The First (Endling #2)
To learn if she truly is the last dairne in the world—the endling—Byx and her friends must travel into the snow-covered mountains of the country of Dreyland, where they hope to uncover the truth behind the legend of a hidden dairne colony. But the threat of war across the lands continues to grow with each passing day.As the group confronts untold dangers at every turn, they will ultimately uncover a treacherous plot that involves the other powerful governing species. With both her dreams and all the creatures of Nedarra on the brink of extinction, Byx and her friends are determined to never give up hope.Soon they find themselves the unlikely leaders in a simmering rebellion that risks everything they hold dear. Byx may be the last of her kind, but will she also be the first to lead the revolution?

The First (Endling #2) Details

TitleThe First (Endling #2)
Author
ReleaseMay 7th, 2019
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139781443434317
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Adventure, Fiction

The First (Endling #2) Review

  • Skip
    January 1, 1970
    The continuing story of the intrepid team of Byx (the Dairne), Tobble (the Wobbyk), Khara Donati (human), Renzo (human thief), and Gambler (the Felivet) to find out if Byx is the last of her species as they seek Dairneholme, a mythical sentient island. Meanwhile, war is coming between species and Khara believes this is senseless, and wants her friends' help to avoid calamity. As they trek, they make new friends of an insect species (the Terramants), water creatures (the Natites), and Sabito Seve The continuing story of the intrepid team of Byx (the Dairne), Tobble (the Wobbyk), Khara Donati (human), Renzo (human thief), and Gambler (the Felivet) to find out if Byx is the last of her species as they seek Dairneholme, a mythical sentient island. Meanwhile, war is coming between species and Khara believes this is senseless, and wants her friends' help to avoid calamity. As they trek, they make new friends of an insect species (the Terramants), water creatures (the Natites), and Sabito Seventalon (the Riverhawk.) The team has to split up to pursue separate agendas, with Khara seeking to lead her clan and unite with age-old rivals, while Byx, Maxyn, and Sabito continue to search for dairnes. Applegate's imagination for creatures is great, and the camaraderie among her characters make this series memorable (think Lord of the Rings.)
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  • Corinne
    January 1, 1970
    I truly enjoyed Endling The Last. Frankly, I didn't expect to enjoy the second book in the series as much as the first - often the first book is the best. However, Applegate has another incredible book on her hands! I don't know how she does it but this book was simply enthralling. She's woven such a fascinating fantasy world with characters full of depth and complexity that I was on the edge of my seat, enthralled and dreading the ever nearing end of the novel. Her message of unity and connecte I truly enjoyed Endling The Last. Frankly, I didn't expect to enjoy the second book in the series as much as the first - often the first book is the best. However, Applegate has another incredible book on her hands! I don't know how she does it but this book was simply enthralling. She's woven such a fascinating fantasy world with characters full of depth and complexity that I was on the edge of my seat, enthralled and dreading the ever nearing end of the novel. Her message of unity and connectedness is powerful while the writing is vivid and brilliant. I found myself cheering characters on, recognizing and sympathizing with their foibles, and sorrowing for their losses. I expect it will resonate strongly with my fifth graders and I cannot wait to share it with them! This isn't even officially released yet but I'm eagerly awaiting the next book!
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  • Critter
    January 1, 1970
    While the group continues their search for Dairnes in Dreyland, they come across greater dangers than the ones they faced in Nedarra. As war brews between the two nations, they find themselves in the midst of a rebellion.I ended up loving the First even more than the Last. It was nearly impossible to put down as the excitement continued to build up. I was fully engrossed in this enchanting and beautiful world that Applegate has created. The world is so vibrant and full of life and the characters While the group continues their search for Dairnes in Dreyland, they come across greater dangers than the ones they faced in Nedarra. As war brews between the two nations, they find themselves in the midst of a rebellion.I ended up loving the First even more than the Last. It was nearly impossible to put down as the excitement continued to build up. I was fully engrossed in this enchanting and beautiful world that Applegate has created. The world is so vibrant and full of life and the characters were just as interesting. They all continued to develop throughout the novel. Byx had to learn to lead and trust in her own judgement and Tobble was able to show more of his unique abilities. Khara got to show more of her strength and her dedication to the future of Nedarra and her family. There was never a dull moment and I’m excited for the battles and adventures to come.I received an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    I just can’t be objective about a book WHEN I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. This series is SO full of charm. A must for a middle grade library!
