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Washed ashore as a baby in ancient Greece, Halo is discovered by a family of centaurs. Although her true identity remains a mystery, she is loved as one of their own. But when Halo is dragged away by fishermen, her wild adventure begins . . .Halo soon realizes that if she is to survive then she must live in disguise - as a boy. A violent war is threatening to erupt and HalWashed ashore as a baby in ancient Greece, Halo is discovered by a family of centaurs. Although her true identity remains a mystery, she is loved as one of their own. But when Halo is dragged away by fishermen, her wild adventure begins . . .Halo soon realizes that if she is to survive then she must live in disguise - as a boy. A violent war is threatening to erupt and Halo is at the mercy of the mighty Spartan warriors. And as she battles to hide her secret, Halo never forgets her quest to find out who she is - and where she really came from....

Title : Halo
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ISBN : 9780141328300
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 375 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Halo Reviews

  • GOURI
    2019-03-27 13:36

    I loved this book! and I really love the fact that the book was written by two people,I don't know why!(view spoiler)[The story is about Halo (view spoiler)[who's not really an orphan (hide spoiler)] who grew up with Centaurs of Zakynthos.Her best friend is her centaur brother,Arko.They have many adventures together.During on of their adventures,Halo gets captured by humans and s taken to a strange land where she is made a slave.While,she is transported to another island,she jumps off the ship and swims to another island,where she meets a man who takes away her golden Owl that she wears around her neck.She retrieves it and decides to be a boy so that people would give her respect.She steals a knife from the man and runs away to Sparta(where,she heard women and treated well).On her way,she jumps into a stream and her head hits a rock and she is hurt.Here our hero,Leonidas(a Spartan hop-lite who is named after the king,Leonidas) comes in.He is such a dreamboat!Anyway,he knows that she is a girl and then he leaves her there as he was finishing his training that day.Then she saved by another family,from where she's taken by Leon.He hides the fact that she's girl,from his fellow Spartans.She lives in Sparta for sometime.When her teacher finds out that she's a girl,she runs away and reaches Melesippus,Manticlas and Leon who were travelling to Delphi to meet the Pythia.Who gives Sparta good news of their victory in the war.Leon helps Halo,by freeing her and she gets a chance to talk to the oracle,who tells her that she belongs to the accursed family in Athens and is the daughter of Megacles and Aeilla.Happy about this Halo walks out and finds Arko there chained.He tells the people that men should respect Centaurs and Leon tells Halo to escape.She flees with Arko and reaches Athens.There she meets Pericles(who's her uncles) and Aspasia.She pretends to be a boy,but Aspasia finds out that she's a girl.She helps her but asks her to disclose the secret as soon as she can to Pericles.but Halo never gets a chance as Pericles is busy with the approaching war.Meanwhile,Halo learns to fight with the help of the Skythians and their chief Arimaspou. Arko and Halo visit their Centaur family to tell them that they are fine. Soon after this a plague spreads around Athens,a lot of people die,including Pericles.Halo gets affected but is saved.One day as she was riding on her horse Ivy along with the Skythians,she finds Leon,with she's in love.Apparently he's alone and affected by the plague.She runs away from the Skythians as she knows that they will kill the Spartan and saves him.But they're soon found by Skythians and they find out that Arko is missing,who is most probably taken by Manticlas,the evil Persian who believes that a Centaur heart can help win any war.Halo finds out the truth about Arimaspou."He" is her mother.She finds out that she's an Amazon Princess,something that she has always wanted to be.Aeilla (Arimaspou) tells Halo that she should make the mistake that she did and should live like a girl.They finally save Arko from Manticlas and reach an island,where they are visited by the Centaurs.She is in love with Leon and apparently he loves her too.Happy ending! (hide spoiler)]The book was awesome,to me.The way of writing is simple,which makes it easier to understand the story.They even have the Greek alphabets behind the book,which is cool! and I'm a huge fan of Zizou Corder. There were a large amount unrealistic incidents in the story.Where everything happened the way Halo wanted.But I loved the whole story too much that I didn't notice such problems.Halo is brave and intelligent.Even under all this simplistic writing,it is discussing an important issue.The freedom and equality of girls and it has taken ancient Greece as an example.It shows the lives of women there and the difference between a boy and a girl.Halo is an extraordinary girl who goes on this amazing adventure,accidentally.I hope you read this.I really wish it was a movie,so that I could see it and enjoy it even more!Ciao!

