A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Darkbeast Rebellion, which picks up right where Darkbeast left off, is a fast-paced, exciting fantasy sequel with little worrisome content. Less prominent than in Darkbeast, the ritual slaying of companion animals still figures in the story. There's one mention of ale at an imagined celebration. Violence remains infrequent and mild -- both Keara and an adult character suffer whippings, but there's no detailed description.
What's the story?
Picking up where Darkbeast left off, Morgan Keys' DARKBEAST REBELLION finds heroine Keara, 12, on the run, hoping to hide out with a shadowy group called the Darkers. Soon, she has to learn whether the people she finds are who they seem to be, all the while trying to earn a place in the group. Along the way, the Inquisitors capture and imprison her. Unexpected hope comes from the kingdom's heir apparent, but can Keara trust him?
Is it any good?
DARKBEAST REBELLION seamlessly picks up Darkbeast heroine Keara's adventures in Morgan Keyes' richly imagined, fully realized world, with equally compelling new characters and locations. The plot moves at a good pace, keeping up tension and suspense throughout, and the story comes to a satisfying resolution.
Keara is more mature thanks to her experiences, but it's still easy for kids to relate as she struggles to know who her friends really are and how she fits into her world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why so many books have sequels. Could Keara's story have been told in one book? How might it have been different if it were?
Do you think the Darkers' practice of voting on important issues and following the will of the majority is a fair way to make community decisions? Do you know of societies that handle this differently?
Did you ever have a complete change in the way you felt about someone or something (as happens with one of the characters here)? What made you see things differently?
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