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Battle for Cascadia: The Second Book of The Gaia Wars

by Kenneth G. Bennett

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I won this book and the first book, The Gaia Wars in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway in order to give an honest review.

In general for the series:

The main character, Warren and his friends maybe 13 but that doesn't mean this series is just for kids. I thoroughly enjoyed these books and highly recommend this series to everyone from tweens to adults of all ages.

This is a mash up of genres with fantasy/sci-fi/adventure/action elements with suspense, true friendship, bullies, coming of age and a first crush. The mix isn't sluggish or choppy, it flows naturally encompassing everyone and everything in its path. The suspense in the first book is trying to figure out who is who and who to trust while in the second book it's all about wondering what is going to happen next. Sure, there's things that can be easily guessed at and expected but really while reading I was completely caught up in the story. It doesn't matter to me if others found the plot to be formulaic or unsurprising. The reason why such tracts become popular and standard is because when done well it's a great ride. That's exactly what we have here. The combination of Gaia hypothesis, Native American myths, and the alien contact is certainly different than anything I've read, even if it doesn't turn genres on its head completely. It is just done so very well and I was thoroughly entertained.

I loved the writing and the style. I could easily imagine everything and really become fully immersed in the book. The descriptions of nature alone are awe inspiring. The covers and title fronts are beautiful and it really gets across the feel of the book. It's tightly wound around the characters, the setting, the few days, these events take place going into detail and doesn't wander off course. It's an easy, quick read that just doesn't let you put it down til the last page.
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To review Battle for Cascadia by itself is tricky. It has all the great elements from the first book with a few new tantalizing toppings. It's hard since there's not much to say about this book that wouldn't be a spoiler of some sort. It picks right up from the end of The Gaia Wars and just keeps the break-neck pace up through to the end. It's all action. It answers a few of the questions from book one and heaps more to pile as well.

If you've been hooked in by The Gaia Wars then reviews won't make a difference since you're going to need to find out how the story continues regardless. Just get a copy and read it! You won't be disappointed.

If you hadn't been hooked in by The Gaia Wars and are wondering if you should give this book a shot....well, I don't know what to say. I can't imagine that happening personally. This book is definitely the twin of its predecessor. Both books could be combined into one and it would work flawlessly. The main differences are things like character progression and answers to questions, which is given just due to the passage of pages. Todd Jr.'s position is explored, he grows as a person and it has a stunning conclusion. Warren grows as well, though on a different track. We get to know Ina, Achak and Thaddus better to really connect with them, which will cause some extreme emotions as the tale unfolds. There's even a surprise addition to the gang and a twist that causes another cliff hanger ending. It's written in the same detailed descriptions that capture people, nature and fights so well. It has the same atmosphere and feel as the first book while exploring the layers to get more depth. It's better than the first book because it stays true to the original elements and builds upon it. I don't have any instances of questions or minor nit-picks like I did with the first book, which means there weren't any or I was so involved that I didn't notice The only irritating thing about this book is the same with the first : cliff hanger endings. It's well done and is standard in a trilogy but damn is it annoying to be left hanging on the precipice of great happenings. There isn't even a title or date for the third book that I could find anywhere, which makes me grumpy and sad.

If you're looking into Battle for Cascadia because you don't want to start The Gaia Wars without knowing if the series is worth it, then you're in luck! I covered that in my review for The Gaia Wars. It really is worth it. ( )
  BrokeBookBank | Nov 25, 2012 |
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Continuing from where The Gaia Wars left off, Battle for Cascadia chronicles the lengths Warren and his allies must go to in order to stop the ancient, evil Uhlgoth and his horde from capturing and enslaving the spirit of planet Earth.

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As if the first book wasn't awesome enough, the second book in The Gaia Wars series, Battle for Cascadia, came along and assaulted my imagination with a whole new level of discovery. In line with the first book, the characters were just as dynamic, if not more so; Warren has definitely grown, and with that comes a whole new dimension of his character. Another character that I enjoyed reading about was Thaddeus, but I was really held captive by Kenneth G. Bennett's depiction of Uhlgoth and his otherworldly army. I wasn't expecting to be that unsettled by a set of characters, but I definitely felt their imposing effects. Also, just like in the first book, the descriptions of the Cascade region were breathtaking, and the details were artfully captured on each page. Even as I was reading about the battle, I was marveling at the pictures being painted in my mind. The story-line was even more intricate than the first book, but it was in no way difficult to understand or enjoy, although, I was shocked by some of the plot twists. Battle for Cascadia is a fast-paced page turner that took my emotions and imagination on one heck of a ride. As for the ending, I will eagerly be awaiting the last book in the trilogy because I hate not knowing what's going to happen next, especially since... (sorry, no spoilers)! Still waiting for word on a film version...

Rating: Clean Getaway (5/5)

*** I received these eBooks from Novel Publicity and the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ( )
  Allizabeth | Dec 4, 2011 |
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BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, THE SECOND BOOK OF THE GAIA WARS When thirteen-year-old Warren Wilkes stumbles upon a mysterious relic deep in the Cascade Mountains while fleeing the law (The Gaia Wars) wonder reigns. Brimming with secrets and sentient energy, the relic leads Warren to a fantastic chamber, and to shocking revelations about his identity. Now wonder has turned to dread. A forgotten terror—a demon that knows Warren better than he knows himself—has risen again and is gathering power with a singularly evil goal in mind: to capture and enslave the wild spirit of the Earth itself. Warren must fight or see all that he cherishes destroyed.

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