The First by Katherine Applegate (Endling #2)
English | 2019 | Young adult | ePUB |2.4 Mb
The Ending: The First: To learn if she truly is the last dairne in the world—the endling—Byx and her friends must travel into the snow-covered mountains of the country of Dreyland, where they hope to uncover the truth behind the legend of a hidden dairne colony. But the threat of war across the lands continues to grow with each passing day.
As the group confronts untold dangers at every turn, they will ultimately uncover a treacherous plot that involves the other powerful governing species. With both her dreams and all the creatures of Nedarra on the brink of extinction, Byx and her friends are determined to never give up hope.
Soon they find themselves the unlikely leaders in a simmering rebellion that risks everything they hold dear. Byx may be the last of her kind, but will she also be the first to lead the revolution?
“They’re rather pretty,” said Tobble, the little wobbyk who’d become my closest friend. He had foxlike features in a round face, with a protruding belly, huge oval ears, and wide, dark eyes. His three tails, newly braided—an important rite of passage in wobbyk culture—were tied at the end with a strip of leather.
We watched, mesmerized by the way the red-and-gray birds wheeled and swirled, circling like debris caught in a whirlwind. “They congregate near mining areas and villages,” Renzo said. “When they snatch a purse or satchel filled with gems, they head south and unload it on pirate ships. In return, the pirates give them fresh catch.” He shrugged. “As a thief, I have to admire their style.”
“Why not just fish for themselves?” I asked.
“The same reason pirates don’t work as farmers and merchants,” Renzo said. “Thievery is much more entertaining.”
“I’d hoped to pause and eat here,” Khara said, surveying the area. “You think it’s safe?”
“Safe enough,” Renzo said. “As long as we don’t let our guard down. And we do need some rest.”
“I wouldn’t mind a little avian snack,” said Gambler, following the razorgulls with his pale blue felivet eyes. A sleek black catlike predator, Gambler had delicate white facial stripes and not-so-delicate deadly claws. “Or just about any kind of snack. Think I’ll explore this meadow and see what I come up with.”