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.
Under a gauzy awning that protected them from the sun, from the teeming insects of the jungle all around the canal, and from prying eyes. Briggan sat next to Conor. The blue-eyed wolf watched the jungle riverbank with suspicion, while Uraza lay sprawled half across Abeke’s lap and half across a bale of some kind of spice, one of many piled high on the barge’s deck. Essix, of course, was somewhere aloft. “I’ll be happy to get off this boat, though,” added Abeke. “I have been too much on.
Into it and she lifted him up near her face to see him better in the twilight. He was entirely white, but did not have an albino’s red eyes. His eyes were deep, and very knowing. “I used to think only the big, fierce spirit animals were any good,” Meilin confessed, carefully setting Zap back down. He jumped over to Jhi and sat near her front paw, like some small retainer sitting before the empress. “Big, small, doesn’t matter,” said Xue. “It’s a spirit animal! Not a simple animal. True.
Climbed at least two thousand feet. There was still no sign the path would eventually lift them out of the crack between the cliffs. At least the air had become a little less warm and humid, a welcome change after the steam of the jungle. Finally the path began to widen out, or rather the cliffs on either side drew back. The rhinos spread out to march in pairs, side by side, and then four abreast, and finally all eight rhinos extended out into a line. At that point, the cliff walls on.
Elephant was standing above them, making everything below seem small. With thundering steps, it shifted position so its fierce eyes could look down on the Greencloaks from above. Tusks that were easily twelve yards long and looked very sharp swayed from side to side, hissing through the air. “What do I have to do to be left alone?!” roared Dinesh the Elephant. MEILIIN WAS THE FIRST TO FIND HER VOICE. ROLLAN’S THROAT was closed tight, not just by the dust Dinesh’s appearance had.
Everyone again, most particularly Abeke. Then it looked up and growled at her. “Smagish doesn’t like you,” growled the guard. “You smell funny.” “I just played with a kitten,” she said quickly. “I wanted to buy it, but Mosten wouldn’t let me. Said we had to spend our silvers on something useful.” “Silvers?” asked the guard. “You got money?” “Of course,” said Tarik. “They wanted five silvers for the kitten, which is robbery.” “Vagrants with no money wandering around is robbery.