And whether or not you just do what everyone wants you to or do what's right in your heart. The relationships between the four main characters and the added new one is this book will keep kids interested, I know it did me. The characters are complex and interesting. They aren't perfect but they are easy to like.
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These guys do have you thinking and that's an important quality for a middle grade book. It's not predictable and it holds the reader in this world that has lots of issues. I loved that even kids could make an impact on this world. The story moves quickly, again holding you in the story. There is a lot of fighting with monsters, action that will draw in the boys and strong girls that will draw in the girls. Certainly can't wait for book three! Jul 23, Kirsti Call rated it it was amazing. His teeth ached from too much ambrosia. Zed's mother would pop a kettle if she knew he'd fallen asleep without brushing again, but dental hygiene didn't factor high among his concerns these days.
Just two nights agao, his bedtime routine had involved tugging Liza's arm out of the jaws of a monster. This compelling book is the perfect follow up to the first book in the series. The characters are complex, filled with foibles, yet likable and overflowing with redeeming qualities. The relationships are real and raw and thought provoking. Themes of friendship, belonging, discrimination, romantic love, and identity make this a book that will resonate with all ages. With a fast paced plot, mystery and magic, this book was incredibly fun to read.
Zed's need to get to know his father, the shadow who wants Brock to spy, the discriminations within the Elven race, the Queen's secret agenda and more, make this book filled with intrigue. Many questions are left unresolved and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Oct 30, Nicole rated it it was amazing. Twilight of the Elves is an action packed, page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seats. This is a wonderful fantasy adventure for young children if read aloud, and perfect for slightly older children looking to delve into the fantasy genre. The story itself wonderful, with perfect pacing. I highly recommend Twilight of the Elves. Considering the ending, I can't wait for book three. Nov 05, Nicole Hewitt rated it really liked it Shelves: own , fiction-addiction-read. This installment had all the adventurous and magical elements of the first book, but those aspects of the book were intensified.
I also found myself laughing more, and the worldbuilding was stronger. I thought the first book did a pretty good job of these things, but this second book definitely outshone it. But the thing that I loved most about this o 4. But the thing that I loved most about this one was the social commentary. The elves have been herded into Freestone and are pretty much under guard.
The humans look at them with suspicionpartially just because they're different and partially because they believe the elves brought their city's destruction down on themselves.
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In today's political and social climate, it's not hard to see some parallels there. Plus, we learn that the elves themselves have a society that has been at war with itself and certain factions are looked down on and treated as second-class citizens. I will say that both the authors are whiteand I am tooso it would be interesting to read the opinions of some POC readers, but I thought that they handled the plight of the elves very well and that the messages are positive.
Oh, and once again, the ending has a twist that will send our heroes down a completely new path for book three! This series is a perfect blend of adventure and heart! No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own. Zed, Brock, and the others have saved Freestone once, now the elves want them to save Llethanyl, too. Zed and Brock are both keeping dark secrets from each other.
These secrets may not only destroy their friendship, but also the world.
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Kids who have read the first book will enjoy this one just as much. The action alone will keep young readers coming back for more. The author pair has a good chance to become as beloved as Brandon Mull. In the future, however, I think they need to spare a little time for more character development — while there is a bit, it is pretty shallow.
They also need to stop setting up the next book at the end of the last one. They will come back for more because you gave them a strong, complete story to love. Rant over. Oct 23, Suzanne rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley , ya-kid-lit. Zed, Brock, Liza, Micah, and Jett are back to survive dangers and deceptions.
Spoiler Alert - At the end of the first book in the series the elves arrived to report that their city had fallen. The town of Freestone allowed the refugees inside its walls, but the situation is uneasy and that is putting it mildly. The Rangers of the elves have taken shelter with the Adventurers Guild and their youngest member, Fel, has joined the five friends in their training. When a party is sent to scout a pos Zed, Brock, Liza, Micah, and Jett are back to survive dangers and deceptions.
When a party is sent to scout a possible return to the elven city of Llethanyl, the youngsters find themselves outside the safety of Freestone and in the wilderness where Dangers could be behind every bush or stone. Besides the creatures who try to kill them ranging from shapeshifting things with really large teeth to deadly spores and even banshees , there are also plenty of intrigue and cross-purposes to ruin everyone's day. The shadowy figure who wants Brock to discover secrets, Zed's desire to learn more about his elven father, the prejudices within the elven party against some of their own people, the elven queen's true agenda And within this fantasy setting, there are still everyday themes of friendship, family, belonging, identity, prejudice, and the stirrings of teenage romance as the adventurers make their way toward Llethanyl.
