Review! Immortal Guardians by Eliot Schrefer

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By Eliot Schrefer
Series: Spirit Animals
Spin-off Series: Fall of the Beasts
Book Number: 1
192 pages – ages 9+
Published by Scholastic on August 11th, 2015

Synopsis- In Erdas, having a spirit animal is uncommon. It was even more so when four children, – Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan – summoned the four fallen Great Beasts of Erdas. But now more children are summoning the other Great Beasts – and getting them stolen! A man has found a way to alter the spirit animal bonds, and to steal animals and force them as his own. It seems the entire world is at stake, and there are only a few who can stop him. Will they be able to save Erdas?

What I Thought- This was an amazing first book for a new series! Mr. Schrefer brings you up to speed without spoiling much of the other books from the original story line. Mr. Schrefer’s writing style really played a huge part in setting up the new series, as he was descriptive enough to vividly create a setting and to give a realistic aspect to the characters and their spirit animals. I like how it keeps the older characters – and gives them a fuller background – but also brings newer characters into the series. You really feel for the characters almost immediately – one is shunned from his tribe, another’s city is destroyed, and one is bonded to one of the worst possible Great Beasts. The story is a fun one that has a great villain and a lot of mystique. The story is actually pretty gloomy, but has a lot of humor to even it out. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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16 replies

  1. Sounds like a lot of life lessons and a thrilling read. Great review, Erik

  2. Gloomy and funny. Interesting combination.

  3. Sounds like a great series! Will add it to my list. Great review, Erik!

  4. I hadn’t heard of this book but it should definitely appeal to kids who love animal series like Guardians of Ga’hoole and Warriors.

  5. Are the spirit animals good or evil? When I first started reading your review I thought of the
    Golden Compass. Great review,Erik!

    • The spirit animals are generally good, but it all depends on who they are bonded with. They also have their own personalities, so they have a choice. In the book, a man is using some parasite to bend the animals to his will, and take away they uniqueness.
      Thanks! 🙂

  6. I agree with Patricia about the plot being reminiscent of The Golden Compass. However, the North American First Nation believed in spirit animals as guides. Many of the African cultures do also. It is an ancient belief, so great to see it being brought alive for other cultures.

  7. You had me at the cover! Humorous gloom sounds intriguing.

  8. I didn’t get to read the first Spirit Animals series yet- but heard great things about it. Awesome to know that this series is great as well and that it doesn’t ruin the first series if you pick this one up by accident (meaning instead of starting with the first series). 🙂

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