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Saturday 24 May 2014

Review: Blood Ties (Spirit Animals #3)

Meilin, hopelessly lost in the Great Bamboo Forest, cannot find an exit, even with Jhi’s help. Her return to Zhong to aid her father ends in anguish when he sends her away, for treachery lurks among the loyalists and he fears for Meilin’s life. The rest of the group have crossed the sea without her.

Conor remains ashamed at having given up the Iron Boar talisman to the enemy to save his family. He learns that ‘the people we love are our strengths, but they are our weaknesses too’.

Erdas needs the talismans of the Great Beasts to defeat the enemy. The Granite Ram talisman is in their possession and now they begin another adventure in search of Dinesh, keeper of the Slate Elephant talisman.

Greater challenges than they could ever have imagined await them. Rollan’s life hangs by a thread while the conquerors continue to use the Bile to transform common animals into giant killers.  Battles take place and the group’s abilities increase while their Spirit Animals, now obedient, empower and assist them in their quest.

This is the best instalment yet, filled with excitement, action, fantastic challenges, great change and an unexpected bonding when the group faces the most glorious victory and loss at the same time. The descriptions are amazing and the two co-authors have done a magnificent job with the storyline and the battle scenes.

Follow the links to read our reviews of Wild Born and Hunted, the first two books in this series.

Title: Blood Ties (Spirit Animals #3)
Authors: Garth Nix & Sean Williams
Publisher: Scholastic Inc., $12.99 RRP
Publication Date: April 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781743620007
For ages: 8-12
Type: Middle Fiction