Gorgon: WhipEye Chronicles, Book 2

Gorgon: WhipEye Chronicles, Book 2

by Geoffrey Saign

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Gorgon: WhipEye Chronicles, Book 2 by Geoffrey Saign

WhipEye, Book 1, WhipEye Chronicles WINNER International Book Award, Children’s Fiction, US Book News, Outstanding Children’s Fiction, IAN Book of the Year Awards, Reader's Favorite--Children's SciFi/Fantasy Gorgon, Book 2, Winner Outstanding Children's Fiction, Finalist Midwest Book Awards, 3rd Place Book of the Year Awards--IAN BOTY Awards

Samantha and Jake have two days to save their poisoned parents, and only Gorgon—the cruel and scheming leader of Amazon Lessers—can help them. But Gorgon is planning to destroy KiraKu, and he pits Sam against Jake. Worse, Sam feels controlled by the supernatural staff, WhipEye, and Jake gains a dangerous weapon. Can their friendship survive its greatest test? Can Sam and Jake stop a war and save their parents? Mysterious creatures, dragons, and Gorgon force them into a life or death adventure that some will not survive……a story about love, nature, wildlife, intuition, and trusting yourself…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990401322
Publisher: Geoffrey Saign
Publication date: 08/31/2015
Series: WhipEye Chronicles , #2
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Geoffrey Saign has assisted in field research with hummingbirds and humpback whales, and sailed as far away as Australia. He teaches novel writing and self-awareness classes, and loves nature and wildlife. He can often be found looking for interesting critters, and magic, while swimming, snorkeling, sailing, or hiking in the woods. His first novel, WhipEye, won the Reader's Favorite, Children's Fantasy award; International Book Award; Outstanding Children's Fiction in the IAN Book of the Year Award; Top Choice, LitPick.com; a Bronze in the eLit awards; and Notable Indie-Best Indie Book, Shelf Unbound. His second novel in the WhipEye Chronicles, Gorgon, also won Outstanding Children's Fiction and third place in the IAN Book of the Year Award; was selected as a Finalist, Midwest Book Award, and Top Choice, LitPick.com. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. To learn more about Geoff, visit him at www.geoffreysaign.net.

