Number-one New York Times best seller Maggie Stiefvater continues the adventure in Book two of this enthralling multiplatform series. Four children have discovered that they have spirit animals - a rare bond between human and animal that has launched them on a quest to save their world.
The team heads to the forests of Eura, where another Great Beast is hidden. At first Conor is excited to return to his old home, but when the four young heroes are betrayed by a familiar face, the hunt for the Great Beast becomes a race for their lives. But the real danger may be lying just ahead....
Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game - discover your spirit animal and join the adventure.
©2014 Maggie Stiefvater (P)2014 Scholastic Inc.
We are devouring each book via whisper sync and the audio is an excellent performance match to the books. We highly recommend Spirit Animals to all ages!
Did it meet your expectations?
It exceeded my expectations! The excellent writing and narration really brought the story to life. I had read the first book, but this excellent production of the book is even better!
What was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment of the story was probably when I, the reader, learned that Finn was the legend! That was amazing. The author skillfully hinted and led up to it, with his spirit animal trapped in dormant form, etc.
How was the narrator?
The narrator was amazing! With her, I was never confused which character was speaking, and she did accents for particular characters perfectly. Also, she emphasized the correct words and really brought the story to life!
"Possibly 12A rated rather than PG"
This book was considerably darker in tone than the first of the series.
It contained many more adult themes, notably a sustained theme on class and whether it was acceptable for a Lord to discriminate against peasants or treat them badly due to their birth. This is quite a clever "in" for concepts of bullying, cruelty and just vrs unjust, but (as you can imagine) these are quite big topics. Add to that some battle scenes, hints at starvation, one sideways mention of threatened rape, plus hints of blossoming romance, you have a pretty meaty book.
My boys are aged 6 and 8, and by the end I thought some of the book was a bit too old for them. Mind you, there were no nightmares - they just missed bits as they didn't really understand what they were listening too.
The story continues from the first book, with the children heroes bonding with their spirit animals and gaining more understanding of their powers. They have to learn to work together in order to save the known universe, and negotiate which adults are good and which are bad. As you can see, there is plenty for the younger listener to understand and enjoy.
However, the 12A cinema rating states that "physical and psychological threat is permitted" as opposed to the roller-coster romps of a PG setting. I would say this book is veering towards the 12A in some parts, very much like the second and third Harry Potter books get increasingly scarier and darker. So, if you would let your child read those, then this book would be fine. If you wouldn't (and we haven't yet) stop now.
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