  • Tsura
    2019-03-12 13:40

    Girl power! Glad I was born in a world where woman can at least do their own thing. I would have done the same if I were Halo. Though classified as a book for youth I realy enjoyed it. The plots were well thought out and the book kept flowing and building up.

  • Abigail Yow
    2019-03-08 09:21

    A woefully underrated tale of a young girl who is on a quest to find her place in the world. As Halo's story unravels, we are exposed to the trials and dangers of being a lone girl in Ancient Greece. Halo soon realise that to survive is to masquerade as a guy.War is brewing among the Greeks. First, they fought the Persians as one. When that was over they started to wage war with their fellow neighbours for dominance; though they claimed it was for the sake of defending their nation. When Halo finds herself forcefully pulled away from her sanctuary, she starts to learn about the brutality and drudges of war. And being the pacifist that she is, as how it was inculcated in her by the Centaurs, she never got accustomed to it. Even if all she wanted was to go home, fate had other plans for her--with her being at the center of it all...To summarise, Halo is not your average protagonist whose main purpose in the story is to be saved time and time again by other characters. No, she's different. She is bold, independent and intelligent. Halo may not wield a sword like a typical warrior nor is she a great beauty or even a famed seer; but she has a quiet strength that most would be envious of. Halo's travels aren't restricted to one particular country. Rather they stretched across to various countries such as Zakynthos, Sparta and Athens. The author distinguishes them via meticulous research and proficiency in painting convincing environments. Not forgetting, minute attention to detail and word choice.There was also a hint of romance that was present in the book. The love interest, to put it shortly, appears in the first 1/4 of the book and disappears for the most part--due to various circumstances. The attraction between the two characters was otherwise unremarkable especially in a book that is geared towards female readers.I'm honestly quite impressed by the author's storytelling. I thought I had it all figured out but every now and then, some twists will show up and prove me wrong. It truly makes for a riveting experience.As for the cons, let's see. I'm not proud of it, but some parts were rather dull and I had to skip some scenes. Not that I missed anything important. Though that in itself was not a good sign--although still enjoyable--I was compelled to knock 2 stars of my rating.For those who are hoping for a historical read that features a strong and resourceful heroine; coupled with a well-developed setting, this might be the book for you. But bear in mind that even if the book is a far cry from being perfect, it is considered a good and tasteful read by most standards.

  • pliplop
    2019-03-14 11:38

    amazing-i love cross-dressing adventures-no offense!

  • Yiwen
    2019-03-23 12:29

    A bit of action/adventure, Greek mythology and romance compressed into a novel. Not particularly realistic but an intriguing book. I would recommend it for the average reader :)

  • Anastasia aka Taurendil
    2019-03-10 17:16

    I'm still processing all the thoughts this book has given me. First of all, I was amazed at how much I came to like the writing, its characters and the plot line. Maybe it tells something, that I desperately want to read more. But I know there are no sequels. I can't leave my friends now! Oh, sweet Apollo, dear Athena, Poseidon, and Artemis. You won't tear me away from Halo and Arko, (view spoiler)[and Leon, (hide spoiler)] will you? I... just.. can't.Some things about the marked shelves. I was going to put this into 'realistic fiction', then I thought maybe not, there are centaurs. And are they realistic? But there's nothing else really that would make it unrealistic. Still I left it out because it's not that realistic if a centaur is walking on the streets of Athens like it was a normal day. The 'weird creatures' are just these four-legged non-animals. It's a shelf containing all abnormalities, whatever they may be. So, sorry Arko and your kin, but you should take it as a compliment!I am really tired right now. I had to read the book and I wanted to write a review straight away, but now I think I'm going to sleep. But the first thing tomorrow (probably after half of the other things though), I'll come here and continue. I will write a review. At least that's what the book deserves.Some of my favorite quotes:(view spoiler)["It was true, after all, that she wasn't a Centaur herself. Though she wished that she was - and the more she saw of humans, the more she wished it.""'Because you question what I know to be true,' he said. 'That's interesting. Explaining why you're wrong makes my knowledge stronger.'""'Look and see!The little flea,has to gobehind a treetoo special to peein companeee...'""'OK,' said Halo. 'But first, you haven't answered my first point, and second, what if your being so annoying, through being so philosophical, led someone to punch you on the nose, and they got arrested - could they say it was your fault?'""'Amazon princess,' said Arimaspou gently. 'You are Aiellina, the Amazon Princess, daughter of Megacles of the Alcmaeonids, and me.'""Without even thinking about it, Halo twisted his arm, kicked him, elbowed him in the ribs so he bent double and swung him over her shoulder and down the rocks. Thank you, Arimaspou, for teaching me Skythian hand-to-hand combat, she whispered.""Leonidas was staring at her. 'Oh dear,' he said. 'The fever's back.''No, actually, this is real,' Halo said. 'Chariklo, Kyllarus, this is Leon...'Leonidas stared. 'Hello,' he said. 'Are you sure?'""Suddenly her heart was so very full she could feel it like a bursting ripe fruit inside her ribcage." (hide spoiler)]

