Friday, 21 February 2014

Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born

Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born by Brandon Mull (Scholastic Inc)
PB RRP $6.50
ISBN 978-1-74283-997-4
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Wild Born is the first book in a new series Spirit Animals. Much like The 39 Clues or Infinity Ring series, each book in this engrossing series will be written by a different author with Brandon Mull kicking off the series. In Eras, having a rare bond with a spirit animal means great power, for both human and beast. And, as Connor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollan discover, with this power comes great responsibility. These four have summoned the animals of legend and their path is set – only they have the power to stop the dark force which is rising in the land. The fate of the world rests on their young shoulders.

Wild Born is an exciting ride. It is action packed all the way and ends on a cliff hanger which leaves the reader wanting more. Although I found the writing a little strained at times, the premise of the storyline and the exciting action scenes easily kept me involved. The world Mull has created is fabulous, the fantasy plot intriguing, and the characters make me care about what is happening to them and the world the live in.

For fantasy or animal lovers, this is a series well worth investing some time in. Popular fantasy author Maggie Stiefvater has written the second book and I can’t wait for that one. The Spirit Animals Series will suit middle school readers mostly, between grades five and eight and is Scholastics’ new multiplatform release. Read the book, and then discover the action role-playing game online, complete with a spirit animal of your own, at www.spiritanimals.scholastic.com

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