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Vespers Rising

Vespers Rising


Vespers Rising

ratings:
4.5/5 (100 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Released:
Apr 5, 2011
ISBN:
9780545359474
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Defend the Clues
Fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, thought they could return to their
regular lives when they found the 39 Clues that safeguard their family’s great power. But they
were wrong. Powerful enemies – the Vespers – have been waiting in the shadows. And they’ll
stop at nothing to grab the Clues. Four powerhouse authors unite to expose the 500-year-old
secret struggle between the Cahills and the Vespers. The Vespers are rising . . . and the world
is in jeopardy.
Released:
Apr 5, 2011
ISBN:
9780545359474
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (5/5)
    I loved how the authors combined the stories and how the suspense made me read on. I loved how each person had their own exiting part
  • (4/5)
    The way the authors of this series blend fact with fiction is absolutely astounding to me. I feel compelled to look up every little "fact" stated to see if it's true or simply part of the Cahill canon, but I stop myself because I REFUSE to destroy the temporary suspension of disbelief with this series (at least until I've finished it).
  • (3/5)
    The best part of this book? Seeing which parts each author wrote (it was noted at the top of each chapter). Beyond that? I could have done without this installment. I didn't mind it, it just was... unremarkable. It's clear that the book was written to set up the next cycle of the 39 Clues books (the new 'Cahills vs. Vespers' series), so there was no forward progression, just piles of back story. Even the 'present day' chapters felt like back story. That said, I'll be giving the new series a try, so I guess this one wasn't a total waste. Just... disappointing.
  • (4/5)
    Maybe for more mature audiences, but I loved this story that gave us some history on the Cahills and set up the Vespers for the next series. We meet Gideon Cahill, his daughter Madeline and get a glimpse of Grace Cahill during WWII when she first begins her adventures.
  • (5/5)
    This is one of my all time favorite series for kids and young adults. Originally the series was set to end with book ten Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I was very pleased when I learned that the series would continue, if in a slightly different direction. This series is an excellent way to introduce younger readers to figures from history. Last spring I used one of the original 10 books with a lesson comparing/contrasting historical fiction with historical fact.What I liked about this book: In this book the reader learns more of the backstory about the 39 Clues. We learn how it all started. We also get to learn a little more about Grace Cahill. In fact, I would like to read a lot more about her. What I didn't like about the book: I liked it all.This is an all around great read. It's a good series for readers who like mysteries and fiction. The books are just the right length to hold a reluctant reader's attention and to keep a bookworm wanting more.Recommended for 3rd grade and up.Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5
  • (4/5)
    I'm not sure whether to consider this the 11th book of the 39 clues series or the 1st book of a new series. The Cahill family's search for the 39 clues wrapped up at the end of book 10. But in this book, Dan and Amy Cahill learn that their biggest concern is not other members of the Cahill family, but a family known as the Vespers. The Vespers and the Cahills have been enemies for hundreds of years. In [Vespers Rising], each of the four authors gives us some background about the two families at different points in history. The book was not as action packed as some in the series, but it provided a good foundation for upcoming books. According to Amazon, [The 39 Clues: Cahills versus Vespers Book 1: The Medusa Plot] will be out on August 30. I'm hoping my son will still want me to read this aloud to him. Otherwise, I'll be reading it on my own - I am hooked!
  • (4/5)
    This is a series of stories about the matriarchs in the Madrigal line of Cahills. Short stories about Olivia, the mother of the five branches, Madeleine, the first Madrigal, and Grace, Amy and Dan's grandmother, are the most interesting things in the 39 clues series yet. The final story, with Amy becoming the new caretaker of a family heirloom, is more of the over the top chase scenes readers are accustomed to. It lacks the feeling of the first three stories, but makes up for it in action and tying the past, and the rivalry with the Vespers, into the current line. The first three stories stand alone as a prequel to the whole series, though they may give away a few minor details. If you have not read this series yet, this would be a good place to start before going back to fill in what you missed.
  • (5/5)
    another excellent entry in the 39 clues series. the game has changed and it's more interesting and exciting than ever.
  • (4/5)
    Eh I’m not sure what i should rate it
  • (4/5)
    Végre a végére értem A 39. kulcs sorozatnak.
    Igazából ennek a résznek nem sok köze volt a sorozathoz, arra volt jó, hogy bevezessék a Vespereket, és a spin-off sorozatokat (, amikből jó sok van, ahogy néztem). Mindenesetre engem annyira nem érdekel a történet, hogy azokat is elolvassam.
    Ebben a kötetben négy darab történet van, amik más embereket más időpontokban mutat meg. Jó volt látni például az egész Cahill mizéria kiindulását, és több koron át követhettük, hogyan alakultak a sorsok, illetve hol kerültek képbe a Vesperek.
    Igazából tetszett, jó volt kicsit más szereplők szemszögéből is látni a dolgokat.
  • (5/5)
    It was interesting and fun to listen too.