  • H
    2019-03-24 10:41

    Don't see the 2-star rating and go all "Whoa" cause this book isn't that bad. It's just that I see it was ok and only that is what it's going to be.You know how a book just pulls you into it whether you really like it or not? It happens. It happened to me several times when I didn't even like the book but I couldn't tear my eyes from the text.It was something like that but I at least enjoyed reading it.Something was still missing.I don't really get it: I love reading about Greek mythology and historical fiction and whatnot. I fell for the adventures of Percy Jackson which was sorta similar in the Greek theme.Why didn't this book change anything in me? Why did I already forget the key events that I've read like, what, three days ago?I think it was the thickly-interwined plot and similar conflicts. The main character was moving from place to place, all over the freaking country.I did love the romance, but both authors seemed to be 'holding back' as if they wanted to keep it down to pure fluffiness which annoyed me like hell since there was no 'action' at all. They barely confess their feelings at the end (this can't really be considered a spoiler but a warning to avoid major disappointment).I'd like to read whatever's next in the series or the sequel, but I do hope things would kick in. And for the book to shock me in my tracks.

  • Dani
    2019-02-26 09:36

    OK, so technically this is probably a kid's/young teens book. But I really liked it! OK, so the writing is a little simplistic, OK so maybe a few too many coincidences happen for it to be believable, but I loved it all the same :)Set in Ancient Greece - little Halo is brought up by the centaurs who find her washed up on the beach. When she's about 12 she gets stolen into the world of man and there's a huge adventure in trying to escape, trying to find out who her parents are...Stuff :)But, I really liked it. I've read the Lionboy series by the same authors (I think I'm right in saying Zizou Corder is the pen name of two people working together?), and I liked that they were dealing with new plot components, like the main character falling in love, and serious illness and suffering.But yeah. It's not heavy stuff, but it's totally morally upright; I guess you could say it challenges your views on war...but it doesn't really delve too deep. It's light reading, fun, and I really enjoyed it.

  • Johanness
    2019-03-22 11:29

    I was mesmerised, plain and simple. I've never read a book set in the Greek times before with no magic involved so this was a first experience for me and I'm glad. It was a good read their was some parts that I felt was to short and some parts felt to lost to me, the locations were odd to follow, but I got the main gist of it all. I loved Halo, Arko, Leonidas and Arimaspou the most out of all the characters, the interaction between these characters were just epic(entertaining). Gosh the moments were she finds out that the Skythians knew she was female and that Arimaspou was her mother, and was in fact a she all along, was just... I was stunned that was for sure, I did not see those coming! The only thing I really wanted was that maybe that the book was thicker? Added more bits in it, I dunno. I'm hoping theres a second or a prologue.It was a good read the settings and plot was interesting/entertaining, I can't wait to read more books like this.

  • Rebecca L. Snowe
    2019-03-22 14:12

    This book was a tad boring at times but overall a exciting, adventurous romp for middle aged children to teenagers. The romance was simple and sweet, it didn't go very far (No kissing or such) but it was nice. I really liked Halo by the middle of the book for she was very strong and determined and didn't just give in and be what other people wanted her to be when she wanted to be something different. A couple things didn't make sense, just little things that I was like what? and the plot was not really all that great but overall this was a quick, fun read that I would recommend to others that like fantasy and mythology.

  • B.m
    2019-02-28 17:34

    Though I think this book was aimed for a younger audience, I absolutely loved it. I grew to care about the main character - Halo - much more than I though I would as I followed her through a great journey which always kept me interested. There was a big GASP! Moment which I did not see coming (which I love!)

