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The Keeper (Vega Jane Series #2)
     

The Keeper (Vega Jane Series #2)

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by David Baldacci
 

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Master storyteller David Baldacci is back with THE KEEPER, the follow up to his instant #1 global bestselling and award-winning fantasy debut, THE FINISHER.

Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but the Quag, a wilderness filled with danger and death. And she believed it - until the night she

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Master storyteller David Baldacci is back with THE KEEPER, the follow up to his instant #1 global bestselling and award-winning fantasy debut, THE FINISHER.

Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but the Quag, a wilderness filled with danger and death. And she believed it - until the night she stumbled across a secret that proved that everything she knew was a lie.

Now just one thing stands between Vega Jane and freedom - the Quag. In order to leave Wormwood and discover the truth about her world, Vega and her best friend Delph must find a way to make it across a terrifying land of bloodthirsty creatures and sinister magic. But the Quag is worse than Vega Jane's darkest imagining. It's a living, breathing prison designed to keep enemies out and the villagers of Wormwood in.

The Quag will throw everything at Vega Jane. It will try to break her. It will try to kill her. And survival might come at a price not even Vega Jane is willing to pay.

Master storyteller David Baldacci unleashes a hurricane of action and adrenaline that takes readers to the breaking point.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for THE FINISHER:

"This vividly described tale takes readers to an original fantasy world full of strange creatures, intriguing relationships, and long-lost secrets. Baldacci knows how to deliver thrills." -- Brandon Mull, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Fablehaven series

"THE FINISHER is an enchanting romp through a fantastical world worthy of Rowling or Brooks. Baldacci proves that his pen can engage youth as well as adults." – Richard Paul Evans, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Michael Vey series

“Vega Jane has stolen my heart. I’ve read several novels in the last few years with female protagonists and none of them are as amazing as Vega. . . . . Her adventures must be continued. To not do so would be a crime. This is the female protagonist I want my daughters to read and emulate.” - SciFi Pulse

"What happens when an international best-selling crime novelist tries his hand at a youth fantasy? Well, in this case, success." -- BOOKLIST, starred review

"Best known for his adult crime novels, Baldacci makes a detour into middle-grade with this wildly fanciful and darkly intriguing tale of a girl forced to fight for her life as she investigates the secrets of her tiny community.” -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

VOYA, August 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 3) - Cheryl Clark
Vega Jane; her best friend, Delph; and her dog have left their village of Wormwood behind and crossed into the hostile territory known as the Quag. Captured by a warlord, manipulated by a mysterious witch, and threatened by bizarre monsters, Vega must rely on her newly discovered magic skills and the loyalty of her friends to escape the prison that is the Quag. Along the way she discovers many truths about the origins of Wormwood, as well as the Quag itself. The Keeper can be divided into roughly three sections, which could probably exist as separate books. Cliff-hangers at the end of each chapter will keep many middle graders reading but may make more sophisticated readers roll their eyes. In addition, the constant encyclopedia of new monsters gets a little monotonous after a while. Do not expect deep themes in this novel; it is purely meant for entertainment and will appeal to fans of adventure and fantasy. The tension could work well with reluctant readers, but the heavy page count probably will not. (Vega Jane, Book 2) Reviewer: Cheryl Clark; Ages 11 to 15.
Kirkus Reviews
2015-05-18
Baldacci piles on the monsters as he sends Vega Jane and her hunky, clever sidekick Delph through the magical Quag in this follow-up to The Finisher (2014). Escaping the walled town of Wormwood in hopes of finding the "truth" that lies beyond, the two teens befriend or, more often, flee or slaughter a laundry list of creatures: garms, amarocs, lycans, venomous jabbits, snake-haired alectos, green-blooded Soul Takers, dreads, grubbs, hyperbores, and numerous other residents of the broad, weirdly mutable wilderness. For variety, they are also twice captured—once by a mad subterranean king and then by the Quag's 800-year-old Keeper—and Vega has to die to get across a certain river guarded by a skeletal boatman. These all turn out to be only temporary setbacks, however. In blatant bids to add appeal, Baldacci supplements the teeming cast of ravening boojums with a new companion who may be an ally, a rival for Delph, or both, plus familiar elements like a ring that makes its wearer invisible and Harry Potter-esque spells, a talking book that delivers only infuriatingly vague advice, and frequent Briticisms ("Wotcha, Vega Jane"). The flights and fights are all set pieces without much sense of suspense or danger, and there are so many of them that even bloodthirsty readers might echo Vega Jane's own exhausted "Let's just finish this." Not a stand-alone episode, but definitely a pleaser for creature-feature fans. (Fantasy. 11-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545831949
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/08/2015
Series:
Vega Jane Series , #2
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
81,841
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


David Baldacci is the author of twenty-seven books for adults, each of which has become both a national and international bestseller. His astonishing career started with ABSOLUTE POWER, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood. David's books have sold more than 110 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than forty-five languages. Together with his wife, Michelle, David established the Wish You Well Foundation to promote family literacy. David and his family live in Virginia.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northern Virginia
Date of Birth:
August 5, 1960
Place of Birth:
Richmond, VIrginia
Education:
B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986
Website:
http://www.david-baldacci.com/

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The Keeper 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down but you definitely need to read The Finisher first. Magical action & thrills on each page but Vega Jane & her companions are equal to the task. I look forward to book 3 which David is now writing. Definitely a 5 star read !!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably the worst set of books I have read. after the Finisher I had to continue with this jist to see if there was any hope. There wasn't. I have read several of his books and enjoyed them all, but this was a waste of time.
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Good read
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