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Anytime there is a book with a quest, I'm in. (I re-read The Hobbit once in a while!) Yes, I finished this one and now how long might be the wait for the next adventure for brave, growing-up and now adventurous Byx and her companions, humans Khara and Renzo, catlike felivet Gambler, and the small and mighty Tobble? They have continued their journey to find the traveling island of Tarok, hoping to find more dairnes, saving Byx from being the last one of her species. The plot expands into politica Anytime there is a book with a quest, I'm in. (I re-read The Hobbit once in a while!) Yes, I finished this one and now how long might be the wait for the next adventure for brave, growing-up and now adventurous Byx and her companions, humans Khara and Renzo, catlike felivet Gambler, and the small and mighty Tobble? They have continued their journey to find the traveling island of Tarok, hoping to find more dairnes, saving Byx from being the last one of her species. The plot expands into political strife and danger in the land with the reigning dictator, the Murdano, gearing up to fight the other vicious Kazar Sg’drit, enslaving species to build his army. Connections to today's political challenges including war, prejudices of 'other', and human trafficking may go unnoticed by children, but not by adult readers. Khara is rising as a leader in the coming war and her companions, including Byx, will face the battle with her. Now we must wait for number three! Katherine Applegate's imagined world in this series is extraordinary!
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  • Allegra
    January 1, 1970
    This book had many ups and downs for me in terms of the personality of the characters. I feel that the author focused more on making sure the plot was moving rather than developing some of the characters through showing instead of telling. Now don't get me wrong! The author did a wonderful time building up the plot and the characters' journey. I got lost in the creativity in which the protagonists would get out of sticky situations. I just wish I got to know the characters more through their dia This book had many ups and downs for me in terms of the personality of the characters. I feel that the author focused more on making sure the plot was moving rather than developing some of the characters through showing instead of telling. Now don't get me wrong! The author did a wonderful time building up the plot and the characters' journey. I got lost in the creativity in which the protagonists would get out of sticky situations. I just wish I got to know the characters more through their dialogue rather than someone stating what they are like. I do have to say that the characters and the plot really picked up towards the end of book. The end was incredibly optimistic though which was something I wasn't expecting. Not that it is bad! We all need a light in the darkness. It was a good read I would say.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    I just love these books!
  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    I love the Endling books. Byx is searching for more of her kind with friends she has made along her quest. In this second book of the series, the band of explorers learn that war between an evil human and a rogue felivet, both of whom want to control the world and render most other species either dead or enslaved, is immanent. Byx's band of heroes become part of the rebellion to stop the war. The characters in the Endling books are wonderful and remind us that all species are valuable in their o I love the Endling books. Byx is searching for more of her kind with friends she has made along her quest. In this second book of the series, the band of explorers learn that war between an evil human and a rogue felivet, both of whom want to control the world and render most other species either dead or enslaved, is immanent. Byx's band of heroes become part of the rebellion to stop the war. The characters in the Endling books are wonderful and remind us that all species are valuable in their own right. I also love the way in which Applegate respects and reveres all animals.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    I have to thank Byx and his friends for the 3 hours of sleep that I got the other night. When I finally shut off the light early in the morning, I couldn’t get Byx and his journey off my mind so I woke up early grabbed my book light and finished it. I only had to reread a small section of this book as I got confused with all the different character names and the different places but otherwise, I enjoyed it and I really enjoyed the relationships within it. I thought the novel ended with a small c I have to thank Byx and his friends for the 3 hours of sleep that I got the other night. When I finally shut off the light early in the morning, I couldn’t get Byx and his journey off my mind so I woke up early grabbed my book light and finished it. I only had to reread a small section of this book as I got confused with all the different character names and the different places but otherwise, I enjoyed it and I really enjoyed the relationships within it. I thought the novel ended with a small cliffhanger, so yes, I am anxiously awaiting until the next book comes out but I can’t find anything telling me when this is going to occur. I just hope I don’t cry when it does. This book begins exactly where book one left off at, as we have Byx and his friends out on their journey, searching for more dairnes. This book does a great job of setting up the novel, as it reintroduces the characters and the plot from the previous book. I would suggest reading book one as it will provide a more complete background on the story and will help set the tone but you can just read this book on its own and not be lost. As the group makes their way, they come upon Razorgulls (you have to love all the creative creatures that are in this series). This is just the first set of such creatures that the friends will have to deal with as they search for more of Byx’s kin. Coming upon a village, they realize that it is ran by natites. The travelers had hoped that they could cruise past this village but the natites aren’t letting them leave until they get what they want. Now it’s up to Byx and his friends to do exactly what the natites want so they can continue on. I enjoyed how each of them pulled for one another, they backed each other up and they wanted each other to succeed. Each of them, gives it their all, in everything that they do and they appreciate each other. They’re like a band of brothers. I am really enjoying this series and can’t wait for the next book.
