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Broken Ground: Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Solid storytelling, intensity in spin-off series sequel.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Got a lot darker than the other books

We have been reading the first series and the first half of this series with enjoyment, but I am nervous about continuing as the last half hour or so of the book deliberately focused on the "bad guy" torturing others to coerce his victims. It is one thing to have a bad guy doing this, but another to go into graphic detail. Book is scary but OK up until then. Difficult as it is in the middle of the series so we don't know whether we will continue.

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Kudos to this many-author, many-book spin-off series for staying well-written, fresh, and exciting. Given the factors of a busy website and games and the nature of spin-off series in general, some expected BROKEN GROUND to be only average. In fact, much of the main Spirit Animals series leaned more toward average than riveting. But readers who make it through will be rewarded with Fall of the Beasts.

It's hard to believe author Victoria Schwab (The Archived and The Unbound) is writing about this world for the first time. She captures the main characters well, showing both their strengths and fears. The addition of red-caped, masked fighters adds a welcome layer of mystery. Depending on what kind of reader you are, the ending is either exasperating or thrilling: Things get worse for the characters, never better, and nothing is resolved. But both kinds of readers will doubtless be clamoring for the next in the series. Keep the good authors coming.

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