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The Resource Darkness hidden, Zoel Marriott

Darkness hidden, Zoel Marriott

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Darkness hidden
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Darkness hidden
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Zoel Marriott
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Language
eng
Summary
When the Underworld spawns a supernatural plague that sweeps through London, Mio must use her family's ancient mystical sword to save the world from the forces of evil
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Review
  • Grades 7-10 Fresh off their victory against the Nekomata in The Name of the Blade (2014), Mio and her best friend Jack join sister Rachel and ancient Japanese warrior Shinobu to get some rest—until Jack is attacked by hideous Shikome, birdlike monsters who infect their prey. Mio appeals to the Kitsune for help, but they risk everything outside the spirit realms should they tangle with such power. Amidst the chaos, Mio has three great realizations: Rachel’s wound from the Nekomata might turn her into a threat, the voice of the magical katana is insisting that Mio pursue its own agenda, and her growing love with Shinobu is reciprocated. An exceptional pick for myth-loving readers looking to move on to more mature fare. -- Howerton, Erin Downey (Reviewed 11-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 5)
  • Gr 5 Up — When readers first met Mio Yamato in The Name of the Blade (Candlewick, 2014), she was learning about her unique heritage, mastering the katana somehow bound to her (as well as Shinobu, the compelling boy who emerges from inside it), and protecting her friends from legions of monsters from Japanese myth. After that adventure, she has little time to catch her breath before this sequel begins. Mio and her friends are home, but things are not well: hordes of creatures called Foul Women are descending on the town, a terrifying figure called the Harbinger has arrived for the katan, Mio's friend Rachel is recovering badly from her encounter with the legendary Nekomata, and the more the protagonist learns about the katana and her heritage, the more she is convinced things will not work out well for her. It doesn't help that she's developing feelings for Shinobu despite his own history and link to the katana. Much like the previous volume, this entry is well paced and exciting and offers a look into Japanese mythology hard to find elsewhere. The story here is not distinct from that of the first book, as the plot picks up from where it left off and unfolds in much the same way. As a result, this sequel cannot be read without the first. VERDICT While not a dramatic stand-alone title, this solid and gripping work will keep readers interested in what's to come.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City --Heather Talty (Reviewed October 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 10, p104)
  • The Underworld makes another bid for control of Mio's mystical sword. In this sequel to The Name of the Blade (2014), Mio and her friends are still celebrating their defeat of the Nekomata with their allies in the Kitsune Kingdom when they are attacked again. This time their enemy's tools are the Shikome, the "Foul Women," whose feathers carry a deadly contagion. The gang is ill-prepared to handle the Shikome since they are still coping with the fallout from their first adventure. Mio's connection with her dangerous katana is growing ever more seductive and powerful, while Rachel is discovering that her abduction by the Nekomata has left her terribly changed. Select third-person passages from other characters' perspectives are interspersed throughout Mio's first-person narration, and they emphasize how completely the Shikome plague overwhelms London. The too-tidy ending consequently feels like a cop-out, despite the setup provided for the inevitable third book in the series. Nonetheless, the intense fight scenes and doomed romance will still appeal to many readers, especially if they're inclined to appreciate Marriott's obvious manga influences and willing to overlook generally shallow characterization. At least one major plot twist will immediately remind savvy fans of a similar storyline in Tite Kubo's Bleach. Save this action-packed but derivative adventure for die-hard shonen manga buffs. (Urban fantasy. 13-16)(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10459683
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1982-
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Marriott, Zoë
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
730L
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Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 12
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True
Series statement
Name of the blade
Series volume
book two
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  • Swords
  • Plague
  • Good and evil
  • Mythology, Japanese
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Darkness hidden, Zoel Marriott
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1448604
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9780763669584
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763669584
  • (OCoLC)927437988
Label
Darkness hidden, Zoel Marriott
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1448604
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9780763669584
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763669584
  • (OCoLC)927437988

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