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The Andalite Chronicles

(Animorphs #12.5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,814 ratings  ·  198 reviews
His name is Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul.

An Andalite war-prince. The one who gave five young humans the ability to morph into any animal they touch. They are still out there, fighting an evil so powerful there isn't a moment that goes by when they can actually feel safe. Their story continues.

But this is how it all began.

The story that came before Animorphs . . .
Paperback, 326 pages
Published December 1997 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 1997)
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Robin Yes. in my opinion its one of the better books from the entire series.

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Okay, first, I feel like I need to preface this review by confessing that if I had read this book for the first time at age thirty-one, I wouldn't be giving it five stars. My rating is entirely colored by my intense nostalgic feelings of love for it. As an adult reading it as a part of an ongoing series, this is a solid book that does some really cool things. But for a kid who'd never read any science-fiction before, this book absolutely GOBSMACKED me. It's the reason I love science fiction.

hahhaaha oh no oh noooooooooo I finished this book teary and emotional in a Pret A Manger. I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS. Right when you think you didn't care so much about Elfangor -- or, perhaps, did care about him but had gotten over his death -- then this breaks you right along those mended cracks and makes it so much worse.

You should all read this one right before #13! I read it out of order, because my ebook was junked, so I came to this book about ten books too late. I
Meta Vashti
Aug 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Before there was Harry Potter, my days were filled with Animorphs. Yes, I grew up loving this adventure. Kids who could turn into animals, alien beings, kidnappings, wild adventure, who wouldn't love it. ...more
Kara Babcock
So … yeah. This book made me cry, at the end.

I remember reading the hard copy version of this as a kid and marvelling at how much thicker it was than your typical Animorphs novel. Don’t get me wrong—by that age I was already mainlining The Lord of the Rings and Dune, so I was already acquainted with long novels. Until now, though, Applegate had intentionally been keeping her stories not just short, but brief.

The Andalite Chronicles shook up that format, introducing a subseries of Animorphs that
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I loved the Animorph series, and this was one of the best of them.

Elfangor's story is similar to the Animorph one as it is also a coming of age story, but I enjoyed Elfangor's perspective and commentry immensly. The look into the Andalite culture along with the Taxxons, Horik-Bajir, and Yeerks was enlightening and make them much more realistic characters. I liked how Applegate didn't gloss over the darker side of the Andalites and presented the other aliens in a different light. I especially li
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
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This is the story of Elfangor, from his beginning as an aristh, an Andalite space cadet, to his time on Earth that no one but the Ellimist knows about. This is the story of what happened before the Animorphs.

The Andalite Chronicles, strictly speaking, isn’t essential reading in the Animorphs series. But if you want to know more about Visser Three’s host, Alloran, and how he came to be a mind-slave to one of the highest-ranking Yeerks in the Empire, then yo
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
What a depressing book. I mean seriously depressing. It took me ages to read just because every minute of it is a real drag: Chapman is inherently evil (in spite of what we learned in book 2); Arbron getting trapped in Taxxon morph; Elfangor being responsible for The Abomination; Elfangor and Tobias' first and last meeting. Also wtf - technically Loren was still a kid (mentally and emotionally if not physically) when she had Tobias? That never really registered with me as a kid. It was never exp ...more
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animorphs
Interesting, thrilling, and at times, moving.

Yet this book is quite the mixed bag. The prose is, perhaps, below-average for the series. Repetition, bland phrasing, overuse of exclamation points, and lots of onomatopoeia are a few knocks against the style.

The plot is very intricate. Elfangor is thrown from one end of the universe to another, hardly ever having time to catch his breath. Curiously enough, though, while this book primarily concerns alien species, nothing is that foreign. Contrary to
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
At the risk of appearing childish, I've started rereading this series. Judging by this book, I'm not surprised I loved it when I was younger!

If you're looking for a book with challenging style or diction, this is not it. This is a story for kids, but at the same time manages to bring up a few good questions dealing with morality, mainly: "What's the point of winning if, in winning, you lose what you're fighting for?" More simply/similarly: Do the ends justify the means?

This book describes the Ta
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books from childhood. Katherine did an exceptional way of telling such kind of story to kids.

Let's get this one by one, character by character, story by story. Because everyone has made me really mad. XD

The story was told from Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul's perspective. The beginning of the story shows him as a young Andalite aristh who wants to be a hero. Elfangor as a kid is a serious guy, with the great pride of the Andalite, and minds grandly about
Jonathan Pongratz
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, favorites
Original review on Jaunts & Haunts


Five Alien Race-saving stars for this book!

Nom, nom, nom, I ate this book UP! This book was just what I needed after a somewhat disappointing experience with another recent read, and I just have to say, wow!

The Andalite Chronicles was a great scifi book, full of adventure, heartache, and is a great coming-of-age story.

This book takes place before the Animorphs received their powers, centering on Elfangor as our MC. Elfangor is just a lowly Aristh along with h
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was my last foray into Animorphs. I read it some years after my obsession ended, because I had always been interested in how Tobias’ parents met and in the character of Elfangor.

This book kind of delivers answers to my questions, but not really. And while I wound up skimming (my taste in prose had significantly improved between the ages of 9 and 13) I distinctly remember thinking “oh great, here we go back into stupid again”.

