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Traitor's Son: The Raven Duet Book #2 Hardcover – March 20, 2012
"Nonstop action, family strife, Pacific Northwest Native mythology and a likable hero combine in an unbeatable combination for fans of the fantastic."--Kirkus
"Readers of the first volume in the Raven Duet will enjoy this second and concluding one."--Booklist
"The juxtaposition of magic with science is fascinating, and the waking dreams into the spirit world will keep readers riveted."--School Library Journal
About the Author
Hilari Bell is the author of many science fiction and fantasy novels for children and teens. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Jason gets slipped the pouch when he's on a job driving/escorting a client to see his dad. All Jason wants is to finishing paying off the cost of his beloved Tesla, an old fashioned racing car that still has WHEELS. Yes in the near future we finally get our hover cars! Believing the medicine pouch is being used to smuggle some new designer drug, Jason is horrified, but also hoping that maybe it's not a hard drug and he can sell it to help pay for his dream car. Only that's not drugs, it magic created two hundred years to help humans heal the Earth from mystical corruption and illness that will lead to it's destruction. Targeted by the vicious and antagonistic Otter Woman, Jason has to accept his responsibility to the Earth and his family before the enemy destroys both to stop him from showing humanity can clean up it's messes and should be allowed that chance.
It's a simple clean lined story that pulls the reader in with realistic characterization and interesting plotting. I really enjoyed it and now want to read the first book also.
This one is an abrupt shift from the first book, Trickster's Girl Kelsa, the heroine of the first book, throws her magic pouch over the US-Canada border and from then on, the action shifts to Canada and to the new protagonist, Jase. As with the first book, Jase has to reconcile some personal and family issues and accept the possibility of magic before he can do his part to rescue the environment.
I liked this book, especially the way that it uses a combination of native magic and sf, and I particularly liked the various spirit characters like bee man or goose woman. Jase's overall journey is pretty good, and once he takes some control of his decisions, it gets very interesting.
My main complaint is it felt like it took way too long to get going, possibly as a result of having to re-introduce Raven and its world to a new character. After about two thirds of the book, the plot really gets going, and I'd probably give the last third four stars, maybe four and a half, but the going up until then is kind of a slog.
You could definitely read this one as a stand-alone, but if you're interested in something a little different, I would give both this and Trickster's Girl a try.
Gunfire at the border erupts while driving one of his father's clients, in his classic Tesla (the coolness factor being that 100 years from now the earth has Luke Skywalker hover crafts (ho-hum) and the Tesla uses wheels to get around), over to see him.
Kelsa, the hero of book one (see summary below), throws the magic pouch magic (created hundreds of years earlier to help humans heal the Earth) over the border from Canada to Alaska. Jase thinks it probably contains illegal drugs.
This begins the story of Jase's journey to heal the rift in the earth and in his family. Native American mysticism comes wonderfully into play. The ending is just right and concludes the 2 book series.
Probably best for boys and girls 11 and older, Raven (the beautiful native American appearing shape shifter) tries to seduce Jase and he says no, while later on Jase changes his mind and Raven says no because the time was not right.
Trickster's Girl: Publication: January 3, 2011 | Book one of two The Raven Duet series. In the year 2098 America isn't so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obssessed world, "secured" doesn't just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as 15 year old Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die. The night Kelsa buries her father, a boy appears. He claims that he is Raven, the trickster from Native American mythology, and he needs her help to save the world. He claims magic is responsible for the health of Earth, but human damage disrupts its flow. A biological plague is slowly killing all the trees on Earth, and they are unable to fight it because the leys, "underground currents of natural and magical energy running through the surface of the world," are damaged. The planet is dying. Kelsa has the power to reverse the damage, but first she must accept that magic exists and see beyond her own pain in order to heal the planet.
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By: Hilari Bell
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