Mines of the Minotaur

Mines of the Minotaur The clock continued to tick calmly in the hall out of step with the stormy sea of panic surging inside Connie She could make no sense of this How had she ended up on the beach She felt a hum in her b
  • Title: Mines of the Minotaur
  • Author: Julia Golding
  • ISBN: 9780761453024
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mines of the Minotaur
    The clock continued to tick calmly in the hall, out of step with the stormy sea of panic surging inside Connie She could make no sense of this How had she ended up on the beach She felt a hum in her bones as if she had been meeting with some powerful creature But what beast or being had the power to draw her out of her house without her knowing about it And what had The clock continued to tick calmly in the hall, out of step with the stormy sea of panic surging inside Connie She could make no sense of this How had she ended up on the beach She felt a hum in her bones as if she had been meeting with some powerful creature But what beast or being had the power to draw her out of her house without her knowing about it And what had happened when they were together Thirteen year old Connie Lionheart is the only Universal Companion, able to communicate with all the mythical creatures hidden in our world She is the most important member of a secret society sworn to protect the bonds between humans and creatures But her power brings great responsibility and great danger.
    Mines of the Minotaur By Julia Golding,

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    My journey to becoming an author has been a roundabout one, taking in many other careers I grew up on the edge of Epping Forest and was that dreamy kind of child who was always writing stories After reading English at Cambridge, I decided to find out as much as I could about the wider world so joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland My work as a diplomat took me from the high point of town twinning in the Tatra Mountains to the low of inspecting the bottom of a Silesian coal mine.On leaving Poland, I exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford I then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of conflict on civilians living in war zones a cause about which I still feel very passionate.Married with three children, I now live in Oxford between two rivers, surrounded by gargoyles, beautiful sandstone buildings and ancient trees.My first novel, The Diamond of Drury Lane , won the Waterstone s Children s Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children s Book Prize 2006 formerly known as the Smarties Prize I was also chosen by Waterstone s in 2007 as one of their Twenty five authors for the future In the US, Secret of the Sirens won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award My latest series, which starts with Mel Foster and the Demon Butler, about an intrepid Victorian orphan who lives in a household of monsters, won Bronze in the Primary Teacher awards in 2015 The next part, Mel Foster and the Time Machine, has set the time dial to arrive in 2016.

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  • Mines of the Minotaur The Companions Quartet 3 , 2008, Julia Golding 3 1390 392 9786002511553 3 21 Characters Connie Lionheart 11 year old girl , Colin Col Clamworthy 11 year old boy , Skylark A young Pegasus , Evelyn Lionheart Connie s Aunt , Lavinia Clamworthy Col s Grandmother , Aneena Nuruddin Connie s best friend , Jane Benedict Connie s best friend , Mack Clamworthy Col s father , Dr Brock Society member , Jessica Moss Society member , Ivor Coddrington Society member , Shirley Masterson So [...]


  • Rated 3.5 stars but I ll be generous since there s dragons even if they didn t do anything This installment provides us with some deep Connie reflection as we quite literally dive into her mind However, I didn t quite like Connie as much in this book While I understand that this book is about learning to accept oneself and others, both good and bad, the writing was not as compelling as the previous book.There was, once again, quite a deal of self pity aka this is like the dreaded 2nd book in a t [...]


  • I love the characters I love the plot The language is clear and focused But as the series progresses the focus changes from the magical creatures to global warming propaganda It loses the story for me and I may not finish the series for that reason I feel as though I am being indoctrinated on the evil sin of mankind to 1 exist 2 need places to live and 3 shove out animals to accomplish 1 and 2 I am all about responsible use of the environment but I read books to escape the problems of the world, [...]


  • Eco fantasy Companions Quartet continues Like books 1 and 2, Golding takes readers into the world of many creatures believed to be mythical and the human companions that they bond with These partnerships form the Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures Members of this society continue a centuries old determination to preserve beings such as pegasi, dragons, and banshees along with the world that all must live in Connie, a girl with the unique ability to bond with all fantastic beings, m [...]



