Sun Warrior
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Series: Tales of a New World Vol. 2   

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Annotation: After Thaddeus' betrayal, Mari, an Earth Walker, and Nik, a Companion, fight to save their people--and each other--from destruction.
Catalog Number: #149560
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: vii, 563 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-10075-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99403-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-10075-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99403-4
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Once sworn enemies, Nik and Mari are now bonded, which would be trouble enough given their different origins. Nik belongs to the Tribe of the Trees and must assume the role of Sun Priest after his father is murdered trying to protect Mari, whose father was a member of the Tribe but whose mother, Leda, was Moon Woman (leader and healer) of the Earth Walkers. For years, Tribe members have enslaved Earth Walkers, but Mari, now Moon Woman herself, has freed them. A raging fire decimates the Tribe, illness strikes the Earth Walkers, and both clans are threatened by the Skin Stealers. The human-animal link of Tribe members with their canines gets a feline counterpart in kindly Antreas and his lynx, Bast. While it won't stand alone in the Tales of a New World series mplex backstories for all three clans will limit readership st knows how to snag readers of Moon Chosen (2016) in with plenty of action, gore, and romance. Broadly drawn archetypal characters and clearly stated divisions of good and evil create a comfortingly predictable plot, pulled forward by nonstop action.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A trumpeted six-figure marketing campaign should help turn that 250,000 first printing into a second printing.
Kirkus Reviews
The second in the Tales of a New World series picks up only hours after Moon Chosen (2016) left off.With fire still ravaging the City in the Trees, 23-year-old Nik and 18-year-old Mari, along with a band of wounded canine and human companions, reluctantly agree to flee to the home of Mari's Earth Walker clan to heal and regroup. What they didn't expect was that more than their superficial cuts and burns would be mended. Despite centuries of prejudice, hatred, and fear that make it difficult for the two clans to trust one another, they quickly find strength in their differences and vow to unite and build a better, new world together, with Nik and Mari as their guides. Unfortunately, others, namely the leader of the Skin Stealers, have a much darker and more dangerous vision for the future. Though at times a bit heavy-handed, Nik and Mari's aspiration to build a community founded on the principle of inclusion is both noble and refreshing. The members of this new clan explore their differences and feelings gently and respectfully, and readers will likely enjoy the hints of new romances budding between characters. This bears an unsettling and disturbingly sharp contrast to the Skin Stealer world, which some may find difficult to stomach, particularly with regard to the sexual violence visited on the eyeless, 16-year-old Dove. Though Nik and Mari are pale-skinned, racial categories do not seem to exist in this world.Another hefty tome for Cast's fans. (Fiction. 14-adult)
School Library Journal
Gr 10 UpMari, Moon Woman to her Earth Clan, and Nik, now the Sun Priest of the Tree Tribes, have joined forces after devastating disease and catastrophic fire decimate Nik's home. Meanwhile, in the city of the Skin Stealers, Dead Eye is possessed and ultimately overthrown by the purely evil God of Death, while Dead Eye's blind lover, Dove, plots her escape. In this massive tome, Cast loses much of the forward momentum of Moon Chosen, while doing little to add to the world-building she started so successfully in the previous volume. The Earth Walkers spend more than 250 pages deciding if they're willing to accept members of the Tribes into their new Pack, and that they like dogs (in fact, all the dog kissing gets to be just a bit cloying); the only actionaside from Nik and Mari'sis on the side of the bad guys, and even that is thin. However, fans of the first book will probably be willing to forgive all that just to see how the romance turns out. Not a stand-alone, the novel's sexual content, graphic language, and scenes of rape render it more appropriate for and older audience. VERDICT Buy only where the first volume is popular.Elizabeth Friend, Wester Middle School, TX
Voice of Youth Advocates
Eighteen-year-old Mari is the Moon Chosen healer of the first book and the Sun Warrior who can call down sunfire in this colossal sequel. She is also an anomaly in this world of rivals due to her deceased parents. Her mother was an Earth Walker, a moon worshiper living in underground burrows, while her father was a Companion, a sun worshiper and member of Nik’s tribe who live in the City in the Trees. Both groups are threatened by Skin Stealers, whose newly resurrected god—Death—plans to lead his people out of their poisoned city to attack the neighbors. As the son of the murdered leader of the Companions, Nik should be the new Sun Priest. Instead, Nik chooses Mari. The two become the catalyst for the Pride, a new group with members from all three warring factions, since the blind Skin Stealer princess, who serves the same goddess as the Earth Walkers, has fled Death’s advances and thrown in her lot with them. Joined as well by a feline warrior and his lynx companion, the group decides to leave the battle behind and take the river to a new home on the plains, land of the Wind Riders and their horse companions. Fascinating post-apocalyptic settings, intriguing characters, and plenty of battles will entice and capture readers from beginning to end. This story begins at the point of book one’s cliffhanger ending, literally, and catches readers up on what happened before as the story rushes forward and then ends in another cliffhanger, leaving readers needing more. Libraries should stock up on this title, particularly if the first book was a hit with readers.—Bonnie Kunzel.
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Word Count: 168,316
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 26.0 / quiz: 193877 / grade: Upper Grades

The second book in the new series from #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Cast. The battle lines have been drawn and Mari, an Earth Walker and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.

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