Spirit Animals: Book 4: Fire and Ice Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-22 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 164 user ratings

"Title: Fire and Ice - Spirit Animals Book 4
Author: Shannon Hale
Published: 6-24-14
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 193
Genre: Children's Fiction
Sub Genre: Action & Adventure; Fantasy & Magic; Animals
ISBN: 9780545522465
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
My Rating: 5 Stars

Conner, Meilin, Abeke and Rollan, continue to travel the different lands of Erdas searching for the four talismans of the Four Fallen Beast (Briggan the Wolf, Uraza the Leopard, Jhi the Panda, and Essix the Falcon). They were the most powerful beings of their time who sacrificed everything to save Erdas from an evil King. It is believed that with the four talismans they will have the magical power to defeat the Conquerors.

In book four the Greencloaks travel to the frozen arctic lands, in search of Suka, the polar bear talisman. They travel and meet some new people, both good and bad. The problem is telling them apart. Jhi and Meilin show signs of a budding romance. Abeke does not fare well in this frozen land. Rollan makes a wondrous find only to have its loss bring him pain and uncertainty in who he can trust. There is a lot of action in this story done at a fast pace to keep readers involved. Please remember this is not a stand-alone book and should be read in order so that the reader does not become lost and confused by the events referred to in the book.

This book is another great addition to the series and I look forward to book 5, Against The Tide. My rating is 5 out of stars.

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"The Spirit Animals Series, by Brandon Mull, is a book about four kids who bonded with rare and powerful animals on their thirteenth birthday. The twist is that these animals are the animals that died trying to protect the earth hundreds of years ago….now they are back. On this Earth every person bonds with an animal that connects with their spirit, but there are ten Great Beasts who watch over all of the humans and their spirit animals. The four kids (Connor, Meilin, Abeke, and Rollan) bond with the four fallen great beasts. They end up meeting together and fighting off the Conquerors throughout the seven book series in order to save the world, and stop the leader of the Conquerors from taking over the world with his Bile (a poison used to kill people and their Spirit Animals). The kids travel the globe searching for the Great Beasts attempting to retrieve their pendants so that the Conqueror cannot make a doomsday device that would enhance the Bile and kill every spirit bond on Earth. Throughout the series the kids bound immensely with their spirit animals and use these powerful bonds to their advantage. This is a series about adventure, friendship, and sadness. Throughout the book the characters struggle with being destined for greatness because of their pasts. Rollan is an orphan, Abeke's family are poor farmers, Connor's family are Shepards, but he is a slave because of debt, and Meilin's dad is head General, always at war fighting for his country. All of the kids struggle with who they are and how they will be able to amount to such greatness until their mentor says. I would rate this series a 10/10 because of the nonstop action throughout each installment. I would recommend this book to anyone from grades 7 and up because it is filled with action to mature scenes for anyone under grade seven and its emotion is also to advance for younger minds to comprehend. I loved this book and I wish that the series never ended." said.

" 4.5 stars. This series just keep getting better and in this book it got real. Now I'm excited for the rest of the series. " said.

" Good book for a kids book. Stuff actually happens. There s actual conflict to care about. Really great series for when you need a break from harder reads " said.

" Very good and you will get chills while reading Fire and Ice " said.

"I don't know what to feel about this book. Where should I start? There are so many things that I want to talk about, and I just don't know if I'll have enough room to do that. Maybe? I don't know.

This book was quite the roller-coaster ride for me. At first, I was thinking that I wouldn't like the book as much as I did the other installments of the series.

But I guess I shouldn't really have expected that from Shannon Hale. Although I haven't read Princess Academy or The Storybook of Legends, or any book by Shannon Hale, I've seen nothing but overflowing, non-stopping praise for the former. Everyone loves Princess Academy, so I had high expectations for this book.

I'm not exactly sure where to begin. Maybe I should start at the beginning?

The biggest issue I had about this book was the subtle not-subtle romance. Not really between Conor and Abeke, although I do feel an implied sense with them, but more or less with Rollan and Meilin. Here, see for yourself.

He smiled that Rollan smile that she was coming to know so well. At first he'd just been some orphan boy to her. And now here she was standing before him, an orphan herself -- mother dead birthing her, father killed by the Devourer -- homeless, nowhere to return to, just trying to survive. More like him than she'd ever imagined possible. His brown eyes were warm, his brown skin speckled with dirt from the road, his broad face comfortingly familiar. Inside the great void of despair that had filled her since her father's death, she felt a pinprick of hope.

And then Rollan reached out and took her hand. His fingers were warm.

Meilin had never been so aware of the beating of her heart.

Um, no thank you?

And also this:

Surely he meant all of them -- the group. But when Rollan said "us", she heard "you and me." Rollan and Meilin. The thought startled her heart.

Uh, Meilin, what happened to that tough facade of yours?

Here, have this while you're at it:

Meilin wondered if through all that thick fur, their touch felt much like holding Rollan's gloved hand. She realized she was still holding his hand and dropped it, suddenly embarrassed.

Er, Meilin, we need to sit down for a chat. Clearly you're being possessed or something.

Okay, so that's that huge rant about the implied romance. But seriously, this kids are what, twelve? Let's not, Hale. Pretty please?

But anyway, Meilin always had a tough facade. What happened to that? Is it because her dad died? But just because her dad died doesn't give her a reason to like Rollan. Also, she's smiling a lot more. What the hell happened to Hunted, where Rollan was literally keeping score of the number of times he made Meilin smiled?

Um, so, what else?

I liked Rollan's development in this book. Guys, he actually is capable of producing tears! You can stop those rushes to the doctor now.

Aidana and Rollan's relationship also almost made me cry. It's no surprise that he can't hold it in too.

And is it just me or has Meilin turned into a typical YA girl capable of melting down every single minute?

Rollan and Meilin still stand as my two favorite characters, but honestly, there's no need to pair them up. Besides, their ship name(s) sucks. Rollin? Meilan? Meirol? Rolmei? Holy ship this pairing needs to get their names checked.

Anyway, enough about that.

The plot was good. But for gods' sake can we please get a plot twist in here? Thanks. I'd like that. It'd be vv appreciated.

I also think Tarik is the person who's leaking to the Conquerors, because a) he's the only consistent member of the quests that we haven't seen a POV out of and b) he's obviously the traitor here. I mean, come on, you four! Don't you know that the older mentor-like person is always the traitor?

The writing was humorous, and while I didn't enjoy the beginning as much as I did, say, Blood Ties, it was still a pretty strong installment of the series.


My review of Wild Born
My review of Hunted
My review of Blood Ties


" I love how Shannon Hale wrote this book. I love her other books and I love this one. This series is great on representation, character development, and much more. " said.

" 29 November 2015: $3.25 on Kindle " said.

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