Against the Tide: First Impressions

And now things finally start to get interesting.

Seriously, everything in this series improves significantly after this book. Against the Tide starts to break the series’ predictable patterns. No more tutorial levels! More character development! Epic backstory reveals for the Designated Villains! The real Big Bads actually doing horrible things! Our Protagonists fighting among each other while they try to figure out who the mole is!

Hopefully, I’ll be back to business as usual, happily recapping the book and poking fun at it as I go along.

This installment is by Tui T. Sutherland, author of the Wings of Fire series. I started reading it recently, and it is, hands down, one of my favorite kid-lit series. Go check it out.

Animals5 Cover_comp.inddThis cover seems promising. We got Abeke and Uraza stalking a shark in a jungle. I don’t remember if they actually fight sharks in this book, though. But hey, I’d look forward to recapping that battle.

What to look forward to in this book:

  • Adventures with the not!Maori in not!Polynesia / not!New Zealand!
  • Some revelations about the first global war!
  • That Epic Spoiler that we accidentally spoiled in the comments a few months ago!
  • Another Little Miss Only Appearing in This Book!
  • Another McGuffin!

Next time: Two Godlike Animals converse about stuff.

New Spirit Animals Short Story Collection!

I’m never going to be done recapping Spirit Animals, am I?

The Spirit Animals wiki has an entry up for a new collection of short stories, titled Tales of the Fallen Beasts. Presumably this will be like the previous collection, Tales of the Great Beasts, but about the Great Beasts who didn’t get a short story about them.

So the recap schedule looks like this now:

  • The last two chapters of Fire and Ice (sorry I haven’t posted them yet! I’ve been busy!)
  • Against the Tide
  • Tales of the Great Beasts
  • “Ninani’s Nectar” (the online-only short story)
  • Rise and Fall
  • “Venom” (or, The Book of Shane, part 1)
  • “Vendetta” (or, The Book of Shane, part 2)
  • The Evertree
  • “Vengeance” (or, The Book of Shane, part 3)
  • Immortal Guardians (Fall of the Beasts, book 1)
  • Any new material that pops up in the collected edition of The Book of Shane (depends on what’s added)
  • Broken Ground (Fall of the Beasts, book 2)
  • Tales of the Fallen Beasts
  • last two (at least) Fall of the Beasts books

I didn’t expect this recap to rival the Avalon: Web of Magic recap in length. Argh.