In Keara’s world, every child has a darkbeast—a creature that takes dark emotions like anger, pride, and rebellion. Keara’s darkbeast is Caw, a raven, and Keara can be free of her worst feelings by transferring them to Caw. He is her constant companion, and they are magically bound to each other ...more
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In Keara's world, every newborn child is bound to a darkbeast, a magical animal that will be the child's constant companion, and with which its bound child can communicate through thought and speech. Over the years as a child grows, it will make offerings of dark emotions to its darkbeast, such as hate, fear, jealousy, or anger. In turn, the darkbeast absolves and teaches the child the error of its ways. This process of offering and absolution continues u ...more
First off, you're an adult by the time you're twelve, or at least the girl in the story is, so you should be too. This view is teaching children that they don't need to respect their parents, or need their advice, council, or protection. In the story, it made it ok that Keara was disobedient to her mother. Afterall, she was almost an adult...
Second, the church ...more
This book is of a darker cas ...more
Keara has lived with her raven Caw since she wa ...more
In Keyes’ story, the companions in question are darkbeasts, creatures given to each newborn by the gods to take the children’s negative feelings and impulses into themselv ...more
A girl’s love for her raven may put her life in jeopardy in this gripping tale.
In Keara’s world, every child has a darkbeast—a creature that takes dark emotions like anger, pride, and rebellion. Keara’s darkbeast is Caw, a raven, and Keara can be free of her worst feelin ...more
Keara is a headstrong girl, and like all children in her world she's bonded to an animal soon after birth. During childhood the animal absorbs all those excesses kids are prone to, from temper fits to disobedience and everything in between.
(Can I just say that if Darkbeasts could also induce kids to clean up their rooms, I'd put an order in for two right now.)
But onwards. Keara's ...more
Cross-posted from Nightjar's Jar of Books.
In a world where every child is bound at birth to a darkbeast - a creature that will take their faults through childhood, before being ritually killed - Keara is preparing to leave her childhood behind. But Caw, her darkbeast and her oldest friend, will not be an easy sacrifice to make.
Keara was a really great protagonist, and she - and the relationships she formed throughout the story - were by far the best things about Darkbeast. The book is structured...more
I was really impressed at the beginning. The imagination, the world really was painted well and maintained its overall appeal throughout the book.
And that's pretty much it. I can say that this book was a pretty good IDEA, but if the IDEA never really works out, you can't do anything with it.
Because it's the part that bothers me the most, I guess I have to skip to the end. It ends. And that's it. There is no more. They practically leave you hanging in the mi ...more
The premise of this book was very interesting to me and I really liked the plot. I found the main character, Keara, to be very relatable, and I liked her Darkbeast, Caw. I've heard this series is similar to Rebel Flight, but I've never read that book, so I don't know. Overall this book is pretty good and the cover is sooo pretty! ...more
I became interested in Morgan Keyes' Darkbeast when I saw it being mentioned in Lynn Flewelling's LiveJournal. The story seemed interesting and original to me, so I'm glad that I had a chance to read and review Darkbeast.
In my opinion Darkbeast is one of the most positive reading experiences of 2012. I enjoyed reading reading it, because it was a sophisticated, nuanced and complex story about a young girl who dared to disagree with the norms of the society.
In the world of Duodecia, children are bound to magical creatures known as darkbeasts shortly after birth. These beasts are physical manifestations of the children’s bad behavior and emotions and they relief the children of these faults so that they can become a successful adult. On a child’s twelfth birthday they are required by law to sacrifice their darkbeast in a coming-of-age ceremony. While most children are eager to be free of their beast and all th ...more
In this world, these spirit animals are known as darkbeasts. Every child is bound to one at birth, and as they grow up, give them all of their failings - their fears, rebellions, angers, jealousies and despairs. Darkbeasts become embodiments ...more
In the world of high fantasy, very rarely is there a middle grade novel that fits the definition, but Darkbeast is just that. Morgan Keyes has built a world that is unique filled with traditions an ...more
I was really intrigued especially by the worldbuilding, though I was left curious about some of the history and things - I am hoping that since this book has a sequel, I will find some of the further information I expected/wanted in that book ...more
Morgan started to keep a journal for a second-grade English class and never really stopped. Journal entries turned into short stories, and short stories turned into novels. In between, there were an awful lot of haikus and cinquains. ...more