en-Bravelands 5: Spirit- eaters - Erin Hunter review


True evil has come to Bravelands... Only hope will drive it out...

As the new Great Father, the young baboon, Thorn, hopes to guide Bravelands to peace after a period of great turmoil. But a pack of rogue wolves lurks among the Great Herd, committing acts so evil they threaten to shatter that peace before it's even begun.

The animals of the Great Herd must once again unite to defend their home against those who would watch it burn.

I've been waiting for a while to finally read the 5th one in the Bravelands series. So I could not wait to read it once it came in the mail.

This is no doubt, at least for me, the best one so far in the series. The tension is driven to a whole new level. The different story lines from: Sky, Fearless and Thorn, each tell a different story that along the way come together and become 1 storyline. They each got more interesting than the previous books (again just my opinion) and even the level of drama reaches a whole new level. There weren't any 'dead-moments' (unnecessary scenes that made it kind of boring) which made it easy to read and I had it finished in no time. It's fun to read and it keeps us interested until the very end.

The character that spoke to me the most was 'Sky' the elephant. Throughout the book she doubted a lot of things in her life, but she always kept her faith and always did what she thought was right. She even doubted her friend Thorn who claimed to be the new Great Father. She stays loyal to him and tries her best to see beyond her doubts and helps him where she can. They go along on a journey to secure Bravelands from the new threat that found its way to Bravelands. Sky is a strong character and fights for the right things in her life. That's what I admired about her character.

The character that kind of bothered me was Fearless. The lion cares a little bit too much about himself and he doesn't care for the other lions around him. He treats his pack as slaves, and he finds it only natural that they obey him without hesitation. He's blinded by hate and only thinks about taking revenge on the evil lion Titan. This drives him into madness. He sees himself as a full-grown lion who can easily beat Titan, but at the same time he is always pouting and playing the role of a victim.

What I appreciate so much about these books is that they lean close to the 'real' wildlife. Not al the ghost and spirit kind of things, but the aspect that not all animals can live together in harmony. They sometimes must kill each other in order to survive. The book does describe it this way and I think it's the best way to not disguise this. Because that's just how wildlife works, they kill in order to survive and to feed themselves. It's also kind of detailed in the description of an animal corpse. I kind of liked it like that, because for me this made the difference between a children's book or a young adult book.

  • Author: Erin Hunter
  • Genre: Young Adult
  • Themes: Wildlife, danger, threat, ...
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Date of appearance: 3/02/2020
  • Number of pages: 336 Pages
  • ISBN- Code: 978-0062642189
  • Price: $ 7.99 (e-book: $ 10.81)
  • Rating: * * * *