- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
- Series: Ashtown Burials (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Ashtown Burials #2 edition (September 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375864407
- ISBN-13: 978-0375864407
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 6-10-This action-packed sequel to The Dragon's Tooth (Random, 2011) promises-and delivers-as much magic, mystery, and mythology as its predecessor. Thanks to Cyrus and Antigone Smith, Dr. Phoenix now possesses the Dragon's Tooth-and he's been using it to hunt and kill immortals worldwide. Phoenix has a dark agenda, but an evil alliance of immortals, Ordo Draconis, also seeks the tooth's power. Worse, the Ordos have a centuries-old vendetta against the Smith family. Circumstances within the Order of Brendan are already shaky when fearful immortals, led by Gilgamesh of Uruk, storm Ashtown, demanding Smith blood. The siblings narrowly escape. To help retrieve the tooth, they recruit the infamous immortal, Captain John Smith. Cyrus has a plan, but will it work? Characters are well drawn, and the story's many interwoven plotlines, although complex, are easy to follow. This absorbing guy-friendly adventure will appeal to fans of Michael Scott and Rick Riordan.-Alissa J. Bach, Oxford Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Cyrus and Antigone Smith have a lot of problems. Their mother is still unresponsive in the hospital. The Ordo Draconis was stopped the last time out by their ancestor, Captain John Smith, but the cabal seems intent on rising to power again. The siblings should be training to become explorers, but there isn’t enough time. The leadership of the Order of Brendan is changing, and the transmortals—like Gilgamesh of Uruk—want revenge on Cyrus because he inadvertently put the Tooth of the Dragon into the hands of Dr. Phoenix. It’s no wonder the Smiths are on the run with the other Polygoners. They must fight their way through physical and emotional torture as they seek to release Captain Smith and stop Phoenix. Beginning where The Dragon’s Tooth (2011) left off, Wilson’s second installment is fast-paced and creatively plotted. New characters, such as Arache and her spiders and a mysterious red-winged blackbird, add complexity in relationships and prevent the story line from feeling contrived. In exploring the idea of what it means to be truly alive, this novel will move wide audiences. Grades 8-12. --Melissa Moore
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This novel is a bit darker than the first, in that it deals with death and resurrection and some rather morbid issues though NOT in a graphic way. I would be a bit cautious in giving it to a young reader but didn't find it overly scary or horrific or graphic, just a bit creepy. If you liked the first novel you will like this one even more and will be on the edge of your seat till the end!
I am torn with what rating to give, and would definitely go 3.5 stars if I could. I think the story line is unique and fun. There are tons of spiders, and some zombie creations going on, but nothing too graphic except for the very sensitive readers. ND Wilson has done a great job in previous books creating characters that are so human, relatable and interesting that it was the people who carried the stories (leepike ridge, 100 cupbords) in the first book of Ashtown, I think it switched so that there was a ton of action that sometimes left the characters a little shallow. This one is definitely better, and I like the people we have met and want to read more about them. One of the author's strengths is his ability to play with words and say things in funny and unique ways. I love it when he is using that to describe people and places, but I think sometimes that same strength can get in the way when he is describing action sequences. There were multiple times in the story where I was confused as to what was happening and had to re-read portions. I wouldn't have lowered my rating so much for this except this is a middle readers book, and I think if I struggled, then they would too.
Bottom line: it's good, it's worth reading, and I will continue reading the series as it comes out, but I do think it would be a difficult story to follow audibly or for anyone with a shorter attention span.
The use of historical and mythical characters give them a depth while allowing for a good pace. Character development can take place in the main characters while the supporting crew is also rich with a great sense of camaraderie.
Hard work is emphasized with the main character NOT discovering they have super powers but having to train and study. The author does not leave out mentioning the pain involved. Combat rarely goes as planned and both sides sufer wounds
The books are dark but I chose to read them to my children (ages 11,9,7,5,3, etc) to expose them to some of the darkness in the world. Using a historical eugenicist as the father of the bad guy was brilliant. To know such evil was and is real is a great lesson children need to understand.
An excellent book I am sure we will revisit, loan out, and ruminate on for years to come.