Publisher's Note:  

The adventure continues in this fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series.

Strange things are happening at the frozen edge of the world. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have crisscrossed Erdas in their quest to stop the ruthless Conquerors. Only the four of them, supported by the gifts of their legendary spirit animals, have the power to defeat an evil takeover.

While chasing down a lead in the cold North, the heroes arrive at a quiet village where not everything is as it seems. Rooting the truth out of this deceptively beautiful place won't be easy-and the team is already out of time.

The Conquerors are right behind them.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic

Spirit Animals Book 4: Fire and Ice

by Shannon Hale

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Overall Review:  

In Fire and Ice, Shannon Hale continues the Spirit Animals saga begun by Brandon Mull, and she does a tremendous job.  All the authors have done fantastically with this storyline, but I especially enjoyed Hale's narrative style.  The transition from each character's point of view, though mostly focused on Rollan, is smooth and easy to follow.  Hale brings her vivid imagery and excellent character insight to the story, intensifying the whole even as the plot itself intensifies.  The plight of the Greencloak troupe is strongly felt--the villains more wicked, the battles more intense, the characters and their emotions more real.  The burgeoning bond between troupe members as well as with their spirit animals is so strongly conveyed that the reader delightfully feels a part of it.  The description of the trek across the ice and the encounter with the great polar bear is so vivid one can almost feel the cold, the despair, the fear and the awe that the characters experience.  Even trying to skim it a second time, I found myself caught again in the narrative and fully immersed until the end. 

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Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Giant snake eats a human, controls the mind of another and sends her to her death off a cliff; characters scuffle; one character runs at another with a knife, is beaten; 2 characters engage in hand combat, no serious injuries; verbal threats; one character punched in the face, nose bleeding; character kicked in the face; character knocked to the ground by chunk of ice fleeing an animal; seal-hunting; fleeing an animal, character's leg injured; battle violence--character rammed in stomach, character knocked over, character held in strangle-hold, character punched in face, character bit by dog, character knocked over with a head injury; character bitten by giant animal and thrown; character shot and falls from roof; spirit animal killed; character's shoulder embedded with a knife, kicked in the face and punched in the head; character shot in the thigh with an arrow; character knocked into a wall; A character is burned to ash, others caught on fire; character attacked by his mother against her will, she asks to be killed; a character almost drowns.


Sex/Nudity:  Two incidences of hand holding.

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Battle violence, death, child abandonment.

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Reviewed By Kristen
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