The Owling, Shadowside Trilogy #2  -     By: Robert Elmer
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The Owling, Shadowside Trilogy #2

ZonderKidz / 2008 / Paperback

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Life is turned upside down on Corista for 15-year-old Oriannon and her friends. The planet's axis has shifted, bringing chaos to Brightside and Shadowside. And Jesmet, the music mentor who was executed for saving their lives, is alive and promises them a special power called the Wind-if they'll just wait.
Those who live in lush comfort on the bright side of the small planet Corista have plundered the water resources of Shadowside for centuries, ignoring the existence of Shadowside's inhabitants, who are nothing more than animals. Or so the Brightsiders have been taught. It will take a special young woman to expose the truth-and to help avert the war that is sure to follow.
On the planet Corista, the new faith of its first Believers is tested in the shadow of evil. In book two, readers can contemplate how biblical truths translate in another world. The planet of Corista has been thrown off its axis, and the bright side is experiencing times of darkness for the first time. Are the Owling people of Shadowside to blame? With both sides of the planet in chaos, the world becomes even more confusing for 15-year-old Oriannon when her former music mentor Jesmet miraculously returns and promises his followers a special power called the Numa. But his is not the only offer of hope. Sola, Corista's charismatic head of Security, proposes the "ultimate solution" for peace, and she recruits Oriannon to help her carry out a seemingly perfect plan. But Oriannon's friend Margus, is skeptical of Sola's intentions. Should Oriannon trust the feelings of her friend? Will she embrace Sola's solution as the answer to the world's dilemma? Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.88 (inches)
ISBN: 0310714222
ISBN-13: 9780310714224
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 13-16
Series: Shadowside Trilogy

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Life is turned upside down on Corista for 15-year-old Oriannon and her friends. The planet’s axis has shifted, bringing chaos to Brightside and Shadowside. And Jesmet, the music mentor who was executed for saving their lives, is alive and promises them a special power called the Wind---if they’ll just wait.

Author Bio

Robert Elmer lives in the Seattle area with his wife and their little white dog, Farragut, who is named for the famous admiral. He is the author of over fifty books, most of them for younger readers (but some for grown-ups, as well). He enjoys sailing in the San Juan Islands, exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and spending time with their three kids – along with a growing number of little grandkids.

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In the second installment of the Shadowside Trilogy, titled The Owling, author Robert Elmer explores the miracle of Jesus in the setting of an entirely different world. His main character, a teenager named Oriannon (Ori), lives among the people from the light side of the planet Corista. They have been mining the water supply of Shadowside, the dark side of the planet, for centuries, ignoring its animal-like inhabitants called Owlings. But Ori and her friends know that the Owlings are much more than animals. They strive to keep the peace between people groups that are growing more and more hostile. To do this, Ori must chose between following her mysterious teacher, Jesmet, who seems to have been raised from the dead, or a charismatic new leader, Sola. What results is an inspiring story of growth, pain, hope, and faith.

Elmer’s characters will vibrate within every reader, though there are a few times when they seem slightly forced. But Ori and her friends are excellent examples of how Christians should behave in relationships. They stick with each other through thick and thin, going so far as to risk their lives for one another. These teens are not afraid to confront each other when one makes a mistake, and they readily forgive hurts. Ori and her father love each other deeply, and although their relationship is strained, they both work to protect one another.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9 NIV). Deep down, this is what Ori and her friends desperately want to be, and they have the Maker’s (God’s) blessing to be so. But Ori lacks patience and has a will almost too strong for her own good. When she is told by Jesmet to wait until the Numa, or Holy Spirit, comes upon her to take action, she ignores him. Instead, she goes her own way to get things done and makes plenty of mistakes in the process—big mistakes! But in the end, she learns her lesson, repents, and gets another chance.

