Wild Born introduces the four main characters Connor, Abeke, Rollan and Meilin and the land of Erdas. Here, when children reach the age of eleven, commoners and nobles alike must attempt to call up their spirit animals. Not everyone can. But these four children of different social standing and situated in different parts of Erdas, succeed.
They must now learn to harness their spirit animals’ powers and use them for good. In this instance, their quest is to save the warring land of Erdas against its enemies.
The fast-paced story is full of adventure and excitement and kept me turning the pages. I loved the resourceful child characters and the magical animals prepared to share their powers with their masters. With themes of courage, loyalty, friendship and challenges that parallel those of power struggles and revenge, this promises to be a terrific series for younger readers.
With extensive promotions and online games and information at the fantastic Spirit Animals website, it will surely be a success story in many ways.
Title: Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1)
Author: Brandon Mull
Publisher: Scholastic, RRP $6.50 (Introductory Price)
Publication Date: October 2013
For ages: 8+
Type: Junior Fiction