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Twelve-year-old Keara runs away rather than sacrifice Caw, the darkbeast she has been bound to all her life, and, pursued by the Inquisitors who would punish her for heresy, she joins a performing troupe of Travelers.
Publisher: New York :, Margaret K. McElderry Books,, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781442442054
Branch Call Number: J FIC KEYE
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 22 cm


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GCPL_Teen Jul 26, 2017

I loved the idea of a talking animal companion and the fight to keep such a companion. I loved a lot of things about this book. My problem, however, was with the heroine. Keara is not the brightest and that bothered me a lot at certain points in the book. However, it does not ruin the book completely and I had to remind myself that she is still rather young.

This book may not be the best for older teens, but I think younger teens who love talking animals in stories (like I do) will enjoy this book tremendously.

Mar 15, 2017

DARKBEAST is told in the first person point of view about a twelve-year-old girl who bucks the local religious system and sets out to find herself. The world intrigued me, the premise pulled me in, and I cared about the main character. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now to find the second book in the series. :)

Apr 14, 2016

A fresh idea that has the reader captured from the very beginning. A story about a girl not wanting to give up her one companion to show she is ready to be a teenager. I love the idea of a beast being children's help mate in life. Talking animals, magic and a girl on a quest to find herself. Great for fans of "The Land of Eloyn" series.

FindingJane Dec 17, 2015

What a joy it is to find an idea that is truly original! Ms. Keyes brings us into a theocractic world, one filled with people doing worship to any of 12 different gods, each with its own signature animal. The notion of children likewise receiving a beast during infancy—not a familiar, nothing so easily definable as that—is welcome in its freshness. She also gives us a girl protagonist, the rebellious Keara, who defies tradition out of love and, in true heroic fashion, sets out from familiar pastures into the unknown. Keara’s life is mostly happy but like any small child she’s willful and restless. Is it any wonder that she runs away to join the circus?

Okay, it’s not the circus per se but close enough. Her life becomes fraught with danger from religious despots who bare the menacing title of Inquisitors. Keara’s plight, her inner thoughts, her conversations with her darkbeast, the ever-hungry Caw, give her an immediacy and clarity that attract the reader into her world.

And what a world it is. The landscapes are utterly convincing. The various places seem so well written that you almost expect to find them on the map. This is the start to a novel series, one that had me briskly turning the pages and asking that phrase every storyteller longs to hear: What happens next?


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