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Dragon Bones

Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
Series: The Unwanteds Quests, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond Artimé in the second novel in the New York Times best-selling sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter".

The Artiméans have suffered some devastating blows.

After years of peace, the recent daring adventure of twins Thisbe and Fifer Stowe have brought about dire consequences. Thisbe has been captured, Fifer is injured, and Sky is lost at sea. The twins’ older brother, Alex, head mage of Artimé, is paralyzed with fear of losing anyone else he loves. Fifer must convince him to finally trust her to help in the battle ahead now that their true enemy has been revealed.

©2018 Lisa McMann (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • Melissa
  • Robertsbridge, United Kingdom
  • 28-02-19

Should Never Have Been Written

The original Unwanted Series was a really fantastic example of young fantasy fiction, but this spin-off series should honestly never have been written. I thought the first one was lacklustre, and don’t get me started on the character assassination of Alex Stowe - but this one has essentially ruined the original series for me.

Thisbe and Fifer have none of the complexity of their older brothers, and have very little except their hair length to tell them apart - they’re just cardboard-cutouts that are miraculously able to do spells that everyone else, even their brothers, took months to learn. Seth might as well be a rock with a face painted on him (oh wait, the rock with a face on it was actually a more interesting character), and Dev is just thoroughly unlikeable. Lisa McMann has committed one of the ultimate sins, IMO, and forced her players out of character in order to facilitate the plot she wants to write. She is not letting the characters breathe and move on their own. And it seems all her previous characters are being thrown under the bus just to “create” a story for Thisbe and Fifer.

I was still listening in hopes of a turnaround, but the ending to this book has torn it. These are supposedly suitable for 8-10 year olds, but in my opinion killing off the lead of the previous series is not suitable for kids. At all. I might think differently in some circumstances, but this smacks of repetition because she’s run out of ideas.

“The Unwanteds” - the original seven books - were really quite exceptional, and should be left that way. If you’ve yet to read them, and want to, do yourself a favour and leave off the series at “The Island of Dragons”. That was the proper end for this story. This is just money-spinning for the sake of it, with nothing of worth left to say.

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  • LostTxn
  • 11-11-19

Amazing!

Thank you a million times! I love how you write and then make it in to a audiobook. Thank you Lisa McMann and Fiona Hardingham I am amazed at your talent! Thank you again!

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  • Alene L. Wesner
  • 29-10-19

Spoiler Alert. Don't read B4 "reading" the book.

I am so distraught at the mage's death. It was such a meaningless death. A coma maybe, but not deceased. I'll read the rest of the series, but I don't know if I can get over this one. It was bad enough when when the first one was killed... but this one is just too much!!! I loved most of the book until then. I have to admit that I am not sure now if I will finish the series. We'll just have to wait and see. 😟😢😥😡😠

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-18

Great story!

It was a great story, very exciting! However Fiona Hardingham I did not think was the best narrator. Simber's voice was definitely not correct. Otherwise a delightful listen!

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  • LocoStar
  • 23-11-18

My goodness.

I have been waiting to hear this book and it did not fail to meet my expectations. I was a bit heart broken at the folding events as I have come to love the characters in this series. Not going to give it away, but my heart was wrenched with last few words at the end. What now...can’t wait to read the next one. Great job, Lisa, great job indeed.

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  • Ashley Wintters
  • 28-07-18

Great Continuation of the Story

This is a wonderfully heartbreaking book. It starts where the first DragonQuest book leaves off. The girls are separated and Skye is gone. Alex is determined to get Thisbe back while keeping Fifer safely tucked away in Artime. I'm still not used to the voices this narrator does but I do enjoy the story.

Each of the twins is growing and changing. They aren't together 24/7 anymore so they are having to learn to survive without each other. It was a truly good story that made me happy and sad. I wasn't sure I wanted to listen to more right after the story was done but now I am looking forward to seeing what happens next.

It was a 5/5. I cannot wait for us to listen to the next book.

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  • Thomas Mason
  • 04-06-18

You are the best at the books

I love this book so much you should make it a movie. I hope you do.