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ISBN13: 9780765317971
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Nestled between San Francisco and the heart of California wine country is the quiet community of Del Sombra. Among its many residents are Eliot and Fiona Post, twin fifteen-year-olds who want nothing more than to get out from under the oppressive force of their grandmother, Audrey. Audrey controls every aspect of Eliot and Fiona's lives: she homeschools them, forces them to work at a local pizzeria, even attempts to control their interests and actions through an ever-growing list of rules. On their fifteenth birthday, they learn why. They are the offspring of the eldest Immortal Fate, Atropos, and the Infernal Lucifer, and their very existence is a threat to an ancient neutrality treaty between gods and fallen angels.
 
When news of their existence hits each family, a cold war erupts, each side vying for control of this new breed. In order to establish their proper place and rightful allegiance, the Immortals and Infernals devise tests for Eliot and Fiona. The gods devise three heroic trials inspired by urban legends, taking them into deeper and more dangerous pockets of mythology incarnate in the modern world. The Infernals fashion three diabolical temptations for the children, each one an attempt to forever isolate brother from sister.
 
Eliot and Fiona will need to band together if they are to have any hope of staying alive, for allegiances are never quite what they seem in this ancient battle for supremacy. And they just may need to call  for their parents' help if they hope to stop these secret worlds from exploding into an end-all battle...

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"Fifteen-year-old twins Eliot and Fiona Post are, unbeknownst to them, descended from two age-old warring dynasties. Their oppressive grandmother, Audrey, hides them from the political machinations of their centuries-old, magic-wielding relatives by making their lives as mundane and boring as possible, an expedient that leaves them predictably miserable. The opening chapters share the sluggish pace of the Posts' life in dull Del Sombra, Calif., and even several impossible events at first fail to penetrate the twins' belief in the utter normalcy of their family. Fortunately, the characterization of Eliot and Fiona is lively and realistic, and Nylund (Halo: Ghosts of Onyx) rewards readers willing to slog through the first of the twins' three magical trials with a sparkling and complicated story filled with dangerous, intriguing events and characters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The New York Times bestselling author of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and A Game of Universe blends urban and epic fantasy as ancient mythology shows its face in our modern world

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and A Game of Universe blends urban and epic fantasy as ancient mythology shows its face in our modern world

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and A Game of Universe blends urban and epic fantasy as ancient mythology shows its face in our modern world

Synopsis:

Nothing exciting ever happened to fifteen-year-old orphans Eliot and Fiona, who are trapped in the strict, oppressive household of their grandmother. A chance visit, however, reveals that the twins are the offspring of a goddess and Lucifer, Prince of Darkness.

To settle the epic custody battle between these two families, the fallen angels create three diabolical temptations and the gods fashion three heroic trials to test Eliot and Fiona. The twins need to quickly learn how to use their budding supernatural abilities . . . for family allegiances are ever-shifting in the ancient, secret world they have entered, and only by sticking together will they be able to survive!

About the Author

ERIC NYLUND's novels include: A Signal Shattered and Signal To Noise, Pawn’s Dream, Dry Water (nominated for the World Fantasy Award), A Game of Universe, as well as three novels based in the Halo video game universe: Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: First Strike, and the New York Times bestseller Halo: Ghosts of Onyx.  He lives near Seattle on a rain-drenched mountain with his wife, Syne Mitchell.

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deereman_miley, November 4, 2009 (view all comments by deereman_miley)
Let me first say that I am a long time fan of Nylund’s, so know that when I started reading this Mortal Coils I was rather biased. But I’m not writing this review for the people who have never heard of Nylund, but for the throngs of Halo fans out there that are afraid Mortal Coils sucks because it’s not another Halo book. Let’s dispel that lie right now; Mortal Coils is amazing.

To be honest, like most people, I was rather upset when I first found out that Mortal Coils was not another Halo novel. After all, that is what got me reading Nylund’s work. But the action that Ghost of Onyx did, Coils does better. The origin story that the Fall of Reach did, Coils does better. Mortal Coils surpasses everything else in every way. Which is saying a lot considering Onyx is one of my all time favorite books.

I bought Coils when it first came out but it took me a while before I got around to reading it (even longer before I wrote its long overdue review). I have to say I absolutely loved it. The words captured me from the first page; it was as if every sentence dripped with Nylund’s love for his story; from the descriptions to the twists to the dialog to the capturing of the awkward-yet-hilariousness of being a teenager. This is truly amazing stuff.

But what makes this tale ever greater, is it culmination of all mythologies. Now, I’m not mythology buff, but I am a fan. And the way Nylund ties so much popular lore together is astounding. Also, I was thoroughly impressed with Nylund’s skill at not making anything too gratuitous or over-the-top; there’s not much cussing and there’s no sex. But the amazing part is, you don’t miss any of that stuff because of how intense this story is and how artistically it is written.

This is by far my favorite book of the years and a great read/buy for anyone.

Here’s to hoping the sequel, All That Lives Must Die, can live up to the awesome potential laid out by its predecessor.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765317971
Author:
Nylund, Eric
Publisher:
Tor Books
Author:
Nylund, Eric S.
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Twins
Subject:
Teenagers
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1.354 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fifteen-year-old twins Eliot and Fiona Post are, unbeknownst to them, descended from two age-old warring dynasties. Their oppressive grandmother, Audrey, hides them from the political machinations of their centuries-old, magic-wielding relatives by making their lives as mundane and boring as possible, an expedient that leaves them predictably miserable. The opening chapters share the sluggish pace of the Posts' life in dull Del Sombra, Calif., and even several impossible events at first fail to penetrate the twins' belief in the utter normalcy of their family. Fortunately, the characterization of Eliot and Fiona is lively and realistic, and Nylund (Halo: Ghosts of Onyx) rewards readers willing to slog through the first of the twins' three magical trials with a sparkling and complicated story filled with dangerous, intriguing events and characters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestselling author of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and A Game of Universe blends urban and epic fantasy as ancient mythology shows its face in our modern world
"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestselling author of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and A Game of Universe blends urban and epic fantasy as ancient mythology shows its face in our modern world
"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestselling author of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and A Game of Universe blends urban and epic fantasy as ancient mythology shows its face in our modern world

"Synopsis" by ,

Nothing exciting ever happened to fifteen-year-old orphans Eliot and Fiona, who are trapped in the strict, oppressive household of their grandmother. A chance visit, however, reveals that the twins are the offspring of a goddess and Lucifer, Prince of Darkness.

To settle the epic custody battle between these two families, the fallen angels create three diabolical temptations and the gods fashion three heroic trials to test Eliot and Fiona. The twins need to quickly learn how to use their budding supernatural abilities . . . for family allegiances are ever-shifting in the ancient, secret world they have entered, and only by sticking together will they be able to survive!

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