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All That Lives Must Die: Book Two of the Mortal Coils Series Paperback – July 20, 2010

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Starred Review. Following the events of 2009's Mortal Coils, 15-year-old twins Fiona and Eliot Post--children of Lucifer and the goddess Atropos--come into their powers at the onset of a vast battle between supernatural entities. Forced to enroll in an ultra-competitive magical school called Paxington, where even gym class can prove lethal, the twins encounter such mysterious, dangerous, and intriguing characters as headmistress Miss Weston and gym teacher Mister Ma, while learning more about familiar characters like slick Uncle Henry and Lucifer himself. Nylund masterfully blends the mundane details of studying with an epic war in Hell, and with similar skill portrays Fiona and Eliot's sibling bond even as their political and romantic interests diverge. Nylund has hit his stride, piling on the plot developments, but never losing sight of the standout characterizations that made the first book memorable.
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The Immortals and the Infernals are still at it in the sequel to Mortal Coils (2009), and twins Eliot and Fiona, children of Lucifer and a goddess, are still caught in the middle as both sides vie to claim the half-Immortal, half-Infernal teens as their own. Having passed the life-or-death tests set up by the league of gods, the twins face even more challenges when they are admitted as freshmen to Paxington Institute, a high school for children of the gods, which has an extremely rigorous and competitive curriculum—it is possible they might not survive the first semester. Their skills of diplomacy and strategic thinking are tested, and they are trained how to use and strengthen their powers. However, Eliot and Fiona not only face the deadly perils inherent in their classes but also the machinations of the Infernals, who plan to draw the twins into a war between clans. The Immortals are also manipulating the twins, and the tale abounds with lies, plans, schemes, and double-crosses as well as death and destruction. The twins become even more multifaceted than in the first book, and the swirling intrigue is compelling. To be continued in the planned What Fools These Mortals, which is sure to be anticipated. --Sally Estes
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Product Details

  • Series: The Mortal Coils Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765323044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765323040
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephanie on August 23, 2010
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I love this book and the predecessor, "Mortal Coils." The characters are fun, the gods are made human (which is a nice touch) and the story is refreshingly different even while falling in the genre neatly.

My one complaint is, what did I spend $16 on this book for if the editors and copywriters are going to damage the authors fabulous writing with CONSTANT typos, misspellings, and errors? I could see finding this plethora of mistakes in a cheap book but this is a $16 large paperback book, and should have been actually READ by the publishing company before being, you know, published. If I were Nylund, I would fire Tor and get a new publishing company. I am continually annoyed by sentences like "This wasn't like when he had Fiona had fought Beelzebub." "Canon" instead of "cannon". And the like.
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This was a brilliantly conceived novel by the author. It truly is worthy of five stars. Imaginative, action-packed, thought-provoking, and rip-roaring fun are all appropriate descriptions of this novel. So why did I give it only 3 stars? The novel is almost ruined by the inability of the publishers to hire a competent proofreader. I usually pick up on misspellings and common typos in books. Most books I read have several--after all nobody is perfect. I have never read a book with so many errors that it actually detracts from the author's intent. But this novel takes the cake. There are almost as many obvious errors as there are pages, and this is a 700 page book! It is maddening and infuriating to pay nearly $20 for a book these days only to find that the publishers were so woefully negligent. Being unemployed right now, I almost want to go through this book with a red pen like an old-school English teacher and send it to the publishers as a resume for a proofreading job. It really is that bad. Shame on you Tor. I will start buying your books second-hand from now on so that you never see my hard-earned money again. You cheated me.
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I haven't read a young adult book since I was... a young adult. This series is pretty good. One big problem. It's cancelled. Yes, Tor cancelled the series. As it stands, there will be no third book in this series. Really puts a downer on things as this book goes from being a good start to a legendary series to a prequel "second chapter" to nothing. What has happened to publishing. If your series is wildly successful, you can't ever finish it and must continue writing book after book until you die akin to The Wheel of Time and Song of Ice and Fire series. If your series isn't wildly successful yet still apparently profitable, then you must upset the people who actually bought the books thinking there would be followups by cancelling it. Nothing is worse then reading a story or watching a movie with a huge gaping hole in it that a future book/movie is meant to plug into regardless if that media ever gets created. He didn't put an entirely terrible hole at the end of this book. It actually ended well and interestingly. Problem is, it definitely does set up for a sequel and leaves many threads unresolved in preparation for it.

Thing is, this series seems to have done well, but just not enough for Tor. Is this Eric deciding he doesn't want to continue the series and pawning the decision to suspend it on Tor, or is it Tor betting that Eric can make them more money doing other work? Who knows. Who cares. I'm going to just make a new rule for myself. Don't read "The first book in xxx series" until that series is complete no matter what the rave reviews are. Maybe the next rule will be just to not read Tor series and stick to their self-contained novels.
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This book was awesome. From the moment I started to the moment I finished I was completely enthralled. Unlike 'Mortal Coils' the pace is set right from the beginning and it doesn't slow down. I found myself much more glued to this installment of the series than I was to the first, not to say there is anything wrong with 'Mortal Coils'. I also agree with other reviewers that the publishing company was grossly incompetent in not fixing grammatical errors before printing, but I don't want that to take away from the rating of the story itself. I would highly recommend reading this series partly because you'll enjoy it, and also because as far as I know the rest of the series has not been green lit by the publisher's yet. So please help this amazing series come to fruition by purchasing the series.
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Just as refreshing as the first one. I'll be looking forward to the third installment "What Fools These Mortals".

My only negative comment ,as others have noted, are the errors found in the text of even the Kindle Edition. It is as if it was never edited before being published. Common misspellings and wording througout the book that seem to become more frequent towards the end. I started to highlight them as I was reading, but there were too many and I gave up!

Regardless of that, this is a fantastic story and I hope that the entire series is published.
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I need a time machine in order to go back in time and never start reading the Mortal Coils Series.
Why would I so something so stupid you ask? Because my life is in utter and complete disarray. Ever since I read the back cover for Mortal Coils I have wanted nothing more than to jump into this world feet first and never come back. The moment I finished reading Mortal Coils I placed it on the top shelf of my bookshelf (which is reserved for only my favorite books) and went straight to the computer to pre-order All That Lives Must Die.
The day I open my mailbox and All That Lives Must Die was waiting for me, I walked back in the house, took off my shoes, called off summer school, and started to read. I finished almost a quarter of the book in the first day. Every time I put it down I felt like I was having withdrawals and needed my Eliot/Fiona FIX!! This installment takes you down roads that seem almost too good to be true. With Nylund's writing style I felt as though I could see every inch of this amazing world he has created right before my eyes.

The story of Eliot and Fiona is great, filled with twists and turns, and emotions that I am not sure I could endure. It makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you hold your breathe while reading. Their relationship evolves throughout the story and takes turns and bumps that most siblings would not survive through. Both Eliot and Fiona go through individual growth that has yet to be seen before. But one of the most interesting areas in this series is finding out more and more about who the twins' Uncles and Aunts are, or were throughout the history of the world. Nylund brings together so many different cultures and mythologies and rolls them up in a tortilla to make the most delicious idea-burrito ever.
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