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Spirit Animals: Book 3: Blood Ties Kindle Edition
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Erdas is a land of balance. A rare link, the spirit animal bond, bridges the human and animal worlds. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan each have this gift-and the grave responsibility that comes with it.
But the Conquerors are trying to destroy this balance. They're swallowing whole cities in their rush for power-including Meilin's home. Fed up with waiting and ready to fight, Meilin has set off into enemy territory with her spirit animal, a panda named Jhi. Her friends aren't far behind . . . but they're not the only ones.
The enemy is everywhere.
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- ASIN : B00FFGCA34
- Publisher : Scholastic Inc.; Illustrated edition (March 25, 2014)
- Publication date : March 25, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 7307 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 195 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0545599733
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #186,771 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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!
Overall, my students and I really love these books and this one is the best so far. Some of my fifth graders have expressed concern that the series is starting to get a bit repetitive. The first 3 are unique enough to be fun reads, but there is some formulaic writing emerging. It hasn't been annoying yet since the authors have mixed it up, but it I agree with my students that it will be a challenge to keep this series fresh.
just in time to help in the battle for the slate elephant. Tragic loses happen to the greencloaks, but in the end they all stay strong. This book also had some slight Reilin (Rollan+Meilin) moments which I got excited about. After the battle for the slate elephant the rhino riders decide to join the Zhonganeize resistance and the greencloaks against the conquerors. What will happen next?! I DON'T KNOW BUT I AM IN LOVE WITH SPIRIT ANIMALS READ THIS BOOK!!! :D
A good story, delicately dealing with issues of trust and loss.