Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
The cover of the first edition.
|Series||The Underland Chronicles|
|1 September 2004|
|LC Class||PZ7.C6837 Gre 2004|
|Preceded by||Gregor the Overlander|
|Followed by||Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods|
Several months have passed since the events of the first novel. Gregor is determined never go back, but another prophecy predicts otherwise, this one about an ominous white rat called the Bane. The Underlanders lure Gregor back by kidnapping his little sister, Boots. Gregor is reunited him with his bondmate, Ares, and the rebellious princess, Luxa, and together they descend into the dangerous Waterway in search of the Bane.
The Prophecy of Bane
If Under Fell, If Over Leaped,
If Life was Death, if Death Life Reaped,
Something Rises From the gloom
To Make The Underland A Tomb.
Hear It Scratching Down Below,
Rat Of Long-Forgotten Snow,
Evil Cloaked In Coat Of White
Will The Warrior Drain Your Light?
What Could Turn the Warrior Weak?
What Do Burning Gnawers Seek?
Just A Barely Speaking Pup
Who Holds The Land Of Under Up.
Die The Baby, Die His Heart,
Die His Most Essential Part.
Die The Peace That Rules The Hour.
Gnawers Have Their Key To Power
Like the first book, Prophecy of Bane received critical acclaim. April Irick, an Amazon Book Critic praised the book, saying that, "The stories are dark... almost constant action. The dialogue is also great." Carl E. Ahlm of Amazon said, "I am impressed by the themes that are evolving in these books: violence and war, the lust for power, conflicts between "groups" who are "different," and thus, it speaks to tolerance. Collins fills the reader with angst, as the book is filled with intense emotions: deaths, traps, threats, betrayal, frustration, questionable alliances, compassion, and cruelty."
Geek Girls praised the novel, saying that "The world that Collins has created is amazing. She has managed to weave a tale in which creatures that are classically seen as evil or disgusting (rats, spiders, bats, etc) are seen as friends. Not an easy feat."
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