  • Sienna K
    2019-02-28 14:24

    'Until you know who you are, you're no one...''Halo' is one of the best books I have ever read. It always had me on the edge of my seat(or in this case, bed!) throughout the whole book. Definitely something I would read again.

  • Rosie
    2019-02-24 15:17

    Absolutely awesome! Couldn't keep my nose out of it, a complete must read! I recommend this book to 12-15 yr olds. I think this book is really amazing!

  • Kai Shen
    2019-03-27 11:33

    Can halo survive her tough and painful adventures??? READ it to find out!!!

  • Maxmiriam
    2019-03-16 09:13

    It was an awesome book. I've read it about 3 times now and I want to read it again. XD I love greek mythology sooo.... yeah. XD

  • N
    2019-03-27 09:37

    Beautiful. Book of the Millenium!!!! People who are lucky enough to have this book, you are holding a future classic in your hand!!!

  • Aisha
    2019-03-20 10:42

    I really like this book but I think the end left you wanting more. l like the authors books

  • ❤Rose (◕‿◕✿)
    2019-03-06 13:36

    It was amazing, even the second time round :DLOVED IT!!!!!!

  • Shojo_otaku
    2019-03-18 09:13

    HOLY GRACAMOLIE i loved this book ...*just go and read it*

  • Deborah
    2019-03-08 10:18

    Loved this book it had a very new and old idea's. i loved some of the charecter and the ending.

  • Taz
    2019-02-25 16:37

    I can't believe I waited for this book for over a year to read it....to be fair: the target age is 9-12 😂 my bad.. thought this was another tamorra pierce gem.🙈

  • Annett
    2019-02-24 13:33

    Dieses Buch weckte mein Interesse zunächst aufgrund der Zentauren, dann aber auch aufgrund des vielversprechend klingenden Klappentextes. Halo ist ein junges Mädchen, dass schon im Babyalter seine Eltern verliert. Glücklicherweise wird sie von einem Zentauren gefunden, der sie sogleich mit nach Hause nimmt. So lernt sie nur dir Welt der Zentauren kennen und findet Menschen andersartig und abstoßend - obwohl sie ja selbst einer ist.Der Autor hat das sehr gut angelegt. Denn gerade durch diese abgeschiedene Kindheit bietet sich die Möglichkeit die verschiedenen griechischen Gesellschaften als außenstehender zu betrachten. Als Halo eines Tages plötzlich entführt wird, wird sie in eine Welt geworfen, die grausamer nicht sein könnte. Das Leben ist hart und sie lernt die Menschheit nicht unbedingt von ihrer besten Seite kennen. Etwas erstaunlich und vielleicht unrealistisch finde ich, dass Halo obwohl gerade einmal als Jugendliche zu betrachten, bereits eine erstaunliche Charakterstärke besitzt. Dadurch wirkt sich oft älter als sie tatsächlich ist, doch beim Lesen störte mich das nicht wirklich.Die Handlung selbst wurde gut durchdacht und durch immer wieder geschickt eingeflochtene, historische Details bietet sich dem Leser ein umfassendes Bild der damaligen Zeit - gepaart mit einem nicht zu versteckenden, fantastischen Einfluss. Über das ganze Buch hinweg hat es Zizou Corder geschafft immer eine Grundspannung zu bewaren, die es schwer macht das Buch einmal beiseite zu legen. Ich habe es regelrecht verschlungen und bin auch jetzt noch begeistert von den Charakteren und der Geschichte. Ich kann es wirklich jedem nur empfehlen - unabhängig davon ob ihr es wegen der Zentauren interessant findet oder aber weil es durchaus als Fantasy bezeichnet werden kann. Dieses Buch ist eine wunderbare Mischung für die ich gute 4 Sterne vergebe und eine unbedingte Leseempfehlung ausspreche.

