8 Rivers of Shadow
8 Rivers of Shadow
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Annotation: In a high-stakes sequel, reluctant necromancer Luke Manchett must call upon the most wicked and eerie ghosts of his dispelled Host to save two innocent souls.
Catalog Number: #5906451
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 358 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-9457-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-9457-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016943759
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Just as Luke (13 Days of Midnight) begins to believe things are back to normal, "exchange student" Ash reveals herself to be the daughter of a rival necromancer who was murdered by a demon on Luke's father's command. The previous volume riffed on the Faustian bargain; here Hunt seamlessly incorporates elements of Greek mythology to deepen his world-building.
Kirkus Reviews
This sequel to Thirteen Days of Midnight (2015) follows Luke Manchett, who inherited a Host of powerful ghosts from his father and can't seem to get out of the necromancy business.Luke thinks he has rid himself of his father's unwanted baggage, but when a new exchange student, Californian Ashley, shows up in his school in northeast England, he learns that she is also a necromancer. She wants to use his magical and highly dangerous Book of Eight to save her twin sister from certain death in the world of spirits. Luke enlists the reluctant aid of his girlfriend, Elza, but learns soon enough that Ashley hasn't told him the entire truth. He winds up traveling into the spirit world to right the wrongs that Ashley has committed, but he faces challenges. To fight the Widow, conjured by Ashley, he must summon the leader of his Host, the devious Shepherd, and bind him yet again. With his loyal dog, Ham, he and the Shepherd embark on an epic journey to the Shrouded Lake. Along the way Luke is tested over and over, and he fears that he may have another meeting with the Devil himself. Hunt writes nicely effective horror, balancing the normal teen lives of his characters (most presumably white) against their supernatural adventures. As in the previous book, Luke's time spent inhabiting Ham's mind is a highlight.Whopping good suspense in the netherworld. (Horror. 12-18)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up Luke Manchett assumed that his paranormal problems ended when he banished his father's Host of spirits a few months ago. And aside from some strange dreams and a nagging worry over a deal he made with the devil, Luke is right. That is, until an American girl named Ash shows up in his math class, claiming to be an exchange student, and Luke subsequently passes out at the front of the room. Ash quickly pulls Luke and his girlfriend Elza back into the world of the dead, but Luke won't have Elza's help for long. Without her, he must summon one of the more fearsome members of his previously liberated Host and return to a place he hoped to avoid for years to come: Deadside. As dark and witty as the first work in the series, this sequel is a perfect follow-up to 13 Days of Midnight . Once again, grim and clever Elza is a foil for humorous and rash Luke; newcomer Ash is ambiguous in word and action, and she swiftly creates a rift between the couple. The characterization of the teens, combined with a quick pace and a betrayal- and revenge-driven plot, speeds the work along to a satisfying if somewhat sad conclusion. But a few unresolved loose ends will leave readers sincerely hoping for another installment. VERDICT Those already familiar with Luke, Elza, and the spirits of the banished Host will not be disappointed in this new adventure. Maggie Mason Smith, Clemson University, SC
Voice of Youth Advocates
Having controlled a host of spirits, read from the Book of 8, and used his necromancer father's sigil for magic, Luke can only play at being a normal teen. Judged and despised by classmates, Luke's life is filled with his girlfriend, Elza, a witch, and his dog, Ham. Unable to fully escape effects from the first novel 13 Days of Midnight (Candlewick, 2015), Luke and Elza make a tenuous alliance with the daughter of another powerful sorcerer (Magnus Ahlgren), Ash. The trio needs to collect a nonpareil, or spirit pearl, that could save a life ruined by a demon. In return, Ash will help Luke rid his mind of the magic circles leaching into his dreams; dreams that mean Luke will go mad.Steeped in the macabre, 8 Rivers of Shadow pulls from a variety of dark lore and myth to create mystical horror backdrop. The complexity of the rules governing Luke and Ash's actions are undermined by the lack of power behind the action scenes tying the plot together. Additionally, the living characters do not project a measure of humanity to inspire empathy beyond basic annoyance. In contrast, demons and spirits, like The Shepherd, The Widow, and The Fury, are easy to visualize and sympathize with despite their various circumstances. The overall experience fails to be grim or epic, despite ancient and inspired influences.Laura Perenic.
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Word Count: 79,070
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 197335 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.4 / points:19.0 / quiz:Q73217
Lexile: HL720L
Guided Reading Level: P

"Whopping good suspense in the netherworld."—Kirkus Reviews

It’s been a few months since Luke Manchett inherited a Host of eight hostile spirits from his dead father and made a deal with the devil to banish them. Luke’s doing his best to blend in to the background of high school and to enjoy the one good thing to come from the whole mess: his girlfriend, Elza. And then it all begins again. A strange new girl requests his help—and his Book of Eight—to save her twin sister, who was attacked by a demon. She knows a lot more about necromancy than Luke and seems to know what she’s doing, but can she be trusted? As Luke is drawn in to a spiral of ever more dangerous favors, he finds himself not only summoning the deadliest members of his father’s Host, but returning to Deadside in a terrifying quest to save what he holds dearest—or die trying.

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