The Owling leaves its readers encouraged and inspired to follow God and do what is right. It will also leave them hungering for the next book in the series. Though the story starts off somewhat slowly, readers will find themselves hooked before long. I recommend this book for teens who are looking for an exciting plot and a new way to view their God. – Kate R. Miller, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

“The Shadowside Trilogy is intended for a teen audience, but middle-graders who like fantasy, science fiction, or allegory will enjoy this series. It's hard to find fantasy and science fiction we can trust, but there are no worries with either Trion Rising or The Owling. It's a creative ‘What if?’ trip into another world.”

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  1. Chandra Lynn
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 19, 2009
    Chandra Lynn
    Few authors have the ability to cross not only genres but also age levels the way Robert Elmer does. Whether he is writing a tender love story, a young person's high adventure, or another world drama his talent for story telling is unmatched. The Owling, book two in the Shadowside Trilogy is entertaining and thought- provoking.When fifteen-year old Oriannon Hightower witnessed the death of her mentor, Jesmet, she thought her world was falling apart. His return to life made her life completely baffling. And, when she thought things could get no more complicated, Jesmet returns and promises his followers some sort of special power called the Numa. As Oriannon waits for this unexplained power a new source of hope comes into her life. Sola, the new head of security on planet Corista, proposes the Ultimate Solution for peace. Oriannon is seduced by Sola's power and promises. Is the mysterious holy man or the new charismatic security leader the one to follow? Oriannon must work with her friend Markus to find the real answers, but will they be in time to save their loved ones and friends?The second book in the trilogy does not disappoint. It picks up almost immediately where the first book left off and the action doesn't stop. Readers will meet new characters and old friends. And, as with any book Robert Elmer writes, readers will find themselves drawn into the story and challenged by the message. I recommend this book for anyone, not only young adults. My twelve year old son loves this series also.
  2. Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 12, 2009
    Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Orionna Hightowers shuttle, bound for her hometown of Corista, is hijacked and flown to a nearby way station. Before Orionna can figure out what happened, an Owling scribe begs her to protect a special Pilot Stone. She takes the stone, but a probe comes looking, and the scribe disappears before all her questions are answered. Orionna hurries back to the shuttle, is rushed aboard, and barely manages to sit down before the shuttle takes off and the way station is obliterated in a sudden blast of light.Orionna cant believe anyone would destroy a station before evacuating all the people. Over the next few days, she notices a lot of drastic changes in Corista. Her father, an Assembly Elder, is distant and refuses to tell Orionna what is going on. She visits him at work and meets his new advisor, Sola Minnik. At first Orionna is dazzled by the powerful woman who claims to want to help the Owlings. Sola asks Orionna to help, but Orionnas friends are skeptical. She struggles to discover the truth about what is going on in Corista, even if it means risking her own life.The Owling is the second book in the Shadowside Trilogy by Robert Elmer. This book was a fitting sequel, but stood very well on its own. Orionna and her friends are truly heroic as they search for truth. Even if they get a bit sidetracked at times, their inner goal is to do whats right. I like the way Elmer portrays the media in this book. The idea that people shouldnt always believe everything they see on the news, but seek out the truth for themselves. The Owling is a fun read that could spark some great discussions about trust, faith, and standing up for others.
  3. Stacey
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 12, 2008
    Stacey
    Robert Elmers The Owling is the creative and intelligently written sequel to Trion Rising. Teen heroine Oriannon returns in this action filled novel of hope for peace and difficult choices. She finds herself torn between Jesmet, her resurrected mentor and Sola, Head of Security for Corista. Both offer a solution for peace, but which will Oriannon choose to support?These Shadowside novels are wonderful. Robert Elmer engages his targeted audience and some adults as well. I am not much of a science fiction/fantasy fan, but I cant wait to see how this trilogy ends!
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Author: Robert Elmer
Submitted: October 06, 2008

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  The adventures continue, and this time Oriannon is in BIG trouble! I hope you enjoy reading this installment in the "Shadowside" series as much as I enjoyed writing it. My goal was to create "accessible" sci-fi -- in other words, fantasy for the rest of us, in a story we can all relate to. You'll continue to recognize the allegory, as well. But don't forget, there's more adventure to come after this one! Visit my web site at RobertElmerBooks.com for the latest about this series and others. -Robert

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