Readers who enjoyed the first outing and have been waiting for the next installment in the series will be glad to reunite with the characters they know and to learn more about the newcomers. Those who are just discovering the Adventurers Guild can jump in and give this a try, and then they will probably want to go back and read about how this crew got their start once they reach the end of the book. Highly recommended for middle grade readers who enjoy fantasy adventure. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. Feb 20, Thistle rated it it was ok.
The first book in this series was one of my favorites from last year, but unfortunately this second one just did not work for me. In the first book, we learned about the setting: Some fantasy world or future Earth? Almost all people humans, elves, dwarves have been killed by the Dangers, just a few cities are left, protected by walls, men, and magic.
In this second book, the main characters from the first book set out to try to save one of the citie The first book in this series was one of my favorites from last year, but unfortunately this second one just did not work for me. In this second book, the main characters from the first book set out to try to save one of the cities lost to Dangers.
Right from the beginning, I had problems with this book. I'm sure as an author, it's hard to balance how much recapping to do in a series -- do you add enough recap to bring people who haven't reread the earlier books up to speed? Or do you write for some future reader who is reading all the books one after another?
Unfortunately the authors used the latter choice, and so I spent most of the book going "Wait, who was that again? Why is he here? Is this a new character or just one I forgot? I could have reread the first book, so maybe that issue is on me. When the third book comes out assuming there is one , maybe I'll reread the first two before I check it out. Apr 03, Jill Jemmett rated it it was amazing. This is a fun story in the Adventurers Guild series.
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I love the group of kids who form the Adventurers Guild. There was a lot of tension between Zed and Brock, the two main characters, because they are both keeping secrets from one another. The characters got a little confusing at times because there were so many new ones, such as the elves they travelled with, and some characters have similar names. Two members of the party will need to interact with nectar dispensers to get ooze pheromones so the oozes will follow them.
Two oozes will spawn on either side of the room and two ooze lurers will need to kite them to the door. The lava elementals will attack the oozes so the rest of the party should kill the lava elementals to keep the path clear. Both party members who are luring oozes must reach the end at roughly the same time or the progress will reset. A good tactic would be to have three party members with the strongest AoE kite and tank all of the elementals to the door ahead of time. These kiters should wait until the lurers have attracted the oozes to attack the elementals - that way, the paths will be clear and the elementals occupied as the lurers start their paths and any elementals killed will respawn at the beginning of the paths which the oozes have already gone through.
During this fight, Slick will put pools of oil on the ground which damage and cripple players who stand in or walk through it. Also, for each pool of oil on the ground, the party will receive a stack of an uncleansable debuff, poison mist, that deals approximately damage per second, stacking in intensity. To reduce the stacks of poison mist affecting the party, the player with the pheromone effect will need to lure the ooze to the pools of oil. The ooze will absorb the oil, reducing the stacks of poison mist on the party.
The pheromone effect will be randomly given to a player for a short period of time and will then be applied, randomly, to another player.
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There is also a plant on the east side of the area that players can interact with to gain the pheromone effect. Sparki deals high fire damage and causes burning and she will periodically spin, throwing many fire projectiles in all directions. Sparki also ignites the pools of oil put down by Slick, doing more damage to players who stand in or walk through the pools. However, a burning pool of oil still contributes to the stacks of poison mist on the party, but can also be absorbed by the ooze.
Once one of the bosses is dead, the other will become enraged. Slick will produce two pools of oil at a time and Sparki will increase her damage output. Slick has more health than Sparki, while Sparki does more damage than Slick. However, the poison mist debuff can quickly overwhelm a party, especially if Slick becomes enraged. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he'll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.
But just as it seems the boys' dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn. Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers, hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies -Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf, must prove their worth once and for all.
This start of a thrilling new series is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with tons of humor and heart.
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And their recent heroism in defeating the evil that cast the elves from their home doesn't keep the Adventurers Guild in the Freestoners' good graces for long. Dangers have infiltrated the city again, killing over a dozen people. Brock finds himself in the frustrating position of being unable to utilize his underground contacts To come together in time to save their city, the young adventurers must learn to trust in each other and be willing to do whatever it takes to stop the destruction and tragedy of the Day of Dangers from happening again.
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