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Secrets of the Crown

(The Familiars #2)

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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  3,068 ratings  ·  168 reviews
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When every bit of human magic disappears suddenly from Vastia, it falls on the familiars—Aldwyn the telekinetic cat, Skylar the know-it-all blue jay, and Gilbert the gullible tree frog—to find the Crown of the Snow Leopard, an ancient relic that can reverse the curse. They learn that the only way to do this is by following in the paw prints of Ald
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Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by HarperCollins
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⋟Kimari⋞
This series follows three magical animals on a quest; a Hermione-ish bluejay, an orphaned street cat, and a tree frog who is insecure about his magical talent. The writing is very good, given the target audience, as are the pacing and plot. The anthropomorphic characters, despite being a bit stereotypical, are well rounded; learning, growing, and building a closer friendship as they travel.

The 1st grade me would have adored this series. I read every fiction and non-fiction animal book in the sch
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Mary
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The story picks up four weeks after the Familiars leaves off. The Loyals and the Familiars are now being educated in magical defensive arts when there is a flash of green light disenchanting the human Loyals who lose their abilities to cast spells and which leaves the animals as the only magical creatures. As part of a prediction that the animal will now rule, the Familiars must now race to save the humans against the evil intentions of the queen's familiar, Paksahara who has tried to overthrow ...more
Charlie Lewis
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I thought The Familiars, Secrets of the Crown was a good book. I liked the mixture of humor and action. I also enjoy the unexpected twists in the book. This book is an intriguing and interesting book. This is a suspenseful book.

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The book starts off with Jack and Aldwyn racing Marianne and Gilbert to Black Ivy Manor. Jack and Aldwyn, Marianne and gilbert and Dalton and skylar were practicing when magic stopped. The Queen had called a meeting and at the meeting Pakashara told t
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Brenda
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Two years ago I read The Familiars. I was attracted to it because that year I had a reader of only cat books. Aldwyn, one of the Familiars, was a cat so I thought I’d give it a try. I did and it was great fun. The main characters are a stray cat, a red-eyed tree frog and a blue jay. I don’t think there could be a more unlikely trio and their distinct personality traits had me smiling all the way through.

When I saw The Familiars – Secrets of the Crown in the bookstore I knew I wanted to keep this
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Lisa Ard
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Once again the familiars are back! Aldwyn, Skylar and Gilbert, the animal familiars to three young wizards are out to save the world as they know it from the evil hare Paksahara, formerly familiar to Queen Loranella herself. Where book one explained wizards and familiars and the coming together of these three very different familiars, book two shows how the three familiars have bonded and become family.

At the end of Book One Paksahara reveals herself and then escapes, opening the way to the sequ
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Brenda
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Middle graders who love animal stories and magic
Recommended to Brenda by: Goodreads First Read Giveaway
Many thanks to the publisher and Goodreads for this advanced reading copy of The Familiars: Secrets of the Crown. After having just completed an exciting quest to save their loyals from the evil queen of Vastia our second book takes up with the familiars and their loyals learning how to hone their magical abilities. Suddenly, the city is brought in peril due to the effects of a disenchantment spell and the roles of human and animal companions become reversed. Once again the familiars are called ...more
Liza Wiemer
The familiars are back! Epstein and Jacobson have created a perfect series for middle grade readers with some of the best talking animals out in the world of imagination today. With situations connected to family, friendship, and loyalty, middle graders will definitely be able to relate. Filled with magic, adventure, and plenty of good versus evil, this novel will keep kids engaged.
The three chosen ones - Aldwyn (a telekinetic cat), Skylar (a brilliant, magical blue jay) and Gilbert (a funny tr
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Karolinde (Kari)
Secrets of the Crown is the second book in the Familiars series, the story of Aldwyn, Skylar, and Gilbert's quest to save their world and maybe find themselves. Paksahara casts a spell that takes away all human magic and the chosen three embark on a quest to stop her from unleashing her army of the dead. Along the way, we learn more about each character and what drives them. The best part of the book is when Gilbert finds his courage at long last.

