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The Calling (Darkness Rising) Hardcover – April 10, 2012

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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 began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

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

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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: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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3 of 3 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 Jaye Milne on September 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'll give this book one thing: More things actually happened than the first one.

This book starts off right off the bat with Maya and her friends getting kidnapped after they've boarded a helicopter, straight after the forest fire that took place at the end of the first book. The one they believe was set on purpose. After the helicopter crashes, Maya and company find themselves in the wilds of Vancouver Island trying to find information and a way back home.

(I couldn't remember pretty much all of the characters and what was going on at the beginning by the way, I guess The Gathering didn't leave that much of an impression in my brain.)

I'm really not sure what my thoughts are after finishing this book. Mostly relived that it's over and I can stop reading about them walking through the forest and conveniently overhearing the baddies talking about the kind of stuff they need to know about. Like what they are, who is chasing them, why they are chasing them, etc etc. But still, strangely more enjoyable than the first one. There was more action and more discovering.

But it mostly felt like the author just took the bases from her Darkest Powers series and changed the characters and the setting. Really, there wasn't much difference besides that. Group of supernatural kids gets kidnapped by shady organization, goes on the run, fails at getting help from any adults, gets information about what is going on, confront a lackey who mentions that they are just kids, somehow runs into random danger along the way that could have been EASILY avoided, blah blah blah.

The main difference here was that I could not connect to these characters or be excited or worried at all during their plight. I mean I really, really loved the Darkest Powers series by Armstrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on June 3, 2012
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This was an action packed story. When it begins, Mayor Tillson, Maya, her dog Kenjii, Sam, Daniel, Corey, Rafe, Nicole and Hayley are on a helicopter supposedly being taken to join their parents and get away from the fires that are threatening Salmon Creek. But the helicopter pilot is going the wrong direction and Mayor Tillson collapses. The pilot is knocked out leaving the kids to pilot the helicopter with limited success. Rafe falls out of the helicopter and, even though Maya tries to save him, he falls. The helicopter ends up crashing into the water near the northern part of Vancouver Island. The pilot and Mayor Tillson are dead but the kids manage to swim back to the island.

When "rescuers" come, some of the kids are suspicious but Nicole goes to them and is shot. That sends the rest of the kids running and a wild three day adventure happens as they try to elude the people sent to capture them and find a way back to civilization. Along the way Maya makes her first shift into cougar and Daniel comes to realize that the things he can do make him a supernatural creature too.

The kids don't know who they can trust and don't really understand what is happening. They have a few clues about the bigger picture which includes a conflict between St. Cloud and the Nasts but none of them really know what is happening. All they know is that they want to get to their parents because they feel they can trust them. One of their pursuers claims to be Maya's biological father but nothing he does inclines Maya to trust him at all.

The story was exciting. The kids learn more about their powers. But this is very much a middle book in a trilogy. The larger issues, including the kids' safety, are left unresolved. I can't wait to read the concluding volume to find out what happens next for Maya, Daniel and their friends.
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