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Gorgon: WhipEye Chronicles, Book 2 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Monica_Pulliam More than 1 year ago
When I read book one my intentions were to read it with my ten year old son, but when the action picked up in the very first chapter, I was hooked. We read two chapters before he went to bed and then I stayed up all night and finished the book because I just could not put it down. I think this one was even better and this time I didn’t even bother to try to read it with my son first, I just went for it, but I will read it again with him. This story has a fascinating plot, is fast paced, very well written, and action packed. I highly recommend this book!!!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Gorgon is the second book in the WhipEye Chronicles, written by Geoffrey Saign. Estranged friends and neighbors, Jake and Samantha, celebrate a special dinner hosted by Bryon (Samantha’s father) and Cynthia (Jake’s mother), but the festivities are interrupted when a giant Comodo Dragon crashes the private party, demanding the WhipEye staff be handed over to Gorgon. When the children refuse, Bryon and Cynthia are attacked, leaving them fighting for their lives. Armed forces quickly arrive, taking both children prisoner, whilst using their ailing parents’ lives as leverage to get answers. With the help of friends and the WhipEye, Jake and Samantha escape to safer ground, but must hurry to find an antidote to save their parents, whilst hiding from their kidnappers. With time not on their side, and the added discovery that one of their dearest friends – possibly the only one they can trust – is in grave danger, the children use extreme caution in an effort to save their parents, protect the inhabitants of KiraKu, as well as the people of Earth. Achieving these things, whilst fighting a battle filled with death and bloodshed, and without falling under WhipEye’s spell, is a whole lot harder than it sounds. The allure of The WhipEye Chronicles is one that I simply cannot resist. Geoffrey Saign has created other-worldly creatures which can take on many forms, whether in their home dimension of KiraKu or on Earth. In true form, the book dashes from a peaceful, celebratory introduction, before fast becoming a mass of action, drama, thrill and mystery. I strongly recommend that the books from the WhipEye Chronicles are read in order, so that the reader is able to thoroughly grasp the important role that each character of the story plays. Although many new characters are introduced, some old favorites return, creating a feeling of happiness and recognition, which brings a smile to the face of this particular reader. I tip my hat to Geoffrey Saign - not only for the amazing continuity between the first and second books, but also for the well-roundedness in each of the characters, whilst leaving the reader guessing whether each one is friend or foe. I thoroughly enjoyed Gorgon from beginning to end, and recommend it to readers of all ages, especially those between 8-14, who are fans of epic adventures from out of this world.
1booknut More than 1 year ago
This story begins where it left off in book one, WhipEye only it is 14 months later. We see that our main characters Samantha and Jake are not getting along as the sory opens. Things get interesting right from the beginning when a Komodo dragon demands the WhipEye from Samantha, who is it's guardian. If you read book one you know that the WhipEye is a powerful magical staff that helps Samanta and Jake transport themselves to other places. It also calls them for help from the great ones of lthe magical world. The Komodo dragon is not happy that Samantha will not give up the WhipEye and poisons her father and Jakes mother and they have to get a cure for the poison in two days or their parents will die. The story is about what happens in thoes two days. In order to find out what takes place and if and how they find the cure you will need to read this most exciting story for yourself. I was given a free copy of the book by Miother Daughter Book Review in exchange for an honest review.
aLilLacey More than 1 year ago
I love the main characters in this story, Sam (Samantha) and Jake. They have a fun friendship that I feel like really shows how 12/13 year olds would behave towards each other and the situations that arise. It's believable and they haven't been matured past their real age like so many stories do. It keeps the youthfulness in the story. Sam's knowledge of animals and quirkiness is one of my favorite parts of the book. There's so many varieties of animals in the book and I love it when she randomly stops in a high stress situation and spouts off the animals name and scientific aka name. She hasn't been glorified into a crazy girl hero. She's a regular girl chosen, along with Jake, to help the world of KiraKu and the Great Ones. The story takes you on a intense journey as they try to get the antidote for a poison that Sam's dad and Jake's mother ended up with after a battle with a giant Komodo dragon sent by the power thirsty Gorgon. Definitely a recommended book for early teens. The concern Sam has for animals really keeps the fighting to a minimum and little harm to people or animals
Kay_LaLone More than 1 year ago
Jake and Sam need the antidote to save their parents. If they enter KiraKu and get the Jewel of Origin, Gorgo promises to give them the antidote and Rose. Will he keep his promise? Will they save their parents? Who can they trust? Adventure. Fantasy. Great characters. The author weaves an awesome adventure. I look forward to reading book 3. I received this book free for an honest review.
booklovelounge More than 1 year ago