  • Book three of the Companions Quartet A very slow moving volume More than anything, it explores the nature and purpose of a Universal and in particular, how Connie must deal with her unique gift and the threat that she poses to everyone because of Kullervo s connection to her At 13, Connie is raising dangerous storms in her sleep Afraid to let anyone know that something is working through her unconsciously and wreaking havoc, Connie makes Col, who found her asleep on the shore after creating a st [...]


  • Okay, so the drama of Connie Lionheart continues in the 3rd book of the Companions Quartet, an eco fantasy series about an english society, the Society of the Protection of Magical Creatures, known in the book at The Society Every member of the society has a creature that they are bonded with, such as unicorns, pegasi, dragons, and other such fantastic beasts Your special breed of bondage is called your Companion Species i ve always wanted to use that phrasefantastic beasts Connie, is a Universa [...]


  • MY TAKE I think this story focuses on accepting all aspects of your life, both good and bad This is evident in the discovery of the Companions that were banished to the caves, living along because they were wounded, maimed, unwanted I love Sentinel the Centaur, self appointed new Guardian to the Universal It was heart breaking to see what segregation and shame can turn you into It was sad that Sentinel s eye wasn t able to heal, but I loved that Connie helped them all work together to heal each [...]


  • La historia est buena buena, tierna, una monada Hasta me dieron ganas de abrazar a un minotauro El estilo de redacci n de Julia Golding se conserva claro y sencillo, lo que me gusta mucho Siempre lejos de los sinuosos textos de los autores m s estilizados y de las lecturas m s densas cu l debe trat ndose de un libro para edades de 10 y m s A rega adientes reconozco que no dej de sentir a toda la obra como una mera lectura de transici n Es decir, que a n con un argumento auto concluyente, sigue s [...]


  • First off let me say that Mr Corridington however you spell his name needs to seriously stop hating on Connie He s been doing that from the start, trying to get her in trouble and expelled her from the society He got what he deserved HMPH Anyway, Mines of the Minitaur counties Connie s journey as a universal as she faces a dangerous force in her mind that threatens to take over her But with the help of friends, can Connie find out what s causing her strange behavior And how can she get rid if it [...]


  • Mines of the Minotaur was always my least favourite of all the four books But now that I ve read it again, I feel like I appreciate this one that I did before.Yes, this is definitely the most angsty of all four books, but I really like how it brings forward all the different qualities of the characters.The plot evolved differently in this book than the others, the conflict is emotional and doesn t really require quite as much fighting and diplomacy as the others.One of the things I really like [...]


  • In this third book of the companions quartet, Connie finds that she can t control her powers and that she is causing raging storms that almost causes her friends to die But from there it only gets worse she faces the problem when a new trustee is voted in a trustee who is intent on getting rid of because she is supposedly dangerous In this book, Connie finds herself in a battle of wills to prove that she can still be a part of the Society.


  • Summary Connie is dealing with her battles with Kullervo who has forged a bond with her He continues to control her as her powers are growing out of control She is expelled from school and is sent to her Great Aunt In the process, she runs across a Minotaur The Minotaur helps her deal with her inner demons and save creatures in the process.My thoughts I am partial to character development This is the first time that we really get to know Connie We discover, along with Connie, all of her strength [...]


  • Connie is facing her darkest test yet Kullervo has forged a bond in her mind, and she can t help but follow his orders when her defenses are at their weakest It is only with the help of her friends and their companions that she can make it through, and thankfully many come to her aid just as she needs them Connie and Col are growing up, and a future romance is hinted at but not yet explored I really enjoyed this one, as Connie was struggling and not everything worked out the way it should A cert [...]


  • In another one of my favorite book series, Connie Lionheart is back Now, she s been expelled from the Society by her enemy, accused of voluntarily summoning storms and trying to kill Col and Dr Brock Connie starts a journey deep into her mental labyrinth with a minotaur to find out what is wrong with her Meanwhile, a windfarm is being built, much to the complaints of the High Flyers And, of course, Kullervo is lurking in the shadows, waiting for Connie This was another great book that took me fa [...]


