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Publisher's Summary

Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is - a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.
Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.
In The Calling, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of The Gathering clamoring for more.
©2012 KLA Fricke Inc. (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Etana on 06-08-12

Seems to be Setting up for a Great Finale

A week after finishing this book, I have to say, I still don't know what to make of it. This book was a marked departure from the first book. Where the first book felt like a normal teen story, complete with protective parents and high school relationship drama, The Calling is more of a survival story then anything else. I thought this book could have been a bit shorter - there was not as much intrigue or character development as the first installment, and was mostly a blow-by-blow action story.

With the main romantic character missing for most of the novel, I did not feel the same anticipation or thrill at watching Maya's relationships play out. For the most part, the way she interacted with the people around her (Daniel, Cory and Sam), did not change much. The small realizations that she did have were not major when it came to her character development as a whole. And by the end of the book, I felt like she was still the exact same person that she was at the beginning of the book - just a little more informed about the St. Clouds and Nasts. But, alas, as I have read Armstrong's other books, the information that was revealed about these organizations held little intrigue for me, as I was already familiar with them.

Overall, I did not think that this book was as strong as The Gathering, or the first trilogy of Dark Powers books. However, the end of this novel leaves me highly anticipating the third book, which I feel will be a lot stronger then this current novel. If you are a fan of the Dark Powers books, I would still recommend reading this one, despite the shortcomings, as I feel this novel is just a stepping stone towards what should be a great book!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Katie on 04-13-12

Good continuation of The Gathering

Any additional comments?

You get a lot of fill in information for questions developed in the first book but you don't get any real progression in the plot. Now that we know where they are going from here, I'm really interested in the conclusion. The narrator did a great job and the characters are endearing so the lack of progression doesn't detract from the book too much. It's simply the bridge between the first book and the conclusion and answers enough questions to keep you content.

This is not a series that you would enjoy piece-wise but is definitely a good continuation of the overall story.

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