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The Black Room (The Dark Ground Trilogy #2)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  119 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Robert is determined to rescue Lorn, who remains trapped in the tiny underground world from which he has managed to escape. She'll die if he doesn't help her. But Lorn doesn't know what danger she is in. Something is drawing her to the dark tunnels underneath her world. Is it something that is calling her home or something more sinister? Can Robert get to her before whatev ...more
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published 2005 by Oxford University Press (first published 2001)
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Amy
May 29, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
The trilogy takes a whole new twist! Robert goes back to being big. Works with his sister Emma and eventually his best friend Tom to help the small ones. He believes the answer lies in Lorn, finding her big self and connecting them. What he finds is just crazy. Lorn was the only one who couldn't remember her previous life, all the other smalls could. We discover why her subconscious was blocking it out; it was too horrible to remember. She is better as a small. If her big and small reconnect, wh ...more
Jaemi
Jan 12, 2009 Jaemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
his is definitely a series where you need to read the first book.

We pick up just after Robert has returned to himself–an event which has changed his relationship with his sister, and his best friend.
Live in the cave is a strong memory to him, and he and Emma make regular trips to bring food and supplies to its occupants. While happy to be home, Robert can’t forget about those he left behind. Especially Lorn.

His obsession and change in personality lead Tom, who can’t understand this Robert, to co
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Jen
Oct 24, 2007 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
First and foremost, this book won't make much sense if you haven't read the earlier one in the series. The premise of the story is interesting, if a bit ridiculous, but sometimes it feels like the author is trying just a little too hard to make it dark and dramatic. I give it 3 stars because of the well-written suspense - it was impossible to put this book down - but it has a disappointing ending, so that spoils it for me.

In addition, I hate it when an author strings the reader along for book a
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Evelyn Nicole Ruvalcaba
Apr 21, 2014 Evelyn Nicole Ruvalcaba rated it really liked it
The second book of The Dark Ground trilogy was actually really good. I loved this because secrets are hidden and figured out when they find that Lorn , a girl who saved Roberts life in the dark ground, has a hidden secret of her past when she use to be big. The secret is so shocking I couldn't even believe. This shows how you can assume but never be 100% correct of somebody's life. Who knows maybe you cant even be positive of your own.
Reeva
May 13, 2011 Reeva rated it liked it
Spoilers!!!>......




I liked this one better than the first. There was so much more excitment and adventure. I was very upset with Lorn's situation. Child abuse is sick and I can't believe her father is so cruel. People are disgusting. I was glad they saved her, but they didn't reunite her. I was a little disappionted by that. I didn't really like Tom at first. He was stupid and navie about everything. This book still doesn't make sense because Cross never explains what is really going on. Cross
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Ann
Sep 17, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2006
Fast paced and exciting sequel! Robert is big again, and he's trying to help the little people in the cavern at the park. With the help of his (at first disbelieving) friend Tom and sister Emma, they formulate a plan to help the little people through the winter. Meanwhile, Lorn (the defacto leader, since Zak and Cam are still gone) is working on her own plan to expand the cavern. But above ground, Tom and Robert have discovered that the real "Lorn" is in danger, and set out to liberate her from ...more
Miriam
May 31, 2009 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a sequel to The Dark Ground, and it is most decidely not a stand-alone. The author gives just enough background information that a reader could barely understand the plot without having read the first book, and it wouldn't be very engrossing without prior familiarity with the characters. I'm mostly continuing this series in hopes of an eventual explanatory conclusion, which will have to a doozy to reconcile the explanation hinted at the end of the first book with the second.
Fiza Javed
I want to read this book :( I really love this book :( This story have suspense and mystery ^_^
Kathy
Jan 05, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Robert has returned to his normal-sized body, leaving tiny Lorn and the others in the Lilliputian group to huddle against the dangerously growing cold. Robert, his sister Emma and his best friend Tom try to find the full-sized Lorn, but discover her imprisoned underground and horribly abused by her father. Meanwhile, Lorn is drawn deeper and deeper underground. Is she being drawn towards safety or is it more sinister? Can Robert rescue and reunite Lorn with her full-sized body in time? Many thre ...more
Maaz Patel
Jan 28, 2014 Maaz Patel rated it it was amazing
good
Courtney
Oct 08, 2011 Courtney rated it liked it
It was bizarre and I'm still not really sure what happened in the end but I liked the characters.
Jayne
Jul 27, 2011 Jayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good sequel.
Christina Borgoyn
Jan 24, 2013 Christina Borgoyn rated it really liked it
really interesting.
Ayesha
Feb 19, 2013 Ayesha marked it as to-read
i think its amazing
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Gillian Cross was born Gillian Arnold in 1945. She was educated at North London Collegiate School, Somerville College, Oxford and the University of Sussex. Although now a full-time writer who often travels and gives talks in connection with her work, she has had a number of informal jobs including being an assistant to a Member of Parliament. For eight years she also sat on the committee which adv ...more
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