The Shadowing (Powerless #2) [NOOK Book]

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If you were sent out into the world to learn of its evil, what would you expect to find?

In book two of the Powerless series, Mira and her friends must endure a period of apprenticeship, known as The Shadowing. This is their last chance to prepare themselves before they are thrust into the mysterious war, which no one seems to know anything about. While Vern, Aoi, Will, and Roselyn seek out pre-arranged mentors to help them develop their ...
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The Shadowing (Powerless #2)

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Overview

If you were sent out into the world to learn of its evil, what would you expect to find?

In book two of the Powerless series, Mira and her friends must endure a period of apprenticeship, known as The Shadowing. This is their last chance to prepare themselves before they are thrust into the mysterious war, which no one seems to know anything about. While Vern, Aoi, Will, and Roselyn seek out pre-arranged mentors to help them develop their unique magical abilities, Mira—the only one without a power—sets off in search of the brilliant author of her science manuals, Flip Widget, who she learns was the doctor at her birth. For all they have to fear that waits for them in the future, they will find that the troubles they prepare for are much closer at hand than they think.

Powerless: The Shadowing is approximately 84,000 words long.
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Editorial Reviews

Robert Duperre
It is in these training sequences that this particular novel shines. The teachers are all fresh characters, and to see the way the main protagonists - Mira, Aoi, Vern, and Will - change is accomplished with clever plotting and more than a trace of subtlety.

But it is the changes that occur within Mira that are the heart of this tale.She is put through trials she barely survives, given information that rocks the core of her world, and in the end discovers a supposed truth about herself.
Grace Krispy
One of my favorite things about this book is the opportunity we are given to explore each of the main characters in much more depth. The first book told the story mainly from Mira's point of view, and we experienced her classmates through her eyes. In this book, we get to experience them a little more closely, from their own unique perspectives. Not only does this character development make them more interesting to us, it also gives us a broader perspective of Mira's world.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011805899
  • Publisher: Jason Letts
  • Publication date: 8/30/2010
  • Series: Powerless , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 161,908
  • File size: 359 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Read this series

    Its great

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    The Shadowing

    Part two of The Powerless series, The Shadowing continues the struggles of Mira and her cohorts. The Shadowing follows the training process of the children as they prepare themselves for battle, though Mira has a different goal in mind.

    I really enjoyed the format and how the book bounced back and forth between different characters, showing their progress and setbacks as they explored the limits of their powers. The action was exciting, the plot engaging and overall a fun read. Book three just moved up near the top of my long list of to be purchased and to be read books.

    Thanks Jason for the ride. I look forward to the next adventure!

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

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    Superpowered sequel, full of action and character growth

    At 16, Mira Ipswich is used to overcoming the odds. Everyone in her world has a special comic-book-hero-style power--some impressive, some mundane--but Mira has no powers at all. Still, she's so intelligent and innovative, she managed to beat out all the superpowered kids at her school for their Final Trial before graduation. Now, Mira is under more pressure than ever because she has learned about her twin sister who was stolen at birth and is now a captive in enemy territory. Mira feels compelled to save her sister Clara, but to do so, she'll have to become even stronger and wiser. All the graduating kids at Corey Outpost are dispersing to becomes shadows (apprentices) to adults who can show them how to develop their powers, but Mira has no powers to develop, so she decides to develop her intellect instead and seeks out Flip Widget, a science genius, to be her mentor.

    As Mira and some of her friends leave for the city of Darmen to begin their shadowing, Mira learns that they'll be meeeting up again in a few months for the Autmnal Equinox and the Rite at Shadow Mountain, a gruelling race which often proves deadly. Though she bested them all only a few days prior, some of her friends still underestimate Mira's ability to tackle such an obstacle, but Mira insists that she'll be able to win the race.

    Mira finds Flip Widget and after much persuasion, he agrees to be her mentor. It looks like she's finally found a teacher worthy of the name, because he starts her on a brutal training regimen. Mira gets used to staying outdoors and working with her environment, and she also learns more about science and even takes part in a carefully designed raiding expedition. She's put into life-threatening situations, but the training isn't about being safe--it's about learning to survive in sink-or-swim situations, and it's important for her growth because though she might have been the leader of her class, the other kids they weren't very bright, and she has to learn what to do what she faces an enemy who is both powerful and intelligent.

    Speaking of the other kids, they get about as much pagetime as Mira, and their challenges as shadows really add to the story. Seeing training sessions from Vern, Aoi, and Will's POVs gives the reader more insight into the various powers and how they can and can't be utilized, and really showcases the worldbuilding. The other kids also get exponentially more savvy, not just about their powers, but about the world in general, and they ask themselves tough questions about the war they're soon going to go fight. The superpowered kids realize how much they all need Mira, and they see her as a rallying point and a source of strength and unity, despite her disability.

    The Shadowing is good sequel material, with bigger challenges, loads of character growth, and a change of scenery. Mira has relied on her parents int he past, and now she has to fend for herself and deal with a major betrayal. Action, intrigue, and some very disturbing Big Reveals await, and Mira, a naturally buoyant kid, gets hit by some experiences from which she may never fully recover. By the novel's end, our heroine's in a tough place, mentally, physically, and emotionally, and we're left with one doozy of a cliffhanger.

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