Spirit Animals: Tales of the Great Beasts by Brandon Mull and Others.
This is the best and possibly last book in this series of fantasy adventure novels for primary and intermediate children and even higher age groups. I loved it.
It is five interlinked stories by five different authors. of the Great Beasts who fought the great battle to defeat Feliander, boy king of Stetriol who became known as the Devourer.
Set in Erdas an Earth like place with five continents and a sub continent it is a place where certain individuals of a young age are bonded in a natural way with a spirit animal for the common good. Now the balance has been change with the invention of Bile, a substance that can allow individuals to artificially bond with animals in a way that is destructive to the lands of Erdas.
Boy king Feliander is the first to take bile and bond with a crocodile. He changes from popular king to a vengeful tyrant hell bent on conquering the whole of Erdas.
The Great Beasts who are part of the natural order of things and keep the world in balance are drawn reluctantly into battle.
It is brilliant story telling that will enthrall the reader. Simply told, five different stories of Feliander and the four Great Beasts – the panda, the leopard. the wolf and the falcon. Outstanding.
The last chapter on the merits of war and the role of humans on this planet are prophetic indeed.
Go on get it and read it.