Review: Hunted by Maggie Stiefvater

huntedHUNTED (Spirit Animals, Book 2)
Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 7, 2014

The saga of four children who have called spirit animals and are destined to save the world continues with HUNTED, the second book in Scholastic’s interactive series. This time, author Maggie Stiefvater takes the helm, penning an adventurous tale that takes the children on their first big test.

In WILD BORN, Conor, Rollan, Meilin and Abeke, learned the basics of interacting with their spirit animals, barely managing to succeed in their quest to obtain the first talisman and outwith the Conquerors. Now, in HUNTED, their spirit animal bonds start becoming stronger, but they still have an uphill battle to achieve the second talisman from Rumfuss the boar as the strength of the Conquerors grows. New foes emerge and internal battles are waged that threaten to tear the four fallen apart.

While WILD BORN had to spend much of its storyline on set-up and world building, HUNTED is able to drop us right into the story. As a result, the second book in the Spirit Animals series is much richer, allowing for more character development and internal conflict to blossom.

Maggie Stiefvater manages to write a story that is both intelligent and accessible for younger readers. The action is fast-paced, the different view points each bring something to the table, and the cliff hanger ending is sure to both frustrate and intrigue readers. I enjoyed seeing the children starting to trust each other and work together, even when they were tested. The stakes are higher throughout this book, and readers get to spend more time getting to know Conor, who’s past and background seem to be one of the main focuses of HUNTED. I enjoyed getting this glimpse into the character of Conor, and am interested to see how the story progresses in the third installment.

This series will appeal to readers of all ages. However, as the books are all very interconnected, reading the books in order is a must.

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