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The Gorgon's Gaze: The Companions Quartet: Book 2 Hardcover – Oct 15 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (Oct. 15 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192754572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192754578
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,084,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`[Of Book 1, Secret of the Sirens]: 'I rated this book 5/5 because the story is so brilliant you simply have to read it. I would strongly advise this book so just buy it and read it!!!!!!!!' Jenii, age 10

`This book is the most excellent book I have ever read.' Amazon review

`If you are looking for a book for a child of junior age or above (or their Mum or Dad!) who enjoys fantasy fiction, then this would definitely be a great choice.' Amazon review

`This has all the ingredients of a must-read series.' Publishing News

`I really like it - it reminded me of Susan Cooper's Over Sea Under Stone.' Amanda Craig

`Crackles with tension' TES

`[Of Book 1, Secret of the Sirens]: 'I rated this book 5/5 because the story is so brilliant you simply have to read it. I would strongly advise this book so just buy it and read it!!!!!!!!' Jenii, age 10 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Julia Golding was shortlisted for the Ottakar's Love of Reading Prize for The Diamond of Drury Lane.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wow - exciting book Aug. 6 2009
By B. Jacobs - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a parent, presumably reading this series to preview it for my kids. But I am enjoying it so much. I found this book to be even more exciting than the first. It is the continuation of Connie's life as she learns to deal with being a universal. She learns that along with special gifts comes great responsibility. I love the action in this book as well as the messages. It has a wonderful environmental message, without coming off as too preachy. The book delivers messages about taking care of your friends, taking responsibility for your own actions, environmental awareness, and accepting people for who they are. Although it is a kids book, I enjoyed it enough to run out and grab the next one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Golding, an outstanding dweller in the old world, amuses and educates our kids. April 12 2013
By Didaskalex - Published on
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"A place like the Americas to us dwellers in the old world, full of wonders as well as dangers. Take heed of what is written in these pagers so that you may avoid the errors of the past."--Julia Golding

The Gorgon's Gaze, the second book of the Companions Quartet, is an eco-fantasy novel written by Julia Golding, whose first novel, 'The Diamond of Drury Lane', won two Children's Book Prize in 2006. This series about mythical creatures has a gentle mystery aura. The book continues the story of the Secret of the Sirens, about a secret society sworn to protect mythical creatures. Connie Lionheart, a twelve year old girl, who becomes its central member.

Mallins Wood is under threat, and with it the home of the last remaining gorgon - a mythical creature that can kill with a look. Only a handful of people know that she still exists. Col and his mother are among them, and both are determined to save her, and the forest. While Col tries to rally support amongst the locals, his mum is hatching a more deadly plan. Egged on by the evil Kullervo, she is ready to sacrifice Col's best friend, Connie, to protect the gorgon.

Golding ends this installment with closure rather than suspense, though Kullervo will clearly be back soon. Set in two coastal English towns and the woods between them, this pleasantly earnest series will appeal especially to fans of golden dragons and human-animal bonds. The rest of the quartet includes Mines of the Minotaur, and The Chimera's Curse. Golding, who describe herself as a dweller in the old world, amuses and educates our kids.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Choice For Young Readers ... And Their Parents ... April 7 2013
By delicateflower152 - Published on
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Julia Golding continues The Companion Quartet with its second volume "The Gorgon's Gaze." The novel's young protagonist, Connie Lionheart, is still learning to deal with her role as a "universal." Targeted toward readers age 10 and older, "The Gorgons Gaze" is intelligently written - it does not talk down to younger readers and is not so simplistic that it will bore older readers.

"The Gorgons Gaze" does contain a strong environmental message, but it is not preachy or bombastic in conveying that information. Readers and parents who enjoy books with a message will find this novel quite a treat.

Julia Golding does a nice job of bringing necessary information from the first volume of The Companion's Quartet into "The Gorgons Gaze". While it is helpful to have read the first book in this series, it is not absolutely necessary to have done so. Language and situations contained in "The Gorgons Gaze" are appropriate for all ages.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the best stories that children will also love March 24 2013
By Afia - Published on
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This is a near-perfect book for parents and kids. We all enjoyed it in my house. It's fun and light yet gripping with mystery and intrigue. It makes the reader want to continue and continue and nothing else matters, completely captivating us and taking us out of the daily grind.
Harry Potter-esque tale with an environmental focus April 16 2013
By Sunny Sewing Honeybee - Published on
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Connie is the only known, currently-living Universal in existence. While there are those who can communicate with specific creatures, she has the unique power to communicate with all mythical creatures. She'll now be learning more about the Society, which is disguised as an environmental group. Or, so she thinks. That is, until her great-aunt and great-uncle (brother and sister) take her away to "protect" her, at her parents' bidding. Her parents don't even know about Connie's gifts, but are worried about her being environmentally brainwashed.

Connie has other things on her mind than the mainstream human education her great-aunt is trying to give her. Mallins (Merlin's) Wood is about to be destroyed for roads. She's also just been given her special companion, a baby golden dragon. Aside from these two concerns, she has to repeatedly attempt to escape from her great-aunt's home in order to learn more about being a Universal.

Meanwhile, her friend Col has been busy visiting more and more with his mother, whose companion is a gorgon. He wants to be with his mom, yet she's more than a little creepy, especially since her companion is a gorgon (think, Medusa). What are her intentions behind reconnecting with him? It becomes increasingly clear that she may be aligned with the dark side--the shape-shifting Kullervo, who wants humans eradicated from the Earth. And why is Connie's great-aunt so secretive?

It can be challenging to include an environmental message in a book and not come across as preachy. It can also be difficult to take a Harry Potter-esque plot and not make it seem copycat. These are both handled relatively well in this book. The main problem I had with it was that Connie was able to deceive and/or escape her great-aunt pretty regularly, which seemed inconsistent with her overprotective nature. I also think the book, having such an unique setting and characters, could have benefited from a lot more descriptive passages as to appearances of the beings and locales. It was, at times, difficult to imagine the unique characters and settings.