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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: PAN Macmillan Childrens Books (June 7 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330483854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330483858
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In an epic tale of good and evil, legend and history, and the blessing and curse of an extraordinary gift of the Sight (an ability to see through others' minds and into the future), David Clement-Davies obliges the many fans of Fire Bringer with a new fantasy novel. The Sight features a Transylvanian wolf clan faced with the terrifying changes brought about by Morgra, a bitter she-wolf determined to fulfill an ancient legend in order to have supreme power over all Vargs (wolves). Young Larka, a white wolf pup born with the Sight, embarks with her brother Fell and the rest of her family on an extraordinary quest for truth and salvation, with shocking consequences that even the most astute reader may not foresee. Clement-Davies's multilayered and elaborate plot will keep young readers riveted for hours on end, drawing on Christianity, fairy tales, and mythology in a colossal allegory and cautionary tale for its human audience. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

As in his Fire Bringer, Clement-Davies's new fantasy novel features talking animals (Vargs, or wolves, instead of deer), a militant pack with a power-hungry leader, a prophecy involving a newborn that proves gifted (a white wolf who has the Sight, which can be used to see the future, heal and even control others) and the author creates imaginative mythologies (here drawing on everything from Christianity to Little Red Riding Hood). Also, both prophecies speak of a marked one (this time it turns out to be a stolen human child) and the revelation of a secret. But readers may find the creative plotting here even more compelling than in the author's first novel and the cryptic prophecy's meaning will keep them guessing. Larka, a white wolf, and her family are hunted, initially by Morgra, who strives to become the powerful Man Varg (also foretold in the prophecy); a rebel pack also hunts them (Slavka, its leader, seeks to destroy all that claim to have the Sight). After Larka loses members of her pack, she embarks on a solo journey and finds teachers who help her master the Sight, using it to heal the "human cub" and to prepare to face Morgra. Despite sophisticated language and some complex concepts, such as the origins of evil, the author's clever plot twists (such as which wolf eventually claims to be Wolfbane) make the thick novel well worth the commitment. Strong female characters also provide a refreshing change to the often male-dominated science-fiction/fantasy field. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Larka is a young wolf born with a strange power called The Sight. Only one other wolf has it, and she's evil. Morgra, the evil wolf, has a sinister plan for all of the wolves's lands. There is also a prophecy, and Larka fits the description perfectly well.
The wolf pack Larka is born into is on the run from Morgra, who has a secret known by one other in the pack. As they slowly realize they are the family that the prophecy talks about, they face the elements, and slowly die off.
This book is sad because a lot of the wolves die, and I like wolves. However, birds play a significant role, so if you like them, read this book. I read this book before FireBringer, so I didn't really compare the two. Although there are a lot of similarities, each one stands by itself. The Sight is not nearly as good as FireBringer, but it is a lot better than most new fiction.
Read more about Larka and her family as they go in a spiral of danger, adventure, deciet, evil, and pure courage!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kim correa on Nov. 23 2003
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I've reviewed this book once before, but I've read it again and after reading between the lines a little, I've made up my again.
This book follows a white wolf posessed of a power that is simply named the Sight. It allows her to see into the past, present, future, and allows her to travel into the minds of birds. Her name is Larka and she heralds a legend made of her and for her. She must fulfill the ancient prophecy that is made and to do so, she must sacrifice herself for the greater good of all animal and mankind.
This book had a lot of strong points, though it did have so low points too. I noticed that verb "growled" in almost every time a wolf spoke. I found it redundent and tiring, and it took a little away from effect. You never realize how badly a word can hinder a book until you read this one. "Growled," "screeched," and "cried" are the preodminant words. Sometimes a simple "said" would do wonders.
Another low point was the final, fatal vision at the end. It was an extreme disappointment. I anticipated something wonderous and new and introspective, but I was disappointed sorely.
However, the rest of the book makes up for the lacks. It tells of human greed, and power, and love, only it used a misunderstood creatures. It tells of humans, of Christianity, and faith, and how if we lose faith, we are lost.
All in all, I loved this book. I loved it better than "Firebringer." In my opinion, "Firebringer" was too lengthy and the author's skipping of years burdened my sense of reality. I loved "Firebringer" as well but in my humble, fifteen year old opinion, it is nowhere as good as "The Sight."
Go David Clement-Davies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on June 30 2004
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I read The Sight for advanced literature. In the first part of the book, i was very confused. THen near the middle and end I started to understand. This book makes total sense at the end. Do not stop in the beginning if you think it is boring...it gets so much better! This story tell about the lifestyle of wolves in the setting of transylvania. Clement-Davies shows you the passion of the wolf in many ways and you learn to understand their ways of life. Excellent story...I highly recommend it...
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By A Customer on April 16 2004
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Larka is a young wolf born with a strange power called The Sight. Only one other wolf has it, and she's evil. Morgra, the evil wolf, has a sinister plan for all of the wolves's lands. There is also a prophecy, and Larka fits the description perfectly well.
The wolf pack Larka is born into is on the run from Morgra, who has a secret known by one other in the pack. As they slowly realize they are the family that the prophecy talks about, they face the elements, and slowly die off.
This book is sad because a lot of the wolves die, and I like wolves. However, birds play a significant role, so if you like them, read this book. I read this book before FireBringer, so I didn't really compare the two. Although there are a lot of similarities, each one stands by itself. The Sight is not nearly as good as FireBringer, but it is a lot better than most new fiction.
Read more about Larka and her family as they go in a spiral of danger, adventure, deciet, evil, and pure courage!
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"The Sight" is an animal fantasy in the tradition of Richard Adams's classic "Watership Down," where the author crafts a mythological culture for a group of animals living alongside humans. Where Adams used rabbits in contemporary England, David Clement-Davies selects wolves (or 'Vargs' as they call themselves) living in war-torn fifteenth-century Transylvania, during the reign of Vlad Dracula. It's an immediately intriguing concept, and Clement-Davies does some wonderful work with the exotic, gothic backdrop and the mysterious nature of wolves -- beautiful, tough, misunderstood animals that project an alluring magic that perfectly fits this type of tale.
But "The Sight" is far different from "Watership Down" in some important ways. Magic and the supernatural play a huge part in the story. The Sight of the title is a supernatural power granted to certain wolves; a kind of sixth sense, sensory projection, telepathy, and prophetic ability rolled into one. The wolf Morgra possesses the Sight, and from her hate plans to use it to fulfill a complex prophecy: summon a demonic entity called Wolfbane and create 'the Man Varg,' a mysterious figure linked with a stolen human child. If the prophecy is fulfilled, Morgra can possess all of nature. Standing against her is another wolf who possesses the sight, young Larka, and her family. The plot moves through many turns as the extremely tricky prophecy propels the factions of wolves into wars against each other, plunges Larka's family into grief, and spirals closer and closer to a final confrontation between wolves, birds, men, and spirits of the dead.
"The Sight" is a busy and intricate book with a very dark tone, but it will appeal to intelligent younger readers who hunger for something more than simple fantasy.
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