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The Lighthouse War (Lighthouse Trilogy #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  389 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Jamie and Ramsay figure out how to recharge the Salmon, the extraterrestrial device that allows them to travel through wormholes in space. Heading back to the planet Altair, Jamie discovers that the Witch Queen will do anything to get her hands on Jamie and the Salmon.
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Harry N. Abrams
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Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, teen
An OK book. I think I liked the first one better. Hopefully the last of the trilogy is more exciting.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed this book! I listened to the audio book version and was completely engrossed by it...probably not a good thing when you're driving! I enjoyed it a little more than the first book, simply because the suspense was greater. At certain points I feared for certain characters lives! I love the blend of history and science. As a native of Northern Ireland I just love being able to visualise it all and say "hey I've been there! I know that place!" As an education officer at the Armagh ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
There were chunks of this book I didn't like as well as the first---mainly the battle scenes. However these are brief and I love how the young people in the book become smarter and more creative. There's also a great villain that's really fun to root against. The book ends with the kids and their adult family members returning to Earth via a spaceship that travels via a wormhole. Immediately requested the last book in the series which took a few weeks to arrive from the library.
Connie Hendryx
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this as well as the first one...maybe even more than the first one! Looking forward to finishing this series....
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
(Audible; Gerard Doyle, narrator) Second book in the Lighthouse Trilogy is better than volume one.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In a previous adventure, New York-born teen Jamie O'Neill and his mother moved to a small island off the coast of Northern Ireland - population: themselves - where the silent, one-armed boy and his funny, brainy friend Ramsay MacDonald made an amazing discovery. Using a family heirloom called the Salmon of Knowledge - really, an artifact of an ancient race not of Earth - they fell through a wormhole to the distant planet of Altair. There Jamie got back his arm (temporarily) and his voice (for go ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
The Lighthouse War is the second book in The Lighthouse Land trilogy. My feeling so far, after having read the first two is that they are much like a half cadence in music. That is, the ending brings the story to a temporary, yet comfortable pause while presenting anticipation that there is more to follow. I have the third book in the trilogy in hand (The Lighthouse Keepers) so I can review the overall story when I complete that one. In the meantime, I'm writing this review for those who think t ...more
I don't think this book was way that much better than the previous one. In fact, I honestly found it worse in a number of ways.

First of all, for me personally the first book was good enough to be a stand-alone novel, but instead the author bolted on another book which from my view shouldn't even have been because it ruined the picture I had of the previous book and of the world of Jamie and Wishaway.

I found it boring, in a lot of places. That was the main problem with this book. I felt like the
Aug 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
July Book #20: I counted this in my July book count despite the fact that I didn't finish it because I got at least halfway through before giving up entirely. And isn't this kind of like when you have a dollar that's been torn in half and you only have the piece that has a little bit more than half, but the bank will still give you a new one? Well, I read a little more than half and so I will count this. Jamie's friend Ramsay is even more annoying and their dialogue wearied me before I got even ...more
Part two in this Trilogy was right along the lines of part 1. This time, it’s one year later. Jamie and Ramsay concoct a plan to recharge the space travel device (the Salmon of Knowledge). Of course, it works (if not, they’d be stuck on Earth!) and they travel back to Altair. This time, however, the Witch Queen and her brother (yes, he’s still alive!!) have a plan to trap the boys and steal the Salmon. A new character, Ramsay’s moody brother Brian and a love triangle, between Jamie, Wishaway and ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy, teen
I listened to the audio version of this story. I enjoyed the narrator, and over all a good story too. As with book #1 Plenty of action when Jamie and Ramsay return to planet called Altair. On earth Jamie is an ordinary boy with one arm, on the planet Altair he has his arm and the people there call him Lord O'Neill. He and Ramsay once again make a good team helping out the people there. In this book Ramsay's older brother Brian and Jamie's Mother make the trip to Altair where Brian and Anna are c ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This is a heart-pounding sequel to The Lighthouse Land.
Jamie O'Neill is back on Earth, where no one but his best friend Ramsay knows he's the hero of a great war that saved an alien nation. Now he's back to being a kid with one arm, no girlfriend, and a band that plays bad songs about intergalactic romance. Then news breaks on the Internet: a space probe has picked up a coded message from far across the galaxy. NASA's best scientists can't figure out what it says. Only Jamie and Ramsay realize
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the Lighthouse Trilogy as an audio book. I had to get used to Gerard Doyle's reading, beacause initially I found his voice too "old" for a story which is about a 13 year old boy, but you forget that more and more. In fact, I afterwards quite liked the way he gave an individual tone to all the persons.