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  • Jennifer Kelley
    January 1, 1970
    As good or better than the first in the series.
  • Peacegal
    January 1, 1970
    This series is truly something special. Wonderfully written, with multi-faceted characters, a magical world, and most of all, a big heart. I am so glad the second installment rose to the high bar set by the first. I really hope ENDLING gets more attention from young readers.
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  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    The Endling series is not a One and Only Ivan or a Wishtree with powerful and heartfelt emotion, but it is a great story full of new lands, people and creatures and when I finished this book 2, my first thought was, “I wonder when book 3 is coming out?” Byx, the dairne, was just a young pup in book one, full of fear of the future and sadness that she was likely the last of her species that physically resembles dogs but up on two legs, with high intelligence and a skill for discerning truth. She The Endling series is not a One and Only Ivan or a Wishtree with powerful and heartfelt emotion, but it is a great story full of new lands, people and creatures and when I finished this book 2, my first thought was, “I wonder when book 3 is coming out?” Byx, the dairne, was just a young pup in book one, full of fear of the future and sadness that she was likely the last of her species that physically resembles dogs but up on two legs, with high intelligence and a skill for discerning truth. She met up with a variety of humans and unusual creatures and set off on a quest to seek out others of her kind. Enemies sought them, befriended then betrayed them and brought us to book 2. Byx is becoming stronger and more confident and the foes of this mismatched crew are mounting. Well-developed characters: strong Khara, daughter of the leader of a powerful family and wielded of a magical sword; Renzo, skilled thief and self-appointed protector of Khama; Tobble, a big eared, big hearted rodent with a surprising ferocity; and, Gambler, a mighty cat whose own species is at risk of being wiped out. Applegate demonstrates such vivid imagination and great narrative skill as she weaves an unlikely tale of truly unique animals and makes them entirely believable...in some other unknown world. Readers of Redwall and possibly Erin Hunter’s books are possible candidates for this series, but truly, any middle grades lover of action adventure with sword-fighting, bows, and battles at sea are likely to enjoy this one. There is a touch of magic and with such imaginative animal characters, this book could also be promoted among 5th-8th grade fans of fantasy. No warning notes on content needed for this book and thanks, Edelweiss, for providing me with an advance read.
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  • Mark Buxton
    January 1, 1970
    My name is Khara, and I'm leading a doomed, pointless quest to help Byx find other dairnes. I'm not sure the expedition is truly futile, but I'm questioning my decisions. Sure, we've evaded Murdano's soldiers and survived an attack by one of his assassins, but traveling to Dreyland may be even more dangerous. The ruler here is more vicious than Murdano, as his forces prepare to invade Nedarra. I almost lost all hope when we were buried, destined to suffer slow, painful deaths. Byx and Tobble are My name is Khara, and I'm leading a doomed, pointless quest to help Byx find other dairnes. I'm not sure the expedition is truly futile, but I'm questioning my decisions. Sure, we've evaded Murdano's soldiers and survived an attack by one of his assassins, but traveling to Dreyland may be even more dangerous. The ruler here is more vicious than Murdano, as his forces prepare to invade Nedarra. I almost lost all hope when we were buried, destined to suffer slow, painful deaths. Byx and Tobble are heroes, and we've found the floating island. However, I've not told the others about my dream. I must return home and do everything within my power to protect the lands of Nedarra.You should read the Endling: The Last before reading this one. Byx was the main character, as he was the one everyone else rallied around. He was not the leader and even feared that role. Dairnes were able to detect lies in all other species, so they were invaluable allies (tools?) to others. Tobble was the most endearing character due to his small status, and all other species underestimated him. He was loyal to Byx and was the one character willing to ask the hard questions. He cared about all creatures and believed in the humane treatment of all. He expressed concern when Khara's plans conflicted with those views. The author saved some secrets about Khara that were revealed in the book. It's been clear since the beginning that she hasn't been totally open, but her past came to the forefront later in the plot. The group dynamics of the strange band of characters was the highlight of the book. Blending humans with timid creatures and a predator resulted in colorful, intriguing interactions. Overall, this is a great series, and I can highly recommend you give it a shot.