Gorgon had a lot of action, adventure and thrilling scenes that's great not just for middle graders but even for much older kids (and kids at heart). I love nature and am very pleased that the book introduces us to a whole bunch of unknown animals, at least to me. My brain actually had a hard time imagining how the characters look like and how the scenes unfold. Everything was fast-paced and even in the 'slow' scenes, you can't help but still feel on edge because you keep on wondering how things will come out at the end. I am amazed at the awesome plot twists and turns especially at the very end. Awesome, awesome book. I can't wait to read the next installment in this series. Read full review: http://thebookloverslounge.com/kidlittuesday-review-gorgon-by-geoffrey-saign/ Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MamiTales More than 1 year ago
After reading WhipEye last year, the second I knew there was a second book out, I had to read it. The first book is not only full of magic and fantasy, but it is a very well thought-out and endearing coming-of-age novel for tweens. I delved deep into the WhipEye world with Gorgon, where Sam and Jake have to save KiraKu once more from the power-thirsty Gorgon, a charismatic Lesser. Sam and Jake get propelled into this new adventure by upping their stakes: if they don't figure out a way to bring Gorgon the jewel that will grant him absolute power on earth and destroy KiraKu, both their parents will die. I found the drama of this stakes a little too extra-dramatic for my taste, but I understand that the kids needed a big push in order to undertake another huge adventure. Gorgon is less about the coming-of-age part, and more about the fantasy and the friendship relationship between Samantha and Jake. I personally would have preferred to focus more on the fantasy of the world and the developing of the bond between Sam and Jake, as I felt that just put too many strains on the main character. Not only does Samantha need to save her father, about to become an orphan, but now she also is at odds with her best friend and newly found buddy from the first book. It might be just me, but I just wish it had had a little more breathing room on this super-high-stakes-break-neck-adventure piece which is the second book. In the end we are left with a big cliffhanger, which I hope will resolve on the next installment of the series. I did enjoy the read, and I'm looking forward to the next book... but Gorgon is just not as amazing as the first book was. However, I would not hesitate to recommend this series to any tween with a love for fantasy and the environment. NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own
IReadWhatYouWrite More than 1 year ago
Gorgon, is a terrific middle grades book. Although I came into this story on the middle, I had no trouble keeping up with the backstory. It follows the next step in the story of Samantha and Jake who have had some time to rest from saving the world, but they haven’t quite recovered from their ordeal. Both are still affected by what happened and before they can really begin to talk about it they are thrown headlong into a new adventure that not only threatens the safety of both Earth and KiraKu, but could mean that they lose their parents. The ancient schism in KiraKu leading to so many of its residents living in our world is finally coming to a head and Samantha and Jake will find that they can only trust in each other to get to the other side of it. I love mythology origin stories and this one has done a fabulous job explaining the explainable. The denizens of KiraKu make for a rich tapestry to set this story against. The twist and turns in the story kept my head spinning and opened the door beautifully for a new sequel. Especially fun is Samantha’s encylopedia-like knowledge of animal species. This book is a must for the nerds around your house. I also truly appreciated that the story was equal opportunity. Too often MG stories are written about and for a specific gender. A story like this will appeal to both. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Dale More than 1 year ago
Review – Geoff Saign The WhipEye Chronicles – Book Two I believe this to be the fastest moving story I have had the pleasure of reading. It seemed that every single page was filled with action. I picked this up without reading the first book in the series, which may have hurt my understanding somewhat. The references to the happenings in book one and my inability to call on them resulted in a little confusion—until—I got into the meat of the story. If you are a fan of fantasy, like action, and can deal with multiple characters, this is a book you will embrace. There were times when I needed a break to calm down and relax. The storyline follows two young people—male and female—as they set out to revisit KaraKu, a fictional world parallel to the one we know. With the young girl as the focal point of the story and her dependence on a staff in her possession, the perils associated with this alternate world come to the front and consist of imaginary beings alongside the real animals of this world, albeit, with profoundly different abilities. Some of these animals are able to transition into our world. The center of the story is a carved staff in the possession of the young girl. This staff, “WhipEye”, is covered with the likeness of beings from KaraKu and it possesses extraordinary power. Mr. Saign impresses with his imaginative story telling. He excels at his descriptions of places and things and it is clear that he has a nook in his heart for living creatures from every walk. Written in first person-present tense, it took me awhile to adapt to that style, but it proved to be very effective in telling the story of WhipEye. Dale Swanson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of reading book one of Whip Eye Chronicles and I didn't think anything could top it, but I was wrong. Samantha and Jake only have a few days to save their parents before the poison takes their life. These two along with the help of friends must travel to KiraKu to get the antidote. They will encounter many new creatures friends and foes. This story had such an interesting plot that was fast paced and easy to follow . Each character had a role to play and all played them well. I can see many young children reading this story and letting themselves getting taken away into the story and have their imagination run wild. All in all another great story. Hope to read more from this series!