Even more than the first book, it is easy to see
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Kat Goldin
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this fun- filled, packed, book we revisit the life of magic thru animals and their relationships with humans. There is lots of warmth in this book and great, thrilling adventure, too. The entire book is appropriate for middle school students, although, I think 8th graders might seem it a bit elementary. The ending is easily predicted. The main characters are well developed and easy to identify with as they embark on a quest to find the source of human magic and return it to their village. We ...more
Kelsey Ketch
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Secrets of the Crown didn't have the same magical draw as the first Familars. While a lot happens in the Secrets of the Crown, I felt the first book had more humor, more intrigue, and more surprises. However, I did enjoy the basic storyline as well as the clues and journey to the Crown.
Candy
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love this book sometimes fantasy can be complicated and boring but this was an light easy read. I even convinced my 10 year old son to give it a try and so far he likes it and he very picky about what he reads. Thank you goodreads for the giveaway.
Linda
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When an evil enchantment removes all human magic from the queendom of Vastia, it is up to the Prophesied Three -- Aldwyn the bicolor cat, Skylar the blue jay, and Gilbert the tree frog -- to restore it. Their only clue is an old nursery rhyme referencing the "Crown of the Snow Leopard," but nobody knows exactly what that is or where to find it. And before he knows it, Aldwyn finds himself literally following in the pawsteps of the father he never knew ...

Only three errors found in the Hardcover
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Emma Hathaway
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book I have currently finished is named, Secrets of the Crown (The Familiars, #2). Author, Adam Jay Epstein. I loved this book so much, best one so far, and Im just on the second book so far! Some reasons why I loved this book a bunch. 1 The way the author explains what is happening, I just love how they do it. 2 The characters are amazing. 3 The overall book is just fantastic! My favorite character in this book is Aldwyn. He is a black and white cat, and as you read the book you learn he wa ...more
Annie Jensen
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second book I think was the best because they go on a search mission for the Crown of the Snow Lepord to save Vista from Paksahara and the 2 dead army that she's going to make. My favrit part was when Aldwyn and the other 2, Skylar, and Gilbert find the crown of the Snow Lepord. The crown isn't actuly a crown though so read the book to fin out what it really is. My least favrit part I have 2 but they are when Aldwyn finds out his only left realitiv is in a job with Paksahara and is going to ...more
Twyla
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Laurie (AFozenBookParadise)
3.5 This was and enjoyable read. It's an adventure novel about animals, something I wish I'd read when I was younger because I was crazy about these types of novels. The animal-human relationships were a highlight of the novel. I see it in many Junior/Middle Grade reads, but it's not usually handled in this fashion. It was new and fresh. I could also see areas where the authors drew in ideas form myths and legends as well as some other novels, but the were very suttle and mixed in ery well with ...more
MistyWish
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O.M.G my heart is just ugh.....I LOVE Aldwyn.
I didn't expect to love this second book as much as the first (I don't know why) but just this books took me everywhere!
I struggled a bit with some places but that's just my mentality haha, but seriously though I can't wait to read the next two books
Kelly Massey
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent sequel, both my six-year-old and I enjoyed it immensely. I do recommend having book three on hand to immediately turn to, because you will want to know what happens next. And that's all I'm going to say about that.
Jen
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have the 3rd book ready when you finish this book! You won't want to wait long to continue the adventure!
Stephanie Tiner
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chris
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have no words. I thought the first one in the series was my favorite book, but this somehow managed to be ten times better. So much character development and exciting storylines. It's perfect.
Orgoani1
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Strange but fun.
KittenBoss5000
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This entire book series is amazing!!!
Scott Short
Storyline is ok. Illustrations look like an advanced child artist drew them. I’m trapped in this book series bc I need to see how it ends, but really not excited to pick it up to read.
Nicole Bishop Baker
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
thank you for writing such a wonderful series
Brennen Foerst
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Certainly the most upbeat of The Familiars books to say the least! Great read!
Greykittykat
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love it!
Ali
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great book. It was fun to see the characters grow into their roles and see more of their past. I think things will get interesting in the next book with the return of an old enemy/new ally.
Sarah Cromwell
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
second book in an amazing series
An Odd1
The pink-eyed bunny is back and still bad. I liked while reading, then forgot within a week.
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