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Darkbeast Rebellion [Paperback]

Morgan Keyes

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (7 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442442093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442442092
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As The First One 2 Oct 2013
By Robert Thorbury - Published on Amazon.com
I was captivated by Morgan Keyes' original 2012 "Darkbeast" novel, and was very eager to read the follow-up, "Darkbeast Rebellion". It was all I'd hoped for.

If you haven't read "Darkbeast" yet, you certainly must. This will introduce you to the three key human characters in "Rebellion". There's Keara of Silver Hollow, the story's narrator, the twelve-year-old who flouts convention and runs away from her home village. There's Goran Trader, another twelve-year-old, as close to Keara as a brother. And there's Taggart Trader, Goran's maternal grandfather, like an adoptive father to Keara.

The three have one crucial thing in common: They have spared their darkbeasts, animal companions who have been mind-linked to them since the age of twelve days. According to the religious laws of the land of Duodecia, they should have sacrificed their animal friends on their twelfth birthday as a rite of passage to adulthood -- but, out of friendship and love, they could not bring themselves to do it.

(Keara's companion, a magnificent black raven named Caw, with an insatiable, "ravenous" appetite, is the fourth major protagonist, an important character in his own right.)

At the start of "Darkbeast Rebellion", the three humans and their companions are fleeing from the Inquisition in bitter cold, winter weather. Keara is so numb she is ready to lie down and die, while Taggart is developing a dangerous cough -- he is getting a bit too old for this kind of punishment. Goran, to encourage Keara, gives her a precious gift, a bracelet which once belonged to his mother. This plays an important role throughout the rest of the story.

The three humans are seeking a rumored place of refuge deep in the woods inhabited by Darkers, other rebels who have also spared their darkbeasts and are in hiding. Morgan's writing is so vivid that I found myself shivering -- never mind it was a lovely 80-degree day outside, and my room was getting a bit stuffy.

Our friends find their refuge early in the story, but right away Keara is worried: Caw senses that the telepathic bonds between their rescuers and their darkbeasts don't feel "right". Keara tries to warn her friends, but they don't see any problem. They fail to understand why she won't warm to the others.

Soon enough, things will get very, very interesting, in an alarming sort of way.

Some scenes get really intense. Surely, I kept thinking, in a book geared towards readers age 10 through 14, nothing really horrible will happen to our friends. Surely. But what if something does? I couldn't put the book down, wondering what would happen next.

One of the most important themes of this book, and its predecessor, is loyalty. First of all, there is the bond between human and darkbeast. This will prove to be a crucial test for a certain character later in the book. But then, there is loyalty between humans, strained by acts of betrayal on the part of others.

Keara will meet someone who appears to be an ally, but this time it's Taggart and Goran who don't trust him. And for good reason -- he's in a very good position to hurt them badly, should he so choose. But will he? Will Keara side with him against her friends? Will they ever find a place where they can be truly safe? Will they be allowed to stay?

Everything that was in the first novel is present in the second: Warm, believable protagonists, but also very believable villains. And that very vivid style of writing. While I could anticipate how the story would end, it still left me happy, and wanting more.

I do hope there will be a third book in this series.
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously Overpriced 3 May 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Ridiculously overpriced but if getting screwed by the publisher is the only way I can get my daughter to read, then I best get the lube ready.
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkbeast Rocks!!! 19 April 2014
By Christine A. Herbst - Published on Amazon.com
This is a funny and well-written tale of how a girl travels through life learning that she can always rely on her pet. In her life lessons, she also learns that not everyone can be trusted. Kearati finds that growing up is more difficult than she anticipated and she doesn't want to give up her only friend. The people who seem disengaged from society she finds are more like her than she expected. This heart-wrenching story will make you want to read the entire book from cover to cover and continue onto the next one in the series.

Written by Laura Herbst age 9
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!! 20 Dec 2013
By Crazy Fish - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is like the life blood of a library. A definite must read for all ages. Please read this because it`s awesome
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fabulous Book 17 Oct 2013
By Deborah Blake - Published on Amazon.com
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I read and loved the first book in this series, DARKBEAST. I was fascinated by the world the author created, which was so well drawn it seemed as real as ours. I loved meeting the young protagonist, Keara, and her darkbeast, the crow that was supposed to take all her sins for her. (And who had as much personality as any of the human characters.)

DARKBEAST REBELLION continues Keara's story as she flees with Caw and her new friend Goran and his grandfather Taggart, Travelers she met on the road after she ran away from her village, the only place she'd ever known. Keara and the others had refused to kill their darkbeasts on their 12th birthdays, and so were outlaws, running for their lives.

This new book is filled with action, mystery, unexpected friendships and even more unexpected betrayals. It is a fast and easy read, suitable for the most reluctant young reader while still satisfying the needs of an adult who just loves fantasy worlds, great characters, and an interesting story.

Highly recommended. (You'll also want to go back and read the first one, if you haven't done that yet.) Morgan Keyes is one to watch.
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