Review

Review: Hunted by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Fantasy Age Level: Middle Grade Series: Spirit Animals #1 Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure Age Level: Middle Grade Series: Spirit Animals #2
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Age Level: Middle Grade
Series: Spirit Animals #2

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

In the world of Erdas, only a rare few are able to summon a spirit animal in the way Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have. The bond they share with their animals is a partnership that allows them to access more-than-human abilities.

But what if there was another way to create a spirit animal–to force the bond, giving the human partner total control? And what if someone with selfish intentions was offered this gift . . . with a catch?

The four young heroes have barely had time to come together as a team, and their own spirit animal bonds are still greatly untested. But now they face a brutal confrontation against an enemy who will break any rule to defeat them.

3/5

Hunted was not quite as good as Wild Born. The tone of the story was a lot more childish and simplistic, lacking the darker undertones present in the first book. Even the battle scenes are a lot tamer. This got on my nerves a bit as I hate it when the narration makes characters dumber than they should be and makes a darker concept into something black and white.  Overall though, the story was enjoyable and fun.

I love Stiefvater’s characterization, and she definitely developed the characters and delved into their pasts. The dialogue was really good too. I especially enjoyed Rollan’s sarcastic humour and the hint of romance between him and Meilin.  I just wish the spirit animals had played a slightly larger role and that their personalities had developed a little more as well. The animals are on the verge of being accessories, not characters of their own like in Wild Born.

I liked the direction the story took and enjoyed the new elements added to the tale. It’s quite fascinating to see how different authors have completely different takes on the same idea. Each write to their strengths pulling up a different area of the story. I hope that the next book is more in line with the first though I wouldn’t mind if it was different either!

The first book in the Spirit Animals series:

Wild Born by Brandon Mull

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!

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