Rise and Fall: First Impressions

I’ll admit, the first time I saw the title for this book, I thought of this song:

Unfortunately, there’s no singing in English or Russian in this installment of Spirit Animals. Instead, there’s a surprising reveal involving the Big Bad, the death of a major character that — let’s be honest — I totally saw coming, and a downer of an ending. So you got that to look forward to, which is nice.

I don’t have a lot to say about Eliot Schrefer, the author of this book (and Immortal Guardians, the first installment of Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts), mainly because I’ve never read any of his books. He did write a loose series of books involving humans and primates in Africa, which probably explains why he was tapped to write this part of the series. I’ve recently acquired the first of those books, Endangered, which I’ll get around to reading someday.

sa06Not much to say about the cover this time. It’s just Conor and Briggan sneaking up on a Godlike Lion. Now, Conor, I know that shepherd’s crook you have equipped probably has better stats than any of the axes in your inventory, but it probably isn’t an ideal weapon for fighting a lion. Just saying.

Things to look forward to in this book:

  • Events from the Spirit Animals game actually affecting the narrative!
  • This song!
  • Unusual bonded animals and abilities!
  • Major character deaths on both sides of the conflict!
  • The real Big Bad revealed!
  • An epic All Is Lost Moment!

Next time: Abeke and Meilin take a swim.


Tales of the Great Beasts: Ninani’s Nectar

Last time on Tales of the Great Beasts, the Greencloaks won the first global war, and four Godlike Animals were killed and later resurrected. But what happened immediately after the war? Find out after the cut.

No About the Author section today, since I’ve already discussed Billy Merrill for “Yin and Yu”. Instead, you get a link to the story itself, because I’m nice.



Tales of the Great Beasts: Fall of the Four

Last time on Tales of the Great Beasts, Briggan joined the Euran resistance and dubbed them the Greencloaks. Will our newly-named Designated Heroes win the global war? Find out after the cut.

About the Author:
I’m not bothering with an “About the Author” section here because Brandon Mull wrote this short story. If you read through my recap of Wild Born, you already know what I think of him.

CONTENT WARNING: Several characters die! But you probably figured that out from the title. Still, you’ve been warned.



Tales of the Great Beasts: The Packleader

Last time on Tales of the Great Beasts, Uraza begrudgingly allied with a band of not!African rebels determined to stop the Conqueror threat. Will they succeed? Find out after the cut.

About the Author:
I found next to nothing about Emily Seife, the author of this story. Goodreads only lists this anthology and a Hunger Games movie tie-in book on her profile.