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Elfangor's Secret is the third book in the Megamorphs series, a spinoff of the Animorphs series. With respect to continuity, it takes place between books #29: The Sickness and #30: The Reunion.

Official DescriptionEdit

We found out who Visser Four is. And he has found the Time Matrix. The machine Elfangor had hidden in the abandoned construction site. The same place we met him on a night none of us will ever forget. Especially me. Now Visser Four has the Matrix, and he plans to use it to become Visser One.

But Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Marco, Ax and I can't let that happen. We can't let him alter time so that the Yeerks will win the invasion. So we're prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. And, ultimately one of us will lose this fight...

Plot summaryEdit

The former Visser Four inadvertently discovers the Time Matrix and uses it to rewrite history to make the Yeerk domination of Earth much easier - America is now a technologically inept, genocidal empire that's ruled by terror and torture. Jake is a neo-Nazi who demands to be called "Supreme Leader" by the other Animorphs, Cassie owns a slave girl, and Rachel is in a re-education camp so that she is "taught her place". None of the Animorphs are aware of the change, as this is, to their minds, what life has always been like (Visser Four having changed events before their births). The Ellimist and Crayak have formed a temporary truce in order to stop Visser Four, and they send Drode to offer the (real) Animorphs a choice: they can refuse the opportunity to track down Visser Four, and the timeline remains as it is; or they can defeat Visser Four and return the timeline to how it originally was - for the price of one of their lives. The Animorphs of course have no choice but to accept, and set out to stop Visser Four's rewrite of time.

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Inside Cover

The Animorphs pass through many historical events, including the Battle of Agincourt, Washington's crossing of the Delaware (in which, as Marco and Cassie predicted and feared, Jake is killed in the crossfire), the battle of Trafalgar (in which Rachel, Marco, and Ax are also "killed", but not really, due to the only required life -- Jake's -- being taken), and finally Princeton University in the 1930s.

However, Visser Four had made a mistake - although originally planning to kill Albert Einstein at Princeton, his own meddling in the past had changed the future so that Einstein was not at Princeton at this time. Furthermore, Cassie and Tobias make the discovery that Rachel, Marco and Ax have been resurrected, and the remaining five Animorphs realize that the Ellimist's conditions allowed that only one Animorph could be killed - with Jake's death, the rest of the Animorphs are essentially immortal.

Visser Four begins to rapidly leap through time and space in order to shake the Animorphs off, but when he is unable to lose them, he directs the Time Matrix to the Normandy Landing. After navigating through the time-altered battle, which included an Adolf Hitler who is a harmless jeep driver, and the French and Germans on the same side, the Animorphs close in on Visser Four, whose host body - John Berryman - has been fatally injured. Visser Four abandons John's body, and Marco kills the Yeerk by throwing it into a burning tank. Cassie, much to her chagrin, asks John where and when his parents met, and the Animorphs direct the Time Matrix to San Francisco in the 1960s to prevent John's parents from ever having met. With John never being born, he was never infested by Visser Four, who in turn never found the Time Matrix, and the events of this story never actually took place - Jake returns to life, as the Animorphs were never actually at the Delaware crossing. Despite the reset, the group remembers everything, due to Drode having buffered their memories and personalities.

MorphsEdit

Morpher Morphs acquired Morphs used
Jake War Horse (Unusable, Sario Rip morph) Peregrine Falcon, War Horse
Rachel -- African Elephant, Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Chimpanzee
Cassie -- Osprey, Bottlenose Dolphin, Polar Bear, Wolf
Marco -- Grizzly Bear (Alternate Universe), Osprey, Silverback Gorilla, Fly
Tobias -- Hork-Bajir (Ket Halpak), Human (Main)
Ax -- Northern Harrier, Human (Main)

TriviaEdit

  • The inside cover quote is "Time and time again..." There is no cover quote.
  • ANIBASE: "This is the book that made me swear off time travel (Until the next time.)," K.A. Applegate says. "I was so confused at one point that I didn't know what was going on. But I got to play with some moral dilemmas and I like challenging the readers that way."
  • This is the first appearance of Visser Four, who we only last heard about in #18: The Decision, but never actually see at the time.


GalleryEdit

International CoversEdit

Books
Main Series #1 The Invasion | #2 The Visitor | #3 The Encounter | #4 The Message | #5 The Predator | #6 The Capture | #7 The Stranger | #8 The Alien | #9 The Secret | #10 The Android | #11 The Forgotten | #12 The Reaction | #13 The Change | #14 The Unknown | #15 The Escape | #16 The Warning | #17 The Underground | #18 The Decision | #19 The Departure | #20 The Discovery | #21 The Threat | #22 The Solution | #23 The Pretender | #24 The Suspicion | #25 The Extreme | #26 The Attack | #27 The Exposed | #28 The Experiment | #29 The Sickness | #30 The Reunion | #31 The Conspiracy | #32 The Separation | #33 The Illusion | #34 The Prophecy | #35 The Proposal | #36 The Mutation | #37 The Weakness | #38 The Arrival | #39 The Hidden | #40 The Other | #41 The Familiar | #42 The Journey | #43 The Test | #44 The Unexpected | #45 The Revelation | #46 The Deception | #47 The Resistance | #48 The Return | #49 The Diversion | #50 The Ultimate | #51 The Absolute | #52 The Sacrifice | #53 The Answer | #54 The Beginning
Megamorphs The Andalite's Gift | In the Time of Dinosaurs | Elfangor's Secret | Back to Before
Chronicles The Andalite Chronicles | The Hork-Bajir Chronicles | VISSER | The Ellimist Chronicles
Alternamorphs The First Journey | The Next Passage
TV Tie-Ins Meet the Stars of Animorphs

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