Wild Born


Brandon Mull

Scholastic

Spirit Animals bk 1

wild-bornISBN: 9781742839974

RRP: $6.50

Age: 9+

Key Words: Animals, Fantasy

Published: 1st Oct 2013

Reviewer: Kylie Calwell

When a child turns 11 they are tested to see if they have the ability to bond with a Spirit Animal. It is a special gift that gives great powers to both. Some people come from long lines of bonded others are never expected to have the ability. Still all are tested. Things are unsettled throughout the land though and from four different corners four children summon the most unheard of animals. Wolf, leopard, panda and falcon. There is a reason no-one summons these creatures, for they are creatures from legend. Now though things have changed as Connor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollan each find themselves bonded to a great beast.

It soon becomes apparent that these four are key to the great battle that is drawing upon them, they will all have a part to play as the fate of Erdas has fallen on their shoulders, however unprepared they are for it.

A great adventure story. The four central characters are very different and this makes for an interesting dynamic. They are very distinctive characters who have different backgrounds that influence them, different cultures they come from and different motivations that drive them. The story itself is interesting, a great threat, the return of creatures of legend whose power isn’t what it once was because they are so young again. The world created by Mull is detailed, the races distinctive and easy to visualise as they are drawn from that which many would find familiar. There is much growth needed in the following books and it will be interesting to see where it goes. A fun concept, a battle of good and evil, a wonderful (hopefully) adventure in the process.

A thoroughly enjoyable read.

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