Blood Ties (Spirit Animals, Book 3)
Garth Nix, Sean Williams
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The adventure continues in this third book in the New York Times bestselling series.
Erdas is a land of balance. A rare link, the spirit animal bond, bridges the human and animal worlds. Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan each have this gift-and the grave responsibility that comes with it.
But the Conquerors are trying to destroy this balance. They're swallowing whole cities in their rush for power-including Meilin's home. Fed up with waiting and ready to fight, Meilin has set off into enemy territory with her spirit animal, a panda named Jhi. Her friends aren't far behind... but they're not the only ones.
The enemy is everywhere.
ground next to her. It was a very human gesture, and it reminded Meilin of her father, when he wanted her to sit next to him and receive some wisdom. What she wouldn’t have given to see him now. “I haven’t got time to sit down!” she rasped. “Come on!” It really didn’t matter what path she took now, Meilin thought. She was totally lost. What was important now was speed. She had to get out of the Maze before she died of starvation and thirst. She set off at a loping run, sure that this
your name was?” “Meilin, daughter of General Teng.” The two soldiers exchanged a horrified look, and the corporal on the ground groaned. “Who is in charge here?” asked Meilin. The soldiers braced to attention. The corporal staggered up, but only in order to bow low before her. “The exalted general,” blurted the clever soldier. “General who?” she asked, telling herself not to hope. “Teng, of course. Your father.” Relief ripped through Meilin. He had escaped from
patiently. “You’ll need all your skills when we go after the next talisman.” “What is the next talisman?” said Abeke. “We don’t know where another one is.” “And even if we get it,” said Rollan, “Conor will probably just give it to the Conquerors anyway!” “Enough of that!” said Tarik. “I am sure there will be news of one of the other Great Beasts when we get back to Greenhaven. Lenori will have found one for sure.” “I am sorry,” said Conor, hating the way Rollan wouldn’t meet his
making an astonishingly swift and acrobatic descent to the ground. There, she searched anxiously among the vines for the Granite Ram, her heart pounding. If she’d lost it . . . that would be the second talisman gone. Conor at least had a reason to give away the Iron Boar. Just losing a talisman out of carelessness would be much worse. . . . Then she saw the glint of the chain, draped across one of the fallen gourds. She put a hand to her throat and breathed again. Gathering up the Granite
sensation uncomfortable. She never blushed, and there was no reason to blush now. Was there? Jhi bent down to Rollan again, and Meilin strode off into the jungle. ABEKE ALMOST MADE IT. SHE FELL SLIGHTLY SHORT AND landed on the very edge of the thorn trees, crashing through them to tumble onto the path near Conor, one sleeve already bloody from where the thorns had ripped through her coat and shirt, and the skin beneath. Conor rushed to her side, but Uraza was even faster. The