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Actually more like 2.5 stars. Not as good as the first book. Still enjoyable, but missing the novelty of the first book, and replaced instead with lots of introspection about the nature of fear, courage, and leadership....and those parts read like a teacher's lecture. I didn't enjoy them, and doubt my students would.I'm also seriously bothered by the plot loophole that I shared after reading Book #1. So much hinges on the honesty of this species of animal--and their ability to detect lies in oth Actually more like 2.5 stars. Not as good as the first book. Still enjoyable, but missing the novelty of the first book, and replaced instead with lots of introspection about the nature of fear, courage, and leadership....and those parts read like a teacher's lecture. I didn't enjoy them, and doubt my students would.I'm also seriously bothered by the plot loophole that I shared after reading Book #1. So much hinges on the honesty of this species of animal--and their ability to detect lies in others--but the animals themselves are capable of lying and the main character does indeed lie to protect herself and her friends. I cannot imagine that no one else in this world has ever questioned this. It's like having an entire world founded on a belief that if you negotiate in front of a lie detector, you can be assured that the lie detector will keep everyone in the room honest.....but all along, the lie detector can itself give false information about whether others are lying. No one in this world doubts the lie detector species, and the lie detector species has, for the most part, remained honest....but they are not always honest.This book also touches on the nature of war, and when war is justified, and examines the idea of collateral damage. All interesting ideas that would be good for a classroom discussion, but like the whole fear/courage question, the voice rang false to me as I read these parts. I felt like I was reading a scripted lesson plan instead of a fantasy novel.There's still another book in this series, so I'm going to maintain my hope that some of these things get resolved in the next book.....but if they don't, I'm going to be pretty disappointed by the whole series.
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    These stories are really sweet. I just love Byx, Gambler, and Tobble. Sabito was a nice addition, and the story is heart wrenching. I want Byx to find a family and to save her race, I loved that we traveled to the other races, and the lead up to a war seems awesome.This book is great if the author would GET OUT OF HER OWN WAY. Her environmental messages and sex equality are laughable. Honest to goodness laughable. There was a stretch I wanted to put the book down it was so egregious.Kara whines These stories are really sweet. I just love Byx, Gambler, and Tobble. Sabito was a nice addition, and the story is heart wrenching. I want Byx to find a family and to save her race, I loved that we traveled to the other races, and the lead up to a war seems awesome.This book is great if the author would GET OUT OF HER OWN WAY. Her environmental messages and sex equality are laughable. Honest to goodness laughable. There was a stretch I wanted to put the book down it was so egregious.Kara whines and complains about not being taken seriously because she is a girl. Only to have her father completely accept her, love her, and encourage her leadership. The people instantly accept her leadership and are excited when she wins the challenge to her claim. If anything, she should be rejected because she has been gone for so long. A challenge to her leadership is natural, and she probably got off easy considering she embarrassed her cousin. This has nothing to do with feminism, and Kara comes off as weak and ineffective. Why is she constantly playing the victim card? She is a B.A. awesome character and the only thing holding her back, even in the world of the text, is her bad attitude. If that is Katherine Applegate's point, then she is a far better writer than I am giving her credit for.Gambler is super Over Powered. He can, and should, literally solve all of the problems.These stories are great, but she needs to tell the story; not try to make a point. Especially when the point counters what the story is portraying. Tell a great story and the message will tell itself.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    **SPOILERS**I was so happy with the story when I read the first book, I wasn't sure I was going to read the second. I am glad I did. This story is so good and the characters are so great, I can't wait for the next one. I think if you don't read the first, this second book can stand on it's own. It does give info on where the characters came from and the key points from the first part of the story so the reader isn't lost. And it just adds to the second book! The ending of this left us hanging in **SPOILERS**I was so happy with the story when I read the first book, I wasn't sure I was going to read the second. I am glad I did. This story is so good and the characters are so great, I can't wait for the next one. I think if you don't read the first, this second book can stand on it's own. It does give info on where the characters came from and the key points from the first part of the story so the reader isn't lost. And it just adds to the second book! The ending of this left us hanging in a big way! We find out much more about the characters in this book and care about them even more. Byx does end up finding more Dairnes but things are not as great as expected and not so simple as he thought they would be. His original goal was just to find more Dairnes. Now that he has found them, his goals have changed though with his loyalty pledge to Khara. There was a lot of action in this book too. I think everyone can relate to the characters, especially Byx. Aren't we all a little unsure of ourselves and how we would perform in certain situations? Aren't we all a little Wobbyk--fierce when pushed to protect and defend your self and/or friends? I think one thing about this series too, is that although you are in a made up land with strange names of species, countries, areas, etc, the author doesn't go overboard and try to make everything too far out. You understand what she is writing about even if the name she gives it is strange. Overall just a really great read and you end up wanting more. I highly recommend this book and series!