    #love scribd
  • (4/5)
    Good way to start the new series, can't wait to read the new series
  • (4/5)
    I was excited when I realized that the 39 Clues continued in a new series with the Cahills vs. the Vespers. However, I realize now that this first book is just a bridge between the old series and the new series - giving background of how the Cahill branches separated and what they're fighting for now.Good bridge, not great book.
  • (5/5)
    I loved the whole series! It was great!
  • (3/5)
    This book is a bridge between the main 39 Clues series and the new series, Cahills vs. Vespers. It contains four stories, each taking place at a different point in time, that explain key events of how the two families are linked. In the first one, we also see how the four siblings who give the names to four Cahill branches grow apart and how Gideon Cahill dies.

    Out of the four stories, the important ones are the first one and the last one. The other two are nice, but not particularly important. As I haven't started the new series yet, I don't know if those two stories may be important later though.

    As the stories are so short, there isn't much character development in any, except for the last, which is the only one with Amy and Dan in it. I liked to see how Amy finally starts acting as a leader. It was something that was hinted in the first ten books, but she finally realises that she can't run away and that they will have to train instead of relying so much on luck.

    There was one thing that felt a bit like a plot hole in this book, but I hope that it's explained in the series. Several members of the Cahill family have been following the clues for a while, but none of them have noticed that the Vespers were after the same clues? Also, how is it that the ring was never mentioned until now? As it's shown in Grace's story, the Vespers know of it and want to get it, so it's reasonable to think that the different Cahill branches know if it as well. It would be rather stupid not to spy on your enemies too, if you've been spying on your own family for centuries. Obviously, the easiest explanation is that the writers hadn't though of this new plot yet, but I hope to see an in-story explanation.
  • (5/5)
    This book was so exciting!! You never know what is gonna happen. Ever chapter seems to hold a new story.

