Review: Blood Ties by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

bloodtiesBLOOD TIES (Spirit Animals Book #3)
Garth Nix & Sean Williams
Scholastic Press
Publication Date: March 25, 2014

From the back cover:

The adventure continues in this third book of the epic multiplatform fantasy series.

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.

BLOOD TIES is the third book in Scholastic’s Spirit Animals series, and like the other two, it is filled with lush description, non-stop action, and a few un-forseen twists and turns.

Garth Nix manages to eek out a little character growth between the four children, and for the first time in the books, they begin to work as a true team. As they struggle to find the third talisman, the war between the Conquerors and the Green Cloaks is growing. With the Conquerors shadowing their every move, Conor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollan race to stay one step ahead of the enemy. I enjoyed seeing the children begin to trust their bonds and start learning to rely on the spirit animals and their strength. I also really appreciate the way each spirit animal has their own personality that shines through in Garth Nix’s/Sean Williams’s writing.

While I wished for more closure from the second to the third (the second book left me with questions that really never got answered), I appreciated this book for what it was, an exciting action adventure that is sure to appeal to any reader, especially those in the 5th through 8th grades.



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