Thursday, January 20, 2011
The Shapeshifter: Running The Risk - Ali Sparkes
Running The Risk
By: Ali Sparkes
My rating: Wonderful
We loved Finding The Fox so much that we wanted to listen to the rest of the series. Imagine my dismay to discover our entire library network didn't have the audiobooks or the print versions of any of the rest available! We were so fascinated by the series that I decided to do something I rarely do, I bought them! I am so glad I did, this was a wonderful book and the kids begged me to keep reading every time I tried to stop!
Dax Jones has become quite accustomed to his shape-shifting ability, many times finding the freedom of being a fox preferable to his clumsier human form. Despite an unfortunate close call, he is very happy at Tregarren College and has developed into a fine young man, or fox as the case may be. However when stunning changes take place in Gideon's world, Dax fears he is losing his best friend. To make it worse, there seems to be something wrong with all of the Colas and Dax is determined to uncover the truth. In the end, what he discovers is far worse than he ever imagined, and could in fact be the end of Cola Club forever. Dax knows he is the only one who can rescue his classmates from a terrible evil but what can one small fox do against such power? Dax has to discover the secrets locked inside himself before he can hope to help the others.
We absolutely loved this book just as much as the first one! Ali's smooth writing style and excellent skills for writing dialog made this a pleasure to read! She also builds the action slowly but unrelentingly until it reaches an intense climax. When I threatened to stop reading for the evening with the final chapter to go, even my wife protested! We had to let the kids go to bed a little late so as to be able to find out what was going to happen!
Overall, this is a wonderful book in a wonderful series! We love these so much that we have decided it would be a crime to let our library network continue without them so we are going to donate them when we finish them so others can enjoy them as well! My only regret is my inability to do a good British accent while reading! Don't hesitate to get these if you can and read them to your kids....or to yourself even! :)