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Spirit Animals: Book 3: Blood Ties Hardcover – March 25, 2014
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My thoughts: Another great installment of the series. And they just keep getting better and better! (Not, of course, because the authors are changing, but because the plot and characters are developing as the series progresses.) Like in the earlier books, Blood Ties shows the power friendship - of working with your team rather than trying to fight evil alone. It encourages trust - of your partners, your friends, and the power of Good to conquer Evil. Most of all, the story is fun. It's a delight to watch as the kids' distinct characters develop, and how each character adds to the dynamics of the team. The world-building is also a lot of fun - it has both a familiar and a novel taste. For instance, Zhong is the Erdas-equivalent of Asia. The comparison is undeniable, and yet Zhong's culture and scenery are also delightfully unique. And, of course, this book is filled with adventures, intrigue, and battles - which any lover of middle grade fantasy / adventure books craves. I'm looking forward to the release of the next book in the series, Fire and Ice, in July.
After giving up the last talisman, the crew must forgive each other, come together, and move on. With the Conquerors right on their tail, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan are in a race to find the next talisman. They are continuing to build their skills and their bonds with their spirit animals while becoming a strong team. Meilin and her home are featured in this installment.
This book continues the series nicely. It follows a similar style even though they are all written by different authors. There is character building, foreshadowing, some new characters introduced, and the ultimate fight scene at the end. I loved the first book in the series. It took me a bit to get into the second, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. This one didn't have quite the same captivating charm, but it is still a good addition to the series. I am sure that the many kids that love the series will devour this one and be eagerly awaiting the next. Hopefully I will be drawn into the next one a bit more than I was this one.
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In this third book of the multi-author Spirit Animals series, the Conquerers are devouring whole cities in their quest to disrupt and control the bond between animals and humans. Concerned for her homeland, Meilin has left the others to find her father and fight the enemy. But Meilin soon finds that she's not the only one sneaking into the country.
The story takes place largely in the country of Zhong, a pseudo Asia. Nix and Williams fill the book's locations with rich details. Over the course of Blood Ties we visit a massive bamboo maze, a swamp teeming with enraged crocodiles, and a lake surrounded by high cliffs. This is the first of the Spirit Animals books that really showed me the world of Erdas.
I was also glad to see a stronger focus on the overall problem of the series, the Devourer's quest to conquer Erdas. Those enormous crazy-eyed crocodiles were terrifying!
In my review of Book 2, I had to write a qualification about how multi-author series often water down the elements that make an author's writing style unique. However, that was not true in Blood Ties. I love Garth Nix's other books, such as Shade's Children and Sabriel, for his marvelous world-building. He and Williams pulled off a great world in this book too. Cheers!Read more ›
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A must read. I loved it and can't wait to read the rest. Has to be one of the best series I have read.Published 1 month ago by Joseph V Crimi
This book was very good. I enjoyed reading it, and I finished it in 2 days, LOL! Can't wait for the next book in the series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Destiny
Very good book with some very exiting turns but sometimes I see right around the corner so predictable but otherwise a good readPublished 2 months ago by frank reiser
Title: Spirit Animals Book 3 - Blood Ties
Author: Garth Nix & Sean Williams
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