogy has an epic scope and Pike's storytelling is refreshing, fun, and slightly familiar as it draws on the adventure fantasy popularized by Tolkien. Ali and her human counterparts are flawed and interesting, and the other characters are well drawn and charismatic. I especially enjoyed Farble the troll and Paddy the leprechaun, who are both funny and loyal to the point of annoyance. Like all second books, the story resolves very little, which conveniently leaves the reader begging for more. This is a keeper for a number of reasons, but primarily because it begs young readers to employ their imaginations in avery real way. 2005, Tor/Tom Doherty Associates, Ages 12 up.
—Tom Jones
VOYA
The Shaktra is about as uneventful as a bowl of vanilla ice cream with sprinkles on top. It may be better than the unadorned scoop of just-plain-vanilla, but it is nothing to yell skyward about. Chock-full of stereotypes (elementals, leprechauns after gold, high fairies, dark fairies, etc.), and easy reading will make this book appealing to the masses. I prefer less predictable high fantasy, like The Essential Bordertown or any of the Xanth novels. VOYA CODES: 2Q 4P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Tor, 366p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Shane Bell, Teen Reviewer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429914413
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Alosha Trilogy , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 467,698
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Christopher Pike is a multi-million copy bestselling author whose books have appeared multiple times on the USA Today bestseller list. He is the author of Alosha, The Last Vampire, Remember Me, The Visitor, The Immortal, Chain Letter, and many other novels for young adults. Christopher Pike lives in southern California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    This is one of the best Christopher Pike books I have read yet a

    This is one of the best Christopher Pike books I have read yet and I am a huge fan. I look forward to reading the next one and the one after that... keep them comming!

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I loved it!! When is the next book coming out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    After reading Alosha, which you must do in order to understand anything in this book, i couldn't wait to read this and when i finally started, you couldn't stop me, even if you wanted to! This book left me with so much suspense and tears and good memories! I loved every second of this read and you will too! you have to read this series! It is so amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    The Shaktra

    I really enjoyed the book. It was another great adventure for Ali and kept you thinking. I thought the ending was really good and made you want to read the next book even more! I recomend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    An awesome Read!

    The Shaktra is an AWESOME BOOK! I read it in two days! Right after I bought the book I was so excited to read it that I put the book I was currently reading on hold. Christopher Pike is an amazing auther. I highly recomend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006

    Aesome!Awesome!

    i loved the first book and couldn't wait to get the second one. i could'nt put it down. i can't wait to read the third one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

    A Must Read Book!!!

    Just like in Alosha, Christopher Pike has the ability to draw you into the story. Ali is in a jam when she enters the elemental world because she is injured and can't use her powers and she is having trouble remebering life as a fairy queen. But back on earth her friends got themselves in trouble with a wicked lady who has something to do with the evil in both worlds. Ali has to remember her fairy life to be able to save all the elementals and her friends back on earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2005

    Satisfying

    Being a long time fan of the author, and not being hugely impressed with Alosha, I went into The Shaktra with mixed feelings but within the first chapter any hesitation or worry, was gone. This novel hooks the reader from the first couple pages and had me emmersed in the story for the next few days. To call this trilogy fantasy is belittling. The Shaktra merges familiar Pike themes murder, mystery, the supernatural, religion and brings in the new elements of fantasy which is something that creates a world unlike any this reader has experienced before. The ending, though quick, leaves you wanting more and I have no doubt that this novel will big a big seller. I would, however, not recommend it to young children as this particular novel, comparred to Alosha, is more violent and complex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2005

    A GREAT sequel!

    I haven't read it all, but I'm going to soon! I just got the book, and I can't put it down. I really liked Alosha, and I was so excited to read this book, and I still am! These are the only books from Christopher Pike that I've read. This is the kind of book(like Alosha) that I can read once, twice, and thrity time and never get bord with it, and to me thats the best quaility. They are very well written(havent' finished TS yet, but will soon), I recomend them to anyone of any age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    I SO want to get it!

    I havn't read this book yet, but I've read Alosha, and I loved it! I couldn't wait for the sqeual! I was wondering when it was comming out, and now I finally know! I hope that theres another after The Shaktra. I can't WAIT to read it!

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