Douglas and his friends defeated Puarata the tohunga makutu they thought they d won the war Instead they started one Now his warlocks are fighting for supremacy in a violent struggle spreading across the magical land of Aotearoa and into our world The outcome will be determined by the taniwha Mat has promised to save But Mat is about to discover no one can be when your nemies have already mastered powers he has barely begun to learn Can loyalty and friendship prevail over old vil Really I should have been reading one of several other books that I ve challenged myself to finish this month but something compelled my fingers to search for this title on the library website and reserve a copy The thing is if I wasn t compelled in this strange manner the book could have been on my to read list for years before it neared the top or I would have had to do some creative thinking to find a way for it to meet another challenge s criteria which I could have done if I d put my mind to itThis is a great follow on from The Bone Tiki Mat has been focusing on his schoolwork and half hoping he doesn t have to have anything to "do with the other world he discovered But on the way to a holiday with father and mother for the first " with the other world he discovered But on the way to a holiday with father and mother for the first since they separated and with Mat s hopes that this might lead to reconciliation he s once again drawn in to the land of myths and legend And it shows immediately that his lders should have been spending time training him most Friends So Different Essays On Canada And The United States In The 1980s especially in discernment Mat is too trusting but he s almost desperate for some real guidanceMat s friend Riki is a key player in this story in the first book he only had a part at the beginning And there s another lad who Riki draws into it Then there are a couple of girls a beauty and a geek an oldnemy a new nemy and a man who might be his mentor in the next book of the series There s a tale of betrayal in both Mat s life and in the taniwha s story and there s plenty of action David Hair mixes the historical mythological and the present in an xciting tale told mostly through the Snare experience of a teenage boy seeing things as he d see them understanding or not people in a teenaged boy s way and growing and learning through it all Lots of fun Finding there was a follow on to The Bone Tiki was great David Hair manages to weave Maori myths into a modern land covering another great legend and bringing it alive a mythological world of Aotearoa that again I couldnt put downLoved getting insight into other characters and having them along for the journey as wellMy only comment is please let us have some strong female characters in the future why must they all be flawedI dearly hope there is a third book in the series I m off to find it. Out to discover no one can be trusted when yournemies have already mastered powers he has barely begun to learn Can loyalty and friendship prevail over centuries old vil. .
As good if not better than the first book in the series I sometimes wonder about how the female characters are portrayed the book is a bit Rowling sue in its use of girls who are ither beautiful and mentallyemotionallymorally flawed or unattractive yet intelligent confident and resourceful It would be nice to break away from these archetypes a bit Nevertheless it s a fantastic story and a great follow up to The Bone Tiki I m looking forward to starting book three I decided to read this book because it looked interesting how a new Zealand author can create a uniue Maori Fantasy And AdventureThis Fantasy And AdventureThis and adventureThis comes under the category a book written by a new zealanderWhat I liked about this book is David hair has created an pic adventure with mythical Maori tales and stories and made them into a thrilling adventure involving war magic Winters Rising evil and above all a taniwhaWhat I didn t like about this book is that you have to be well aware of all the maori myths and legends before reading this book orlse you may not understand some of the major vents and charactersI would recommend the book for ages 10 and up as long as you have at least a basic knowledge of Maori myths and legends Again really njoyed the interwoven characters from Aotearoa and New Zealand Looking forward to the third book too This one started a little slow but once it got going Wow Once again Hair has crafted a terrific thriller with some new nasties Matiu really has to struggle to get out of this pickle I love the techno wizz nerd girl A great new character Taniwha s Tear is the seuel to The Bone Tiki a brilliant novel where we were introduced to Mat Douglas a sort of M ori Harry Potter Where the Bone Tiki
KEPT MAT AS A SIMPERING JUVENILEMat as a simpering juvenile OK not uite that harsh but basically while his warrior protector Wiri did all the work Taniwha s Tear drops Kelly and Wiri and leaves Mat on his own to face his Caterpillar Summer enemies and contend with dubious allies The story begins when Mat is asked to free a Taniwha trapped forternity without access to NZ s waterways and is suitably action packed and full of suspense Tragedy is also present and the bittersweet nding shows that Hair s writing skill surpasses most in this field The Taniwha s Tear is David Hair s second fantasy novel xploring the world of New Zealand Maori fae and again this author really knows how to throw in a mind blowing nding There is nothing at all anti climatic about the way this story concludes and I hope that the series carry s on as Mat continues to grow in his powers and we learn about this mythical world of the fae called AotearoaI am so glad we get to see of Riki in this story the kid with the taiaha skills uick wit and horrid sense of humour is the vessel for some. When Matiu Douglas and his friends defeated Puarata the tohunga makutu they thought they’d won the war Instead they started one Now his warlocks are fighting for supremac. Wonderful one liners that play on stereotypes and the Kiwi sense of national pride one trip to the otherworldly Aotearoa where they re xploring an historical settler town that s a little rough inspires you wouldn t think we were the first country in the world to give women the vote seeing this place He s just such a delightful character and like all the good guys Tends T Again A Competent Fantasy The Characterisation Is Not t Again a competent fantasy The characterisation is not greatest I hope it will improve as the series progresses Mat hero of The Bone Tiki finds himself mbroiled in vents triggered by the death of Puarata Rival sorcerers tohunga makutu are struggling to fill the power vacuum left by Puarata s death Mat promises an old woman that he will free her daughter who was turned into a taniwha centuries ago The opportunity to free the taniwha is the Mitte Der Welt event that draws all the sorcerers who wish to harness it as a slave Through misunderstandings Mat is manipulated to almost turning over the taniwha to them Along the way he finds and loses his first girlfriend and learns that he has friends that he thoughtMat s character is developing but his relationship with girlfriend Lena is awkward The author does not seem very comfortable portraying female characters and giving Lena such a prominent role in the story creates problems for him Lena along with the other females geeky Cassandra Matt s uber Irish mother Colleen baddy Donna Kyle does notmerge as a real person Mat however is developing as a person I hope that his friendships with Riki Damien and Cassandra are teased out further in the next instalments in the seriesAs with The Bone Tiki the world building is ffective Once again the action switches between New Zealand as it
EXISTS TODAY AND THE MYTHICAL AOTEAROAtoday and the mythical Aotearoa and his friends are hampered by soldiers who fought in the American civil war and helped by the ponaturi sea fairies One area that is seriously underdeveloped is the idea that Mat straddles two worlds the Maori of his father who has the Celtic surname Douglasand the Celtic represented by his Irish mother Colleen So far the Celtic side is represented by Mr Jones Welsh who speaks a language that Riki Damien and Cassandra think sounds like Gaelic how would they know Welsh is related to Gaelic in much the same way that Samoan is related to Maori I presume that Mat s stranged parents will not reconcile until he has recociled the two parts of his heritage But I suggest respectfully that the author swats up on his Celtic mythology This instalment is set around Gisborne Wairoa and Lake Waikaremoana parts of New Zealand I know The description of these areas is accurate Die Kurden Geschichte Politik Kultur Beck Paperback enough but not overly detailed Osler s Bakery doesxist though and their pies are really good When Matiu. Y in a violent struggle spreading across the magical land of Aotearoa and into our world The outcome will be determined by the taniwha Mat has promised to saveBut Mat is ab.