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Blood Ties (Spirit Animals #3) by Garth Nix

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Things finally get real for the team when Meilin’s home is under attack by the Conquerors. Her behaviour is consistent with her past behaviour and she sneaks off to go on her own mission; to save her home and father. She’s stubborn and thick headed, though I understand her need to help her home, her plan is stupid. Surely going with her team with have been more successful than one fighter, even if she’s a skilled warrior. Naturally, her team are very upset that she’s run away and they struggle with their desire to help their friend while continuing with their missions.

This was a very emotional instalment and it was great to see the series has such depth to its characters and world. There was a scene between Meilin and her father that had me tearing up. I still think Jhi, Meilin’s spirit animal, is too good for her but after this story I hope Meilin will grow to deserve her. Their relationship is the most turbulent I think. Sure, in the beginning, the others struggled with their particular animals, especially Connor since he was a shepherd that became bonded with a wolf, but the others have managed to compromise and understand their partners. Meilin, however, continues to boss around Jhi like a servant.

As always with this series, I was highly entertained and can’t wait to read the next one! I give it 4/5.

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