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the first book in this series so I was really excited to read this one.Maybe this is stupid of me (considering who the author is) but I guess I didn't realize this was going to be a long series. Now that I look it up, its labeled as "an epic middle grade animal fantasy series". I just felt like the books are too long and the plot is not that big to keep my attention for a whole big series. (Granted, I'm 34 - clearly not the target audience for this. Maybe for MG readers it's diffe I really liked the first book in this series so I was really excited to read this one.Maybe this is stupid of me (considering who the author is) but I guess I didn't realize this was going to be a long series. Now that I look it up, its labeled as "an epic middle grade animal fantasy series". I just felt like the books are too long and the plot is not that big to keep my attention for a whole big series. (Granted, I'm 34 - clearly not the target audience for this. Maybe for MG readers it's different?). Plot spoilers below. (view spoiler)[There are some other sideplots, but the MAIN goal seemed to be Byx finding other dairnes. That was the whole point of the first book. But when she first met Maxyn and his dad - other dairnes - it was super anticlimactic. And then when she finally met the huge dairne colony, it ALSO felt anticlimactic. IDK. I just felt like it was building up to this big thing (meeting dairnes) only to have that big thing happen but not actually be meant to be THE biggest thing, because the new big thing is Khara building an army, which tbh, I'm not as excited about. As much as I love Byx and Tobble, I'm not sure if I'll continue this series. I guess it kind of depends on how many books it is. If it's a trilogy, I'll definitely finish it, but if it's more than that, I might bow out. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    i don't read many fantasy series, i think only Narnia, Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold by Terry Brooks, Harry Potter and the first seven of Robt Jordan's Wheel of Time (volumes 5 - 7 had less going on in 700 pages than Mary Worth has in a week). This i'm really enjoying. This book answers most of the questions left over from the first volume and adds a lot more for the next couple books.Contrary to science fiction and fantasy rules the unnamed character mostly used to create death scenes to advance i don't read many fantasy series, i think only Narnia, Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold by Terry Brooks, Harry Potter and the first seven of Robt Jordan's Wheel of Time (volumes 5 - 7 had less going on in 700 pages than Mary Worth has in a week). This i'm really enjoying. This book answers most of the questions left over from the first volume and adds a lot more for the next couple books.Contrary to science fiction and fantasy rules the unnamed character mostly used to create death scenes to advance the plot, doesn't die. Dog is still around at the end of the book. He has no name, no speaking voice and is just a mutt and he makes it through the book. Applegate has given us no reason to care or even root for him, he isn't even as interesting as Robin or Bucky or Kato or even a kid sister but he survives. This is probably a spoiler, but he's just There, doesn't do anything except probably slobber and smell bad when wet and sniff things he shouldn't and lick places you wish he wouldn't, he just the dog. And i'm glad he's in the book, the only non-heroic character and the one i identify w/most.
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  • Alysha DeShaé
    January 1, 1970
    I had one issue with pacing in this book where I couldn't easily place how long it has been from one event to another, but it certainly wasn't enough of an issue to cause me to do anything but heap praise upon this book!!I loved it! It's as good as the first and now I'm so disappointed that I have to wait for the next one.The life lessons included here are wonderful. Even if an issue is complex, you are allowed to have feelings and questions. You can doubt and that is more than okay. Decisions c I had one issue with pacing in this book where I couldn't easily place how long it has been from one event to another, but it certainly wasn't enough of an issue to cause me to do anything but heap praise upon this book!!I loved it! It's as good as the first and now I'm so disappointed that I have to wait for the next one.The life lessons included here are wonderful. Even if an issue is complex, you are allowed to have feelings and questions. You can doubt and that is more than okay. Decisions can be very hard and there not be a definitely right or wrong option. Your decision may cause some harm but result in more overall good and you have to consider that. You should care for all creatures regardless of abilities and intelligence. You should consider the limitations of others when asking for their participation. The world is often a cruel place, but you can find the beauty and the good. There are bad people and bad things, but you shouldn't be one. You should strive to do good.If I had children of my own, we would be reading these together right now. Instead, I'm recommending them to everyone with or without kids and to my partner's children.