  • I m baffled I don t know what to rate this It was an okay book I enjoyed the first two books of the series so I thought I d read this one I wasn t disappointed We explored of Connie s adventures or of lack of adventure She s been banished from the society because their leader view spoiler Mr Coddrington, that loser, he is hide spoiler thought that she was summoning dangerous storms Really, Connie was never fully conscious when she created those storms, but that didn t convince anyone Unfortuna [...]


  • I haven t read the earlier two books yet I couldn t find them in the library , but I still found the concepts in the book fascinating My favorite part was the beginning, when Connie summoned the horses from the ocean in the middle of the tempest Then they talked about different magical creatures that had bonded with people which I thought was a pretty cool idea, kinda promoting having pets or animal companions, only with magical creatures Kinda makes me wish the creatures were real.Nevertheless [...]


  • I m starting to like this series as it progresses The characters and their relationships become complex as the series progresses, and the themes become darker This is particularly true of this volume, in which the protagonist must come to terms with the fact that everyone, including she, holds darkness within the labyrinth of her mind, and that she must not only lean on others to navigate this darkness, but allow them in quite literally in this book s plot so that they can fend off evil.


  • Easily my favourite book in my favourite series It is the perfect blend of the mythical and real worlds, and Coddrington is an excellent villain Rat is a one of my favourite characters in this book, even though I found him a bit annoying in the Gorgons Gaze Connie and Col are both growing up, and you see far of the amazing world that Julia Golding has created I won t say much because of spoilers, but you won t regret reading this book.


  • Marginally better than book two, Mines of the Minotaur explores the aftermath of Connie s joining with Kullervo in the last book She finds herself unwittingly letting her powers out in dangerous ways that threaten the society This plot was much better than book two, but unfortunately the author still feels the need to include inappropriate language references such as hell as an expletive It looks like I won t be adding this series to the classroom library after all.


  • Appropriate for age 12 You will like this book if you like Fantasy, mythological creaturesI enjoyed this sequel, although it s of the same of her being outcast from the Society because she s different There s a important lesson about telling the truth and it has a lot of other good messages.


  • I just started this book yesterday, September 19, 2011, monday It s the 3rd of the series of The Companions Quartet, the first 2 being The Secrets of the Sirens, and The Gorgon s Gaze Enjoyed the first 2 Might buy the series.


  • not as much action and adventure but happily not as much protect the environment litany this one was definitely written for a middle school or younger crowd I couldn t help but hope for romance like a ya novel.


  • Connie has mysteriously been summoning storms and when Mr Coddrington finds out he bans her from the society She can t see any of her friends and discovers other creatures in need who say they need her help Somehow she has to return to the society and save the hurt companions.


  • I ve read this series twice now and I would have to say that this book and the 4th book The Chimeras Curse are my favorite books in the series Though the 1st Secret Of the Sirens and the 2nd The Gorgons Gaze are really good too The books in the series in general are all good.


  • This series is surprising me I started reading them based on a recommendation from a friend Each book gets a bit weirder and better So far, this one is my favorite Very unique premise and definitely not anything out right now is like it All of them are pretty quick reads.


  • I think this is my favorite of this series so far I love caves and mines and the Minatour was awesome It was good to see everyone rally for Connie and there was some insight to some of the creatures that we haven t seen yet.


  • Third in this series, I was glad to see that the story didn t stagnate and that the characters are evolving I cannot wait for my son to finish Harry Potter I think he ll really enjoy this series too.


  • I still really like Julia Golding s books Connie is getting into and adventure and excitment as this series goes on I really like this idea about modern times crossed with mytical creatures.


  • I really liked the twist in this story These twists keep each installment from being the same and the characters grow some I appreciate the environmental message as well though I can see where some young adults could get turned off by it depending on their age and how they see global warming.


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