  • Sharon Tang
    2019-03-18 15:14

    Halo by Zizou CorderHalo is a baby girl who was found and raised by centaurs. One day she is taken and thrust into the world of men where she finds out that she has to pretend to be a boy in order to survive the war raging in the lands. While trying to keep her gender a secret, she meets many friends and enemies as she tries to find out about her past.I couldn't relate to Halo's situation very much because she is pretending to be a boy in a country ravaged by war. Though some of her problems along the way are relatable, such as her upbringing by the peaceful centaurs. One of the important relationships in this story is between Halo and her centaur 'brother', though they are not related by blood, they grew up together and rely on each other a lot. I can relate to this relationship a lot as I have a brother and know that I can trust him with anything.One thing this book made me think about was how sexist our world is today. Although it has and is getting better, women still earn less and have a disadvantage in today's society. I do not think this type of discrimination should exist, but olden day tradition says otherwise. It is getting better now but there is still a gap in gender equality. Just the thought of having to disguise your gender to survive is horrible, though I can see the reasons why, this kind of situation should not have to be applied in 21st century life.I absolutely loved the book and the messages it portrayed. I would and have recommended it to my friends.

  • ♥ Ashleigh ♥contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
    2019-03-02 12:23

    ok im just warning you that this review will prob just jump from one thing to another because i cant be bothered writing a proper one :Pi really enjoyed reading this book - there were a couple of things that got annoying like halo praying which sometimes went on for a long time and was pretty repetitive, plus the author went into to much description on the buildings also the NAMES! OMG how am i even suppose to pronounce them let alone remember them, so the characters got a bit confusing but otherwise it was a interesting read.i loved the end even though it was quick. it was very HEA.halo's adventure after being stolen and sold into slavery was amazing - meeting the Spartan warriors and some Amazon warriors who have incredible horse riding and fighting skills, hiding as a boy so she can have a life. finding out who her berth parents were but still belonging half to the centaurs - which she grew up with - falling in love with a enemy Spartan, surviving a plague, becoming a doctor. what an spectacular girl.what amazing characters it had.Arko was one of my fave's. Arko is halo's centaur brother, who is super caring and follows halo everywhere no matter the danger.Leonidas was a Spartan warrior. This guy was incredible, brave and kind in a blood thirsty world. he and halo practicably fell in love at first site but its really subtle and sweet.Skythians were spectacular warriors who could shoot any target with arrows from galloping horses. << these guys were super kick ass!there were a few more awesome characters but i wont go into them all.

  • Temuri617 Mtvralashvili
    2019-02-24 17:24

    This book was written by Zizou Corder and it is classified in myth and adventure category.The book is about a girl named Halo and how she travels around Greece disguised as a boy looking for her parents. She encounters many adventures as she travels. The main characters are Halo, Arko, the slytherin tribe and the centaur tribe. The story took place in Greece.To me the book was very interesting and action packed. I enjoy read books about Greek Mythology and I definitely enjoyed this book. The story made me feel ciriouse. I think the book is very interesting and for people who like action will probably interested in reading this book.

  • Christine Van der Westhuizen
    2019-03-01 11:18

    A childhood favourite. I read it like ten times and loved it each time. I haven't read it recently but (spoilers)it's about this girl who is raised by centaurs and one day to save her stepbrother she gets captured by humans who take her to their town and sells her when no family members came to claim her and she gets taken across the seas and eventually she ends up being taken to Sparta disguised as a boy-slave by a really hot boy who knows her secret... It was fun, well written and memorable.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-04 09:42

    Amazing book. This was my favourite book for many years. Has action, tragedy, romance, etc. Is not too violent, but there are some parts where its a little sad (spoiler: theres a huge plague and at that point it's very depressing). I've read this book several times, I'm not sure how many, and I usually don't like re-reading books so you can tell its that good (to me anyways).Note: Not sure when I read this book, don't take the date seriously.

  • Melica
    2019-03-14 12:15

    jag har läst den här boken 2 gånger tidigare men jag tycker att den är bra. Speciellt allt det mesta löste sig på slutet. Att hon hittade sin riktiga mamma, att hennes kentaurfamilj mådde bra, att kon fick veta att hon var en av skyterna och det bästa, att hon fick vara med Leonidas ;) Det händer också många olika saker i boken vilket jag uppskattar.

  • Caitlin
    2019-03-07 13:34

    i absolutely loved this book. i think its great how it also has facts in it about the ancient Greek gods and cities. i dont like books that have the female characters that always need a guy to come rescue them. this book wasnt like that at all. halo fought for herself any didnt let anything stop her. 5/5

  • Jacqui
    2019-03-09 11:28

    Although meant for a younger audience, this is a book I really enjoyed. Not only did it have an engaging story, but the authors had very clearly done their research, and a lot of the world they present (minus the centaurs of course) has details which I can now fully appreciate being older.