- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Series: Outlaws of Time (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (April 18, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062327291
- ISBN-13: 978-0062327291
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Outlaws of Time #2: The Song of Glory and Ghost Hardcover – April 18, 2017
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“Wilson has crafted a twisty tale here, injecting the fantasy and history of the story with plenty of thrills and chills. Fans hooked by the first novel will devour this rip-roaring sequel.” (Booklist)
Praise for OUTLAWS OF TIME: THE LEGEND OF SAM MIRACLE: “An entertaining romp… that lays groundwork for future installments in the Outlaws of Time series.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A wide world of incredible magic.” (Booklist)
“On the charges of wild action, mind-bending fantasy, unforgettable characters, and enough fun plot twists to blow the ten-gallon from any reader’s head, the verdict on ND Wilson’s Outlaws of Time: crazy guilty.” (Peter Lerangis, New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Wonders series)
“A lightning fast adventure with one breathless action scene after another.” (J.A. White, author of the Thickety series)
“An exciting adventure with relentless action and more twists and turns than a sidewinder snake on the hunt.” (Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of the Tombquest series)
From the Back Cover
Sam Miracle never thought that his future could lie in the past. But after leaping through centuries at the side of a mystical time walker, Sam and his best friend, Glory, know that the next morning’s sun could belong to yesterday as easily as tomorrow.
But no day—past, present, or future—is safe. Since the Vulture escaped, Sam and Glory’s greatest nemesis has left no time or place unmarked by his path of destruction. A new history has been forged, and today’s world has shifted in the smoke and ruin. At least Sam and Glory have Peter, the youngest version of their mentor, Father Tiempo, to help repair the sands of time . . . until they don’t.
Determined to save their friend from the Vulture’s clutches, Sam and Glory put their trust in Ghost, a strange creature who has been around since before time itself. Only now, the sidekick must fill the legend’s shoes, the hero must play backup, and the powers they have yet to discover within themselves might just hold the key to protecting every last second for eons to come.
Crackling with action, adventure, and magic, The Song of Glory and Ghost is the second book in bestselling author N. D. Wilson’s new spellbinding series.
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By now, N.D. Wilson has produced enough for the same to be manifestly true of him. His most beloved themes (distilled in his two nonfiction works, Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl and Death by Living) are incarnated in every children’s novel to date: courage, self-sacrifice, thanksgiving, feasting, wonder at the world, laughter in the face of evil, joy in our own finitude, faith in the God of perfect stories.
In Outlaws of Time 2, the prevailing theme is two-pronged: reverence and gratitude for old age, and therefore fearlessness in the face of death. Do not dread the advancing years, but wear them heavy like a crown. We are not meant to be young and wrinkle-free forever; our bodies are meant to change, to be given away, to be “rich as an ancient tree still bearing fruit in her final season.”
Wilson develops this theme not primarily in Sam Miracle, the hero of the first book, but—surprise—Glory. And that’s just one of the fun shifts in Book 2.
Book 1 was a chase; cat and mouse; hunt while hunted. Book 2 is a race against time, through time, outside of time, in many times, sometimes spinning through various times in a little hamster ball of your own time. If you’re dizzy, you should be.
In The Song of Glory and Ghost, we trade the oven-baked desert of Arizona for Wilson’s own stomping grounds in the moody Pacific northwest. The setting—a post-apocalyptic world largely destroyed by the Vulture, lawless bands of survivors claiming territories and camping out in abandoned mansions—employs a popular motif in modern entertainment. (Think The Walking Dead, The Maze Runner, The Last Ship.)
It’s a timely switch-up for Wilson. The motif could easily feel cliché, but he wards this off with a characteristically robust and inspiring cast (you’ve never met anyone quite like Ghost, hands-down the best new character) and high-spirited theology. The result feels like listening to your favorite artist cover a familiar song; the pleasure lies in recognizing the old theme and appreciating how this new recording sounds.
I hate spoilers, so I’ll keep the plot recap simple. The Vulture is wounded and dangerous. Young Peter is in mortal danger, and because he must grow up to become the old man who saves Sam in Book 1, this puts Sam in mortal danger, and because Sam is the only one who can defeat the Vulture, the life of the entire world is at stake.
Enter Wilson’s new superhero: Glory. If you’re a Sam fan, get ready to have the hero take a backseat while the sidekick is promoted. It’s a testament to Sam’s coolness that I missed hanging out with him, but Glory is truly tremendous. Equipped with terrifying new skills she can’t (yet) control, she must journey back in time and rescue Peter from the wrong death, thus preserving his future death as an old man in which he sacrifices himself to save Sam.
She is far braver than I ever would be. Every superhero fumbles around with their new powers at first, but forget Ironman accidentally torching his cars or Spiderman missing a skyscraper—this is no fun and games. The scariest scene Wilson has ever penned is when Glory is testing her new gift. (Look for it on pages 204-206.)
Throw in revolting new villains, a redheaded fangirl, a bearded pirate with a questionable moral compass, the same entertaining Lost Boys (but with more screen time), hellish sea monsters, and a mysterious white-haired demon, and you’ve got the funnest middle-grade adventure I’ve read since, well, Book 1.
Here’s the truth that sank home for me. Glory’s mission (and her gusto for it) reminds me of Gandalf’s oft-quoted words to Frodo: “All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given us.” And Boniface, less well-known but just as good: “I know I shall die, and I shall die on time. Therefore, I must make the most of the moments between here and there.”
What does this mean? Our greatest mission is to die the deaths we are meant to die. They are already written—so chase them. How? Every moment you live, you are dying; how you live is, naturally, how you die. So if you’re living for others, you’re dying for them.
Peter dies multiple times. So does Sam. So can we. Die in little things, big things, dishes, car rides, diapers, picking up chores for your sister, stopping to talk with the nagging acquaintance who never has anything interesting to say. Spill your years like wine. Spend them like money lavished at Christmas. Give till you’re gone. Receive Glory’s charge: “Take up the life that is yours. Walk the lonely winding roads to the deaths that are yours. Live with open hands.”
Just like old age, the right death, the timely death, the daily death, is a crown. Welcome to its weight.
Live well, die well, and you will hear glory, hallelujah.
This volume is the second in the 'Outlaws of Time' trilogy, and it's an over-sized, over - flowing bucket of jaw - dropping awesomeness that may require a seat belt to read. Wilson here further fleshed out characters and concepts first introduced in the first book of the series with a fine balance of speed, word-smithing, and brevity - when done this well, there is no adequate defense...you simply lose yourself in the telling of the tale.
Not to be missed.