About the Book
In the world of Erdas, four children discover their spirit animal bonds, rare and powerful links between human and beast. These four young heroes and their spirit animals must band together to save their world.
- How does the Nectar Ceremony signify a coming of age for eleven-year-olds in the kingdom of Erdas? Which character grows the most from their ceremony?
- Why are Conor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollan surprised when they call their spirit animals?
- Discuss the role of women in Abeke’s and Meilin’s families. How do Abeke and Meilin defy the traditional female role? Can you relate to either of them?
- Every character experiences fear at some point in the novel. Which character is the most unprepared to face fear?
- There is good and evil in most works of fantasy. Identify the good and evil characters in the novel. The Greencloaks call Zerif “the Jackal” after his spirit animal; how does the name symbolize evil?
- How do you define trust? How is trust essential to the relationships between the four main characters and their spirit animals? Who in your life do you trust the most? Why did you pick that person?
- Conor and Meilin are loyal to the Greencloaks and take their vows. Why is Meilin more comfortable with the Greencloaks than she is among her own people in Zhong?
- Why does Meilin’s father think that the Greencloaks have too much power?
- Explain what Rollan means when he said, “People with authority tended to abuse it” (p. 69). How does this view of power cause him to doubt the motives of the Greencloaks? Name an example from current events of someone abusing their power.
- Discuss the power of the talismans of the Great Beasts. What makes that power the root of the conflict in Erdas?