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  • Shella
    January 1, 1970
    I'm glad to find a series for my avid Warrior fans. I don't usually like fantasy books that are in a series or in this time setting. I was all prepared to not like this new series. I don't think Applegate can write anything less than 4 stars. I do think this is a trilogy for more advanced readers. There are many characters to keep track of as the story unfolds. Her writing is great for visualization and I used the map quite often. I wish there were some pencil illustration dispersed through-out I'm glad to find a series for my avid Warrior fans. I don't usually like fantasy books that are in a series or in this time setting. I was all prepared to not like this new series. I don't think Applegate can write anything less than 4 stars. I do think this is a trilogy for more advanced readers. There are many characters to keep track of as the story unfolds. Her writing is great for visualization and I used the map quite often. I wish there were some pencil illustration dispersed through-out the book. Great vocabulary, short chapters, with a fast moving plot make this a great series. I can't wait to book talk this one in the fall! There are some great resources on her website. Many thought provoking discussions to have as you read this book with your children or students: i.e. On pages 244-246.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book with the charm of the Redwall series and the Hobbit. It is an adventure story featuring novel creatures with interesting abilities in a well described setting. I enjoyed all of the new species and the parts they played. Byx, who is not a dog, is the main character, who may be the last of her kind. The quest is to see if there are any more dairnes out there. I will look forward to reading what happens next in #3.You don't have to read the first book to understand this one. I This is a great book with the charm of the Redwall series and the Hobbit. It is an adventure story featuring novel creatures with interesting abilities in a well described setting. I enjoyed all of the new species and the parts they played. Byx, who is not a dog, is the main character, who may be the last of her kind. The quest is to see if there are any more dairnes out there. I will look forward to reading what happens next in #3.You don't have to read the first book to understand this one. I would like to read that one, too, but I haven't yet. I would recommend this to any reader from the middle grades up. It is clean with no language or sexual situations to discourage anyone from recommending it to a student/child.(I received this in a goodreads giveaway.)
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Applegate continues the story of our favorite Endling, Byx, in her quest to find the other dairnes. The travelling companions are all back and the threat of war with the Murdano is ever closer. Applegate sticks to a pretty simple formula in that the group, in full, or sometimes in part, have to confront an obstacle, then once past it, have to confront another. Where the book really shines is in the character development and the descriptive language. If only all children's adventure stories were Applegate continues the story of our favorite Endling, Byx, in her quest to find the other dairnes. The travelling companions are all back and the threat of war with the Murdano is ever closer. Applegate sticks to a pretty simple formula in that the group, in full, or sometimes in part, have to confront an obstacle, then once past it, have to confront another. Where the book really shines is in the character development and the descriptive language. If only all children's adventure stories were written with this much heart and this much confidence that kids will keep up with your writing--no need to dumb it down. It's clear that the Endling series has more volumes to go, and I look forward to them. Review from e-galley.
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  • Polly Barse Fleming
    January 1, 1970
    The style of writing used in The First (Endling #2) reminds me of Narnia series meets Percy Jackson. The characters and imagery come to life in this book. Every chapter in this books leaves you wondering what will happen next, if the characters will be able to escape the predicament they have found themselves in, and if they will be able to survive. I enjoyed the cleverness of the characters, suspense, and visualization in the writing style. This book is a challenging read due to the names of th The style of writing used in The First (Endling #2) reminds me of Narnia series meets Percy Jackson. The characters and imagery come to life in this book. Every chapter in this books leaves you wondering what will happen next, if the characters will be able to escape the predicament they have found themselves in, and if they will be able to survive. I enjoyed the cleverness of the characters, suspense, and visualization in the writing style. This book is a challenging read due to the names of the characters, places, and objects, but worth the struggle for someone who does not typically read this type of book.
