Darkness Hidden: The Name of the Blade, Book Two

Darkness Hidden: The Name of the Blade, Book Two

by Zoe Marriott

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Overview

Zoë Marriott’s inventive, Japanese-inflected urban fantasy raises the stakes in a sweeping second installment.

Against all odds, Mio has defeated the evil Nekomata and seen her love, Shinobu, restored to life. But in the wake of the battle, Mio’s unsettling connection to the katana—an ancient sword her family has been compelled to guard for generations—has grown more frightening. And now the Underworld has sent the Shikome—foul women whose feathers carry death—to spread a supernatural plague through London. With her best friend in the hospital, Shinobu’s very existence at risk, and the city in chaos, Mio realizes there is no way she can keep everyone she loves alive. What terrible sacrifice must she make to save the world?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763669584
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Series: The Name of the Blade Series , #2
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Zoë Marriott is the author of the young adult fantasy novels The Swan Kingdom, Daughter of the Flames, and Shadows on the Moon, as well as the first book in the Name of the Blade trilogy. She lives in England.

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Darkness Hidden: The Name of the Blade, Book Two 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Darkness Hidden is the second book in the Japanese fantasy series by Zoe Marriott called the Name of the Blade. Darkness Hidden takes place in modern day London. This book is a bit of a challenging, dramatic read. I would mostly recommend it to teenagers, since some of the language is a bit old for young children. You need to pay attention to what’s happening, lest you miss something important. This series is written in first person point of view, with the main character being Mio Yamato, a stubborn, loving teenager with more problems than other kids her age. Jack, Mio’s sarcastic, strong best friend, is also a main character. I found Jack very relatable, since she acted a lot like a normal teenager. Mio, however, was a bit more sacrificing than most teenagers. Although, Mio still was my favorite character. It’s hard not to like her. Shinobu is a mysterious guy, who in the first book, appeared out of nowhere and seemingly only a select few can see him. Rachel, Jack’s bossy older sister, also has an important role in the story. In the first book, Mio steals a sword from the attic of her house for her Christmas party costume. Instantly after she takes it, weird things start happening. Power surges, odd hallucinations, Mio thought she was going crazy. That is, until she finds out that the sword is more powerful than she could ever imagine. In the second book, Mio faces an entirely new problem. People are getting sick, an abnormal disease that gives them a spider web like rash. Then Mio hears about a powerful man who lives almost right next to her. Coincidence? Mio didn’t think so. When Jack catches this plague and Rachel starts…changing, Mio knows she has to do something, or no one would make it out of this alive. Will Mio destroy the plague or will she lose everything, including the very world she lives in? Find out in the second book of the Name of the Blade series, Darkness Hidden. Review by Stephanie, age 12, Cleveland Area Mensa