From the first page, Katherine Applegate’s eloquent writing stirs up the excitement of adventure to come. In the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra, animals live in an uneasy alliance with humans. After her pack is murdered by poachers, Byx is thought to be the last remaining dairnes, a dog-like species that glides like a bird, speaks, and is perceptive enough to tell the truth from a lie. She sets out on a journey to the icy cold north, holding tight to the rumor of an island hideout inhabited by others of her kind. Along the way, she learns just how treacherous humans can be in their quest for power over all other species, but she also creates alliances with a giant cat, a small and fiercely loyal wobbyk, a sword-wielding girl disguised as a boy, and an unexpectedly honest thief. Together they form an odd sort of family in their dangerous world. Full of sword fights, magic, and narrow escapes, Endling is a thrilling read, and Middle Grade readers are certain to be captivated by the world-building, the humorous dialogue, and most of all, by the remarkably drawn characters.— Jenny Chou
Summer 2018 Kids Indie Next List
“Rats, rats, rats...as I got closer to the end I realized this must be book #1 in a series! Byx is such a wonderful creative character (with her abilities of gliding and determining whether or not a speaker is lying) along with Tobble and his fierce loyalty to Byx. This book gives us much to think about and compare to today's world with taking care of creatures, (including humans) and the environment. I can't wait to read where their adventures will take them in the next book!”
— Nancy Gebhardt, The Twig Book Shop, San Antonio, TX
New York Times bestseller!
First Katherine Applegate thrilled readers with the action-packed Animorphs series. Then she stole our hearts with the award-winning The One and Only Ivan. Now she takes us on an unforgettable journey in this first book of an epic middle grade series!
Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra.
After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true.
Along the way, she meets new allies—both animals and humans alike—who each have their own motivations for joining her quest. And although they begin as strangers, they become their own kind of family—one that will ultimately uncover a secret that may threaten every creature in their world.
Building upon the success of her critically acclaimed novels such as The One and Only Ivan, Crenshaw, and Wishtree, while also returning to her action-packed fantasy roots of Animorphs, the Endling series is Katherine Applegate at her finest. With its enthralling characters, unique setting, and gripping adventure, this series is the perfect next read for fans of Rick Riordan, Brian Jacques, and Tui T. Sutherland.
Praise for Endling: ★ “Applegate effortlessly constructs her fantasy world, briskly moving readers through its imaginative details while creating winning, unique characters. This epic series starter is a bracing, propulsive read that will be a challenge to keep on the shelf.”
★ “Fantasy lovers are in for a treat with this smartly paced, enthralling adventure. The heart and courage Byx and her companions must find as they stand up against unimaginable odds will inspire and delight. A sweeping fantasy epic that will have readers clamoring for a follow-up.”
★ “Applegate skillfully builds a fully realized world of intrigue and wonder without ever letting up on the story’s quick pace. Themes of genocide, conservation, and magic are interwoven, providing thought-provoking questions for astute readers. A savvy choice for readers of fantasy.”
★ “A suspenseful, tautly drawn quest.”
“Endling: The Last blends careful and often lovely prose into a wild, fast-paced fantasy. Readers will fall in love with Byx and race with her through Nedarra, breathless and eager, thinking deeply all the way.”
“The first book in a new series, this volume will whet readers’ appetites for more of Byx’s fascinating world and the next stage of her quest. Give this to lovers of animal fantasies and environmentally minded readers.”
Praise for The One and Only Ivan: ★ “Will capture readers’ hearts and never let go. A must have.“
★ “Exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage.”
★ “Animal-loving youngsters and their adults will find plenty of food for thought in Ivan’s extraordinary story.”