The story is really beautiful: combining old Irish Fairy tales with wormhole-theory and the story of a teenager, who has to recover from cancer and his parents divorce - altough this i
This is the second book in the Lighthouse Trilogy where the story of Jamie and his young friend he meet in Ireland when he moved there with his mother are called back to the other world they were able to travel to through the secret "Salmon" they found in Jamie's lighthouse. Different agencies on earth are receiving a message that no one can decipher except them and realize they are being called back to help on the other island where the young teenagers are thought of as royalty and also as the ...more
Neill Smith
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In part two of the trilogy Jamie and Ramsay return to Altair in response to a signal they think is from Jamie’s love on Altair. Instead the message is from the Witch Queen of Balanmanik on Altair. She wants to lure them there so she can acquire the Salmon of Knowledge, the device Jamie and Ramsay use to travel between Altair and Earth via a wormhole. Jamie, Ramsay, Ramsay’s brother, and Jamie’s mother are all captured and must fight for their freedom to be able to return to Earth.
May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you guys have ever read the first book in this series, the Lighthouse Land, they are fascinating Sci-Fi stories about outer life. This one is about conflict in the alien world, and the aliens possibly coming to invade Earth-- that is, if Jamie and Ramsay don't stop them through the Lighthouse.
Becka Ramaglia
Overall, I like this story. I wasn't happy with some changes made and felt this book was a little lacking. But I'm trudging ahead to find out how it ends.

Here's my full review:
Janet Whalen
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
The sidekick character Ramsay makes this book possible due to his intuitive understanding of science and maths. Books 2 are supposed to be the meat of the triolgy, and McKinty, as usual, delivers. Cliffhanger ending of course.
Mitchell Cripps
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After a long and painful wait to get this book, I got this for Christmas! Amazing second book! For me the book kept me extremely interested and after every chapter was finished I couldn't help but start another!
Nate Leckband
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I definitely like this but better than the first book in the series. Once again, it is an enjoyable book for someone who enjoys sci-fi/fantasy novels. The characterization in this book is better than the first one as the characters develop.
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better and better. Without spoiling anything, the Lighthouse Wars has sprung to the top of my list of favorites. Definitely one good for teens and the young-at-heart adult. (Plus, who wouldn't want to move to Ireland now?)
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn't like it as well as the first, but it was interesting. Bit confusing as to what actually happened at the end, but hopefully the third book will explain better.
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
I always appreciate a nuanced and comprehensible villain.
Mephisto Pheles
Sep 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like it after the first book but I didn't like the ending and didn't bother to finish the 3rd. I think my main issue is the predictability and likability of the MC.
Richard Bunaskavich
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best of the 3 books. Takes place mostly on earth and Jaime has to decide whether to save earth or altar (the other world he goes to.)
I did enjoy this second book better than the first and I am quite interested in reading the 3rd and last of the trilogy. McKinty is keeping my curiosity alive...
Enna Isilee
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
Better than the first one I think. More action and more romance and more... good. ;)
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Adrian McKinty is an Irish novelist. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1968 and grew up in Victoria Council Estate, Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He read law at the University of Warwick and politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford. He moved to the United States in the early 1990s, living first in Harlem, New York and from 2001 onwards Denver, Colorado where he taught high sch ...more
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