I received this book for free from Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wild Born by Brandon Mull
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Published by Scholastic Press Pages: 224
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Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts - a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children - and the world - have been changed for ever. Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers ...and on you.
Wild Born is the first book in the Spirit Animal series and each book is written by a different author. This one is written by Brandon Mull and is the first book of his I have read.
The land of Erdas is on the brink of war and four young people are about to get their spirit animals. The animals they summons will change their lives forever because they summon the “Four Fallen”. These are the great spirit animals that fell during the last big war brought on by the devourers.
Conor, a Shepard boy who was given as a slave to pay debt. He summons Briggan, the great wolf. Meilin, the generals daughter. She summons Jhi, the great panda. Rollan, an orphan boy. He summons Essix the great falcon. Abeke, a hunter looking to help her village. She summons Uraza the great Leopard. Three of them are whisked away by the greencloaks. The greencloaks are the warriors of Erdas. One of them is grabbed by the enemy before the greencloaks could get her.
This book is mainly the set up for the future books in the series as we get a look into what is happening and how the greencloaks need these young warriors to help them fight the war that is starting. Zhong is already under seize (were Meilin is from) and they don’t have as much time as they would like to train up these young warriors. Conor and Meilin are quick to join the greencloaks but Rollan is not. He will go with them and fight but he is not sure that becoming a greencloak is what he wants to do with his life.
To fight the devourers they need to find the talismans of the great beast. Conor, has visions of Arax, the great ram. They begin their adventure by traveling to find Arax and the first talisman. Most of the action in this book is at the very end, but like I said I think this one had to do a little world building so it didn’t have as much action in it as I am sure the rest will. (or hope.)
The fun thing about these books as they ask for the young readers help. You can go online and pick out your own spirit animal and play games, etc. Each book comes with a code to unlock your game play. I really think that young readers of fantasy and adventures will enjoy reading this series. I can’t wait to start in on Spirit Animals: Hunted!