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  • Sandy Brehl
    January 1, 1970
    I was very eager to read this next installment in the Endling series, and I was not disappointed. Within a few lines each of the memorable chapters sprang back to life in my mind and heart. The various characters are deeply developed and growing throughout the series, in ways that the most human young readers can recognize, even when the character is a dairn or Tobble or a war-leading female human. The relationships, emotions, dreams, and fears of each member of this patchwork family are richly I was very eager to read this next installment in the Endling series, and I was not disappointed. Within a few lines each of the memorable chapters sprang back to life in my mind and heart. The various characters are deeply developed and growing throughout the series, in ways that the most human young readers can recognize, even when the character is a dairn or Tobble or a war-leading female human. The relationships, emotions, dreams, and fears of each member of this patchwork family are richly portrayed and woven into some very dramatic adventures. Now, to wait for the final book.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    The friends continue the quest to learn if Byx is the last of her species. They make discoveries about themselves and their world along the way. Applegate includes adventures and some deaths (though not graphically described). The plot flows together and offers a realistic look at a world on the brink of war. Their hope to stop the war is only through creating an army of their own to stop two countries from achieving world dominion. The irony and the reality is acknowledged by the author and the The friends continue the quest to learn if Byx is the last of her species. They make discoveries about themselves and their world along the way. Applegate includes adventures and some deaths (though not graphically described). The plot flows together and offers a realistic look at a world on the brink of war. Their hope to stop the war is only through creating an army of their own to stop two countries from achieving world dominion. The irony and the reality is acknowledged by the author and the characters.Looking forward to the next book.
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  • Jenna (Bookiemoji)
    January 1, 1970
    This series just keeps getting better and better! I even exclaimed out loud to both my husband and daughter that it is perhaps the best fantasy novel I have ever read in the middle grade age bracket.The series reads for older middle grade readers, closer to 12 than to 8, although mature younger readers may still enjoy (understand) the friendships, moral grey areas, politics and battles. A perfect fantasy read for fans of the Warriors series, with similar stakes and hardships. *DEATH SPOILER* Fai This series just keeps getting better and better! I even exclaimed out loud to both my husband and daughter that it is perhaps the best fantasy novel I have ever read in the middle grade age bracket.The series reads for older middle grade readers, closer to 12 than to 8, although mature younger readers may still enjoy (understand) the friendships, moral grey areas, politics and battles. A perfect fantasy read for fans of the Warriors series, with similar stakes and hardships. *DEATH SPOILER* Fair warning to horse fans, not all horses make it to the end unscathed.
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  • Bridget Neace
    January 1, 1970
    To be honest, I didn't like this one as much as the first (in fact, I will admit to skimming a few chapters), but it was still an interesting read. It seems like there is going to be *at least* one more book in Byx's story, but I honestly don't know if I'll read it--I may just be content to (view spoiler)[ leave the characters where they are, on that hopeful note (hide spoiler)]...or, you never know, maybe if the ridiculous towers on my bedside table ever decrease to a reasonable number, I'll re To be honest, I didn't like this one as much as the first (in fact, I will admit to skimming a few chapters), but it was still an interesting read. It seems like there is going to be *at least* one more book in Byx's story, but I honestly don't know if I'll read it--I may just be content to (view spoiler)[ leave the characters where they are, on that hopeful note (hide spoiler)]...or, you never know, maybe if the ridiculous towers on my bedside table ever decrease to a reasonable number, I'll return to Nedarra; I guess time will tell!
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  • Krazylars
    January 1, 1970
    This is a Goodreads Giveaway book. Generally, I enjoy fantasy books. However, I’m giving this book 3 stars for effort. It did not grab me and pull me in to want to read it. As the author described the abilities of the characters more than having a dialog amongst the characters. Considering this is the second book of the fantasy series, the reader should be aware of the characters abilities from the first book.
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  • Kyrsten Newlon
    January 1, 1970
    Receiving this ARC in the mail was such a delight, as was reading it. The thrill of adventure in this story is enough to carry the book, but what I really enjoyed about it was the character arc of Byx. Her journey to courage in the face of fear is incredible to watch unfold, and each new step of these adventures leads me to anticipation of what comes next.
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  • Josh Needham
    January 1, 1970
    This is the perfect follow up to the first Endling book! Even more character development for all of your favorites as their adventure continues, but prepare yourself for an emotional ride.I found myslef cheering aloud and brought to tears for all the right reasons. I cannot recommend this series enough!
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