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This book is very well written, told in the black and white world of a bat and echo vision. The story is fascinating and the adventure runs non-stop. The first time I read this I could not put it down. This time through I took it a little slower and really savoured the book. It won 11 literary awards and has numerous sequels now. Pick it up for an excellent read.
well, this book follows a trouble-making young Silverwing bat, named Shade, who loses his colony during his first ever migration. along the way of him trying to get back on the right track, he meets many species of bats, Graywings, Brightwings, and even killer bats....but i'm not gonna give away any more, because you have to read it.
if i love it so much, you are probably wondering why I deducted one star. well, this is becasue some scenes are a bit too detailed, especialy the parts where the killer bats are feeding, eww[...] it is still good, and if you can stomach some things that are sort of gross, then you will love this book.
another thing you might like, is that this book is sort of also educational, teaching children about bats, habitat, what they eat, etc.... I am a 13 year -old reader, and i have had the box set, since i was probably about 11. However, with all the other books i read, i didnt read this until a few weeks ago, in june 2006. SO i think this book is great for all ages, a fast-paced adventure
An interesting part of this book, that is one of the main things that makes up for the awful ending, is that the book is in the perspective of bats. The author mentions no colors except black and white, as bats see the world. At one point in the story the bats see the earth in the daylight, a new and wondrous experience for them since they have only seen the day at night. The author does a fantastic job at describing the world, "It was the same world he's beheld his whole life at night, but now, under the sun's glow, it was transformed." He continues like that making the world seem fresh and new.
An example of this cliffhanger is in the beginning of the book, we learn that Shade's father, Cassiel, is dead. But in the middle of our young hero's journey, they meet an albino bat with a strange gift, a gift to see the present, past, and future. He tells Shade that his father is alive, "The albino bat hesitated a moment before saying: 'He's alive.'" Throughout the whole book we wonder if he'll ever find his father, and at the ending it just drops off.
Another example of a cliffhanger is that also in the beginning of the book, Shade learns a myth about his colony's religion. It is called, "Nocturna's Promise." The bats were once free to fly in the day, until the birds and the beasts had a war.Read more ›
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I read this book about 6 years ago, and the Silverwing trilogy (and the Darkwing prequel) still stands as one of my all time favorites. Fantastic read from start to finish.Published 24 months ago by Buyer
This book was purchased for a Children's Literature course and I loved it! It's a keeper that I will certainly lend out and recommend.Published on Jan. 3 2014 by Mel
Amazing book. The writer has a way of writing that makes you just want to keep reading. He is such a good writer. This is a pageturner. I really, really recommend it.Published on Oct. 14 2009 by John Kong
When Shade a young Silverwing bat is blown off course during his colony's migration south, he is determined to find his way back to them. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2008 by Nicola Mansfield
Shade, the Silverwing Bat, has three strikes against him. One, he's smaller than other bats his age; two, he has no father, and, three, his overpowering curiosity to see the sun... Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2007 by Debra Purdy Kong
I am ten years old and I live in Canada in Manitoba. This book is about Shade who is a bat and he's the main character. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2006 by Douglas