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Product Details

  • Series: Darkness Rising (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061797057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061797057
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This engaging read is plot-driven and action-packed.” (School Library Journal)

About the Author

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story begins with Sea of Shadows.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. All of her novels for teens have been New York Times bestsellers. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.


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I'm married with three kids and live in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating with a degree in psychology, I switched gears and studied computer programming. Currently, I'm a full-time writer and parent. Could I make this section any more dull? Probably not.

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Maya grows a lot as a character in this book.
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The action and adventure is great in this story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bookhounds VINE VOICE on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Wow, talk about excitment! I was almost running with the group the whole time I was reading this in a wonderful follow up to The Gathering. I had mixed feelings about the first one in this series and didn't quite get all of the characters or where the plot was going, but just like a great stew this one came together in one big pot! That story was all about the set up and The Calling delivered everything. So Maya and her group of friends have been kidnapped in a diversion that ended the first book in a fire. They are taken on a helicopter ride in order to evacuate them from the town. Of course, the teens sense something is not quite right and when the mayor is suddenly taken out (with a tranquilizer), they really feel out of sorts. Then the helicopter crashes and they escape with their lives, well, almost all of them.

This a major road of discovery for all of the group. Maya now knows she is a skin walker and her instincts really kick in almost to the point where is becomes a know it all and a bit annoying. She is determined that the group survive and begins to suspect that some of the teens are a bit on the dark side. I am not giving away too much detail here, but I will say that this is an amazing ride full of nail biting adventure and will have you staying up until you finish the whole thing. I really hate the dreaded waiting for book three right now since this one was so amazing with all the little twists and turns in the plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Journey Through Pages on June 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Compared to all the other Kelley Armstrong books I read, The Calling feels incredibly unique in the way they are finding themselves in the wilderness having to survive on top of the normal secret organization trying to find them trope. We are stuck with a small cast of characters this time around and we are surrounded by so many mysteries: What is going on? Who can they trust? What are they? Unlike the other half of this supernatural creature equation, these kids do not know what they are at all. Maya knows what she is, and Daniel soon comes to terms with what he is, and it's starting to become apparent that the others are something as well, but the other two terms they come across xana and sileni are foreign to them and they have no idea, other than one must be good at singing and swimming.

Rafe is lost pretty early in the book, which made me wonder about Daniel in this second book, but I really liked how Armstrong didn't do the obvious ploy of having Daniel move on in, trying to get Maya's heart, thus creating the obvious YA Supernatural Love Triangle. It's obvious to us as the readers and the others with them that Daniel likes Maya more than just friends, but Maya is oblivious and Daniel is content right now for her to stay that way, especially since it's quite obvious her heart is Rafe's. Of course she will have the opportunity for things to come out next book.

One other thing I really liked about this plot is the slight horror element to it (anyone who keeps up with my reviews knows I love YA horror) with the kids being picked off one by one, leading up the the major "attack" at the end. As the cast of characters gets smaller and smaller, we can only wonder how this will play out, and if maybe things can truly be brought down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A forest fire forces Maya Delaney to flee town in a helicopter along with the mayor, and several other teens. But she's sure the fire was set on purpose, and her fear is justified when the teens are kidnapped. But a helicopter crash helps them to flee deep into the woods of Vancouver Island. With their would-be captors hot on their trail, the group must rely on their wits and special abilities to see them home.

The second installment in the Darkness Rising trilogy, The Calling centers on a select group of teenagers and their wild adventure trying to find a way back to civilization, knowing they can't trust anyone. Maya has a secret - that she's a skin-walker, just one of the gifts that have been bred into the teens.

Though the trilogy must be read in order, there is a convenient, brief review of events from the first novel that I found extremely beneficial since it's been a year since the last release. This novel reads like a survival thriller film - an abundance of suspense, adventure, and pulse-pounding excitement. While the first laid the foundation with the characters and was engaging, this sequel was darker with non-stop danger and suspense. This fast-paced, young adult fantasy trilogy is entirely captivating. I'm not sure how all the loose ends will tie up in just one more final installment, but it promises to be a wild ride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CC Liedecke on December 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Kelley Armstrong is a genius! She is combining her first trilogy, The Summoning, with this one. I cant wait to see what she does with the last book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gab5831 on December 26, 2012
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I love this book! Kelley Armstrong is a great author and I'm so happy I got this product. I can't wait for the next book in the series! Thank you for such a great written book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maryann princess on December 26, 2012
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I love the book can't wait for the third one,2 come out I want to know what happens to Maya and Rafe
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By terrieesq on December 26, 2012
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I am a huge Kelley Armstrong fan. Here work is well thought out, exciting and are always page turners... I hope she plans to write for many moons to come...
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