Lemme ask you this: why did Chapman need to make an appearance her
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Animorphs reread continues! I don't think I've actually read this one before, but it was pretty amazing. I'm about 90% certain the entire book was written just to have the scene where Elfangor is driving across the Taxxon home world in a bright yellow Mustang while drinking a Dr Pepper through his hoof and blasting Britney Spears. Also Elfangor's backstory, I guess. But mostly that one scene. :-D ...more
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Pretty darn epic.

More than pretty darn epic. We have cross-species love, insane time travel, alternate universes, bad guys and good guys in close quarters, betrayal... Basically, we have it all.
September 26, 2020 re-read:
   Before he became a Prince, a hero of the Andalite people, and the one who gave the Animorphs the ability to morph to fight the Yeerks on Earth, Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul was a young aristh – a warrior-cadet – on his first voyage with an Andalite Dome ship. He is tasked with helping fellow Aristh Arbron and their War-Prince commander Alloran intercept one of two Skrit Na ships which had just kidnapped two humans from the previously-ignored planet Earth, Loren and Cha
As a prequel (with a frame narrative), this has a certain degree of predictability, and Animorphs worldbuilding, particularly for the various races, tends to be repetitive and unambitious. Those caveats aside, this is great. The book was originally published in three parts, and while the thirds don't stand alone the rises and falls in the action (and longer page count) make for a lot of book in the familiar readable MG style. The settings are diverse and expansive, particularly the long stay on ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animorphs
hmmm mm you know, i have... a bias. against certain tropes. i really hate them. a lot. i thought i was gonna go three stars most of the way, just on principle, but this book? it's REALLY good. this review is pointless, i just wanted to go on the record saying that about a time travel book. it's REALLY GOOD. ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animorphs
You know I step out of the horror genre for a minute and I can safely say I don’t regret it at all. Why the heck didn’t I get into these books in the 90’s?! This was a prequel of course that was released after book 20 or so I believe, kinda cool that there is some solid back story with the over arching series as well. I guess I have no choice but to read Animorphs #1 ‘The Invasion’ next up!
Daniela (Lightweaver)
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was way better than i expected! I thought it was just gonna be some lame money-grabbing spinoff! The plot was intriguing and there was heaps of character development and some humour as well. And even though i vaguely knew how it would end, it still surprised me. I read all three books in one day.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I reread this book until it was in tatters, but somehow forgot it existed until just this moment
Whoaaaaa. Lots going on here. Fills in a ton of backstory, and the end is a real kicker.
Oct 24, 2020 added it
Shelves: sci-fi, kid-lit
The Library Ladies
(Originally reviewed at

Narrator: Elfangor

Plot: This book is twice as long as a usual Animorph book, so strap in for a long post folks!

Similarly to how we first met his little brother Ax, we find Elfangor aboard an Andalite Dome ship, an aristh eager to prove himself. When the Dome ship comes across a Skrit Na raider ship, Elfangor and his fellow aristh, Arbron are tasked to board it, as they are small enough to navigate the cramped quarters. Aboard, they discover two human
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animorphs
Holy shit. Holy shiiiiiit. This is a CHILDREN'S BOOK. A BOOK FOR CHILDREN. I was punched in the gut more times while reading this book than while watching Titanic and Old Yeller combined. 5/5, excellent entry in the series. ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The ending and the explanation of Elfangor's decision to give the Animorphs their morphing power about tore my heart out. I don't remember, but I really hope that comes to light somehow for the kids later in the series.

I really appreciated this foray into the wider Animorphs universe. I think the growth of Elfangor was right on as well as Applegate's handling of the warrior culture of the Andalites and their inability to face the consequences of war. I wasn't all that k
Dec 20, 2007 rated it liked it
I don't know if I'd give this book five stars now, but Andalite Chronicles was my favorite book as a teenager. (I read it even more times than Martin the Warrior.) As I recall, this Animorphs installment looks back at the late Elfangor, the Andalite that gave the Animorphs the power to morph into animals and fight the parasitic Yeerks, and the clever, destined connections his past has to the Animorphs in present day.

I loved Katherine Applegate because, like so many fabulous young adult authors,
Spring 2020 (Animorph's Read 2020 March/April);

This ranks in as my highest Animorph star count so far at 3.5. I found myself more engrossed in the last third of this book than I have in any Animorphs novel yet (or the first 2/3rds of this selfsame novel). I am deeply interested in the parts where we begin messing with time, place, dimensions, and the shattering-merge of them with multiple minds involved and I NEED MORE of that part now (...and hopefully I won't be waiting for 2/3rd of the full s
Melissa F.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is, without question, one of the best books of the entire Animorphs series. I can still viscerally recall how I felt when I first read it (as a gangly, awkward, bookwormy 12 year old), the intensity of my shock at several key moments. Any love I have for science fiction largely came from this series, and this book was a huge part of that. It was an adventure in every way, and Elfangor's emotional journey meant as much to me as his physical one. ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read the entire animorph series. This was by far, the best, and most interesting one. I love the Andalite world....the Hork Bajirs are my absolute favorite. ...more
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