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Blood Ties (Spirit Animals Series #3)

Blood Ties (Spirit Animals Series #3)

4.8 51
by Garth Nix, Sean Williams

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The adventure continues in this third book of the epic multiplatform fantasy series.

Confidential until April 2014!


The adventure continues in this third book of the epic multiplatform fantasy series.

Confidential until April 2014!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanna Potts
Can Meilin and her friends locate the talismans and save their countryland? Blood Ties is the third book in the “Spirit of the Animals” series. Meilin, Conor, Tarik, Rollan, and Abeke each have a spirit animal that communicates with them and guides them. As the story develops, the chapters alternate between the travels of Meilin to the travels of her friends. Meilin and her friends search for her dad, General Teng. They have left their home because the enemy, the Conquerors, led by the Devourer, invaded it. Searching for talismans, which have special powers, this group hopes to use these talismans to defeat the Conquerors. The author skillfully weaves the story and builds suspension making the reader want to continue reading the story. Each character has unique and consistent personalities. This is a story readers will enjoy. Scholastic has created online supplemental materials, which include a teacher’s guide and aligns it with Common Core provisions. There is also an online game for this book, which allows the reader to create a character, to select a spirit animal and to participate in the effort to locate talismen and save the world. Reviewer: Jeanna Potts; Ages 8 to 13.
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—In the third installment of this multiplatform fantasy adventure series, Nix and Williams team up to tell the story of Meilin and Jhi, her panda spirit animal, as they help her father defend her homeland of Zhong.

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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Spirit Animals Series , #3
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Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.80(d)
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Garth Nix is the New York Times best-selling author of the Seventh Tower series, as well as the acclaimed novels SABRIEL, LIRAEL, and ABHORSEN. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.

New York Times-bestselling author Sean Williams lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He is the author of over sixty published short stories and twenty-two novels, and has written several novels in the Star Wars universe.

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Blood Ties (Spirit Animals Series #3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
Synopsis (May contain some light spoilers for earlier books in the series): Meilen has run away from the Greencloaks to search for her father in her homeland of Zhong. Conor, Abeke, and Rollan quickly follow - they hope to recover their friend and get the Slate Elephant talisman from Dinesh, the Great Elephant. But Zhong has been conquered, so the kids must fight through armies of enemies to find what they seek. The Devourer is gaining power, and he will stop at nothing to take over all of Erdas with his nature-defiling bile.  My thoughts: Another great installment of the series. And they just keep getting better and better! (Not, of course, because the authors are changing, but because the plot and characters are developing as the series progresses.) Like in the earlier books, Blood Ties shows the power friendship - of working with your team rather than trying to fight evil alone. It encourages trust - of your partners, your friends, and the power of Good to conquer Evil. Most of all, the story is fun. It's a delight to watch as the kids' distinct characters develop, and how each character adds to the dynamics of the team. The world-building is also a lot of fun - it has both a familiar and a novel taste. For instance, Zhong is the Erdas-equivalent of Asia. The comparison is undeniable, and yet Zhong's culture and scenery are also delightfully unique. And, of course, this book is filled with adventures, intrigue, and battles - which any lover of middle grade fantasy / adventure books craves. I'm looking forward to the release of the next book in the series, Fire and Ice, in July.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't need to read the book to know it will be good. When the last book left off Melin had decided to go back to Zhong to see if her father is still alive. Four words I MUST READ IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the first two books can't wait far this one to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book AMAZING!!! I actully never even had to read it to know it was a good book. I highly reccomend it you guys! I can not wait untill Fire and ice comes out in July. And actully, you can go on the barnes and noble website and order it. Once you order it, it comes June instead of July. You can be one of the first ones to get it in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also have ordered it online and can't wait to get it! You should really do that. But make sure that you do not order another book that you really want with it because if you do you will get that book in June with the other book. Enjoy this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! Gotta read it..
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BooksAplenty More than 1 year ago
These Spirit Animals books get better and better! This third installment was chock full of exciting action sequences and palpable danger. We also see a lot more character development, especially as Meilin struggles to understand her place with the Greencloaks. I enjoyed seeing her relationship with Jhi, her spirit animal panda, strengthen. After two books of wanting to throttle Meilin, it was a nice change of pace for her to finally get real. In this third book of the multi-author Spirit Animals series, the Conquerers are devouring whole cities in their quest to disrupt and control the bond between animals and humans. Concerned for her homeland, Meilin has left the others to find her father and fight the enemy. But Meilin soon finds that she's not the only one sneaking into the country. The story takes place largely in the country of Zhong, a pseudo Asia. Nix and Williams fill the book's locations with rich details. Over the course of Blood Ties we visit a massive bamboo maze, a swamp teeming with enraged crocodiles, and a lake surrounded by high cliffs. This is the first of the Spirit Animals books that really showed me the world of Erdas. I was also glad to see a stronger focus on the overall problem of the series, the Devourer's quest to conquer Erdas. Those enormous crazy-eyed crocodiles were terrifying! In my review of Book 2, I had to write a qualification about how multi-author series often water down the elements that make an author's writing style unique. However, that was not true in Blood Ties. I love Garth Nix's other books, such as Shade's Children and Sabriel, for his marvelous world-building. He and Williams pulled off a great world in this book too. Cheers! Overall, my students and I really love these books and this one is the best so far. Some of my fifth graders have expressed concern that the series is starting to get a bit repetitive. The first 3 are unique enough to be fun reads, but there is some formulaic writing emerging. It hasn't been annoying yet since the authors have mixed it up, but it I agree with my students that it will be a challenge to keep this series fresh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seiries is absoulutley amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The third book, Meilin will have you ready to battle!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its not the best i've read. The first an the second were better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is gonna happen if you say you need a nook friend they type to you and say some stuff and then they have to hit send you find it on your book and then your like OH YEAH but after time passes you forget about them SORRY!!!!!!!!! (Streach the word sorry for five seconds)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spirit animals is thr best. It makes me feel good.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Spirit Animals Book 3 - Blood Ties is the third in a 7 book series. Each book is written by a different author or as in the case of this book 2 authors. Williams and Nix have filled out more of the world of Erdas and brought Zhong to life. Their words take you there to see the beauty and destruction to be found there. Meilen has gone to her homeland following the end of book two to locate her father. She is soon followed by the other Greencloaks and of course danger has followed them as well. As they continue to bond with their spirit animals and develop their skills, but the still must work at trusting one another and working as a team instead of individuals. I do believe this is a series to be read in order to see the characters and plot evolve. Even though each book has a different author/authors they continue to blend the different styles and delight readers. I am lucky that I can excuse my secret love of books for younger readers by buying books for my great nieces and nephews, which I review before giving them. I look forward to reading the other books in the series and believe you will as well. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love every book - i wish i could have a spirit animal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totaly true!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book many times and own it and it never gets old. I still get scared for Abeke when she hasto jump from the tree. This book is one of my favorite books in the entire series. This book is so action-packed and rhe suspencion istremendous. I am glad that i own this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have literally just voiced---or typed---my thoughts! I thought she was 11 or 12!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book to read in free time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kissed my hand three times
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