    You’ll figure out a lot more about the Magrilguls (Mage-ril-guls) then you would have ever guessed.
  • (1/5)
    the very last book and I can't get it past the third chapter. I've done everything I can and contacted support but they always want me to jump through hoops that will ruin and delete other apps that I need to have bookmarks and cash things in them so I can't clear my cache just for a book.
  • (4/5)
    Although identified as the eleventh book in the 39 clues series, this novel is more of a transition story, setting the stage for the upcoming Vespers series. Book 10 covered the climax of the hunt, and Amy and Dan's success, and the secret of the 39 clues finally being revealed. Vespers Rising does touch base with Amy and Dan, but firsts describes a few historical episodes that show the Cahills are not the only powerful and dangerous family shaping history. The story winds time back to the medieval era to introduce Damien Vesper, a ruthless and ambitious man. When the reader meets Damien he is awaiting a visit from Gideon Cahill, one of his only friends. Nonetheless, Damien is considering killing him, and even has a trap positioned to do so if necessary. He knows Gideon has been keeping a secret from him. Gideon arrives, and the omniscient third-person point of view allows the reader to learn Gideon's secret before Damien: Gideon has discovered a serum that makes a man faster, smarter, stronger. Unfortunately, the formula is unstable, and is killing Gideon. Damien triggers his trap, but Gideon springs clear, revealing to his once friend that his abilities are sharper, almost super human. The men part ways under the guise of their former friendship, but each one views the other as a mortal enemy. Gideon returns home to his wife and four children, and makes plans to escape Damien's attack that is sure to strike soon. He reveals part of the secret to his children, and gives each of them a portion of the serum, triggering, although he doesn't foresee this, the rivalry between the four Cahill branches that is to come. Sadly, Damien moves even more quickly than Gideon anticipates. His wife and children barely escape the house before Gideon incinerates his lab and home, destroying himself and all evidence of the serum. The legendary Cahill fire has occurred. The tale is told with no chapter breaks, and switches from Damien to Gideon's perspective, ending with Olivia Cahill's point of view as she tries to regroup after her husband's death. It is basically a novella, describing the origins of the break in the Cahill family, and retrofitting the history described in the original series to introduce the Vespers as being there from the beginning. The rest of the novel follows the same pattern: three more novellas, covering various points of Cahill history and showing how the Cahills and Vespers are entwined. The second story is about Olivia's daughter Madeleine, who was unknown to the other Cahills at the time of the fire. Her mother trains her to be a smart and cunning fighter, which comes in handy when her mother is found by Damien Vesper and killed, in yet another fire. Those Cahills are haunted by fires. Madeleine then seeks out her brother Lucian, is nearly killed, and realizes that her goals of reuniting the family and keeping the branches from discovering the full formula is a long game, maybe even longer than her lifetime. She also identifies herself as a Madrigal at the end of the tale. The third novella jumps forward in time to Grace Cahill as a young girl. Her mother has recently died, her father has basically abandoned his family, and Grace is trying to raise her young brother by herself. In the midst of these burdens arrives a secret message which Grace intercepts. The Morse code was meant for her father, but Grace realizes that he has dropped his Cahill responsibilities just like he dropped his family. Despite her young age, she decides to take on the Cahill legacy herself, and flies off on her first secret mission, in the middle of World War II. She succeeds in her task, besting a Vesper adversary in the process. All of these tales are tragic, and operate as origin stories. The fire and sundering of the Cahill families, Madeleine's formation of the Madrigal branch, and Grace Cahill's introduction into a very successful life as one of the most skillful and cunning of Cahills. Also, the authors skillfully weave in the Vesper history line, showing how the hidden family/organization has been operating for centuries, even if the Cahills have largely forgotten them. Although this is guesswork on my part, I am pretty sure the Vespers were a late addition to the series. After the Madrigals were revealed to be goodish guys, and the Cahills started to unite, the series needed a new antagonist. Thus the Vespers were introduced, right at the end of the first series. Since the next series is going to be about the competition between the Cahills and the Vespers, though, this new group needed more grounding than just a last minute reference at the end of book 10. Vespers Rising serves as the narrative foundation for the new Cahill adventure. The last novella returns to the present time, and joins Amy and Dan as they adjust to normal life after their whirlwind hunt for the 39 clues has ended. They are living with their Uncle Fiske and awesome au pair Nellie. Given their family legacy, normal doesn't last long. The children are soon headed to Switzerland with their uncle, trying to recover an artifact before the Vespers can obtain it. Their first encounter with the Vespers is harrowing, and Amy and Dan come extremely close to death twice. Despite the different format, and the ulterior motives guiding an eleventh book tacked on to the end of a completed series, this is an enjoyable read. Each of the four novellas is full of adventure and suspense. Readers who are invested in a series and its characters typically enjoy receiving nicely developed back story. It was especially fun to see Luke, Katherine, Thomas, and Jane interacting, although I also loved spending time with Grace as a girl. The novel does a fine job of fleshing out the Vespers as villains and worthy adversaries, and pushing Amy and Dan into position to train and grow as a result of their experience. Clearly, this stories is mainly of interest to people who have already read the entire first series of the 39 clues. For those readers who want to continue the Cahill adventures and are prepared to read the next series, this book is a prerequisite.
  • (4/5)
    After 10 books in the '39 Clues' series, the 11th book finally presents the back story -- and is a collaborative piece between 4 different authors, who had previously written one (or two) books each in the series . And this is the best story, so far....
  • (4/5)
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. Amy and Dan has so many adventures in the first ten books of the series that I thought that they deserved a break. So I let this book sit on my TBR stack for a couple of months before I picked it up. The Medusa Plot which is book one of the Cahills vs Vespers series came out yesterday.This book is divided into four parts (one for each of the authors). Rick Riordan tells us about the beginning of the rivalry between the Cahills and the Vespers and also talks about the events the split the four children of Gideon Cahill and his wife apart. It also talks about a very special ring that Gideon Cahill is determined to keep away from Damien Vesper.Peter Lerangis' section tells us about Madeleine Cahill who was the fifth child born after Gideon's death. It tells about her life with her mother in hiding from Vesper. It also details an attempt to get to know her brother Luke and how badly it goes. This cements her desire to keep her line secret from the rest of the Cahills and to guard and protect the ring left to her by her mother.Gordon Korman's part takes us to World War 2 and stars Grace Cahill as a very brave and intrepid thirteen-year old. She needs to travel from Monaco to Casablanca to recover the ring. Along the way she has to match wits with General George S Patton. The final section by Jude Watson brings us to Amy and Dan who are settling in to normal life and finding it a little boring. But the boredom dissipates quickly when they have to go to a very secure bank in Switzerland to get a clue which will lead them to the current location of the ring. They need to battle a variety of Vespers agents along the way.While I thought the first two parts were interesting and contained a lot of background information, I don't know that they will grab the attention of the middle grade audience for these books. Kids who stick it out will find plenty of action and adventure in parts 3 and 4 though.I liked the story and will be adding it to my middle grade media center because I have an audience who enjoyed the first ten books in the series.