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Land of Loss Summary

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Land of Loss is the second novel of Everworld, and while it can be read and enjoyed apart from the first book, Search for Senna, reading the first book would clarify why four high schoolers are fighting for their lives in an ancient Aztec city that is inhabited by a god who eats people's hearts. This is no ordinary god; this is Huitzilopoctli, a monster of evil. In Search for Senna, David describes him:

He was shaped like a man. Blue, the blue of the sky late on a summer day. His face was striped horizontally with bands of blue and yellow. Around his eyes were glittering white stars, stars that seemed real and hot and explosive.

Iridescent feathers grew from his head, spreading down across his shoulders and back. In his left hand he held a disk, a mirror that smoked and burned. In the right hand was a snake, a twisting, writhing snake that breathed fire and almost seemed an extension of his hand.

His other hand, the one that held the mirror, dripped red. It dripped red and you knew, knew deep down, that it could never, would never be wiped clean.

This is why Christopher (the narrator of Land of Loss), April, and Jalil are afraid. They are at first trapped in a city that serves the evil god.

Everworld is the place where the ancient gods of earth went eons ago, taking their followers with them, but leaving most of humanity behind. As Christopher explains, "Somehow, someway, for some reason, the old gods of Earth decided to abandon the real world. We didn't know why. Just knew that the gods of the Norsemen and the gods of the Greeks and the gods of the Aztecs and the Inca and the Egyptians and all the endless panoply of immortals, all decided they'd had enough of the real world. Our world." A terrifying being that consumes gods is headed for Everworld. One problem is that the gods are thinking of returning to earth, and the Norse god Loki is trying to open a way back to earth for himself and the other gods in order to escape. Once back on earth, they would reassert their rule over humanity. The blood sacrifices to feed Huitzilopoctli are merely one...

(The entire section is 575 words.)