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Silver Sun Paperback – December 1, 1999
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This novel has some great characterization, and Springer does a great job of portraying the complexities of life in Isle. I only wish they could reprint this series. This is one of her best books!
A must read for fantasy lover and for readers who enjoy complex characterization.
I enjoyed Springer's references to the religious/cultural customs of past societies, without bogging the story down with largely unnecessary explanations. They simply add a backdrop which gives the story a richer and more believable flavor.
While it is now out of print, the paperback version can be inexpensively obtained from a number of used sources. Give it a try.
Being a fantasy novel author, I fully appreciate the great efforts that Nancy Springer put into creating characters that the reader can relate to and understand. Her descriptive quality of writing is fantastic.
I highly recommend this book to readers of fantasy of all ages.
The Silver Sun is a fantasy novel set in the land of Isle, ruled by the tyrannical King Iscovar. The main characters are Hal, the son of the king, and Alan, his half brother.
Throughout his childhood, Hal was hated by his father and physically tortured and kept in dungeons. He escaped and has a quest to take the throne from his father and rule the land peacefully.
At the beginning of the book, Hal finds Alan, who has been robbed and beaten in the forest. Hal nurses him back to health and they soon become blood brothers and partners in the quest to take the kingdom from the evil King, building alliances with local outlaws and building an army in order to do so.
The book is filled with, and basically built around, a whole mythology. In the land in which the book is set, there are many gods. Hal worships the god called "The One", which is, in his belief system, the true god. There is a lot of mythology built around The One- and elves, the original peaceful rulers of the earth, who are immortal until they marry or are killed. Elves are not univerally believed to exist, however within the mythology surrounding The One, elves were once believed to rule the earth until humans took over and corrupted it. The elves are peaceful beings and are believed to live in a land without corruption - a perfect world that they created when the humans took over the earth - that is sheltered from the evil of the human blight.Read more ›
Honestly, I love this book. I read it as a kid and just re-read it and loved it in the way that someone loves a beautiful old, over-scroll-worked clock or piece of furniture. Maybe it's just nostalgia, but this story is so...simple. (Yes, I know this story borrows heavily from Tolkien canon. I KNOW!) The characters are better than they should be. Nothing is that terribly torturous or drawn-out.This story produced now would have gallons of blood and detailed torture, sex and REALLY abysmal acts by the heroes that would make us hate them for a while...there would be a serious love triangle, too (ugh someone please stop that lame convention!) This is not that story. It was kind of a nice break, actually. A beautiful, light fairytale that you can put down afterward and sigh, wishing that the world was just a little more magical. :)
I have read this book with great enjoyment several times. Once I would have given it 5 stars unhesitatingly, but the nightmare version of Christianity presented by the author has begun to bother me a little. I wish the evil ruling cult did not bear such a close resemblance to Christianity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Liked the story but did not appreciate all the typos. Will not buy any more books in this seriesPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favorite books ever!! I have 3 different editions 'cause I keep reading it to much!! The story is great and the characters are truly awesome!!.Published on November 16, 2013 by Monica_O
The first book was great, the second superb- problem is that the rest are not available- guess I'll have to go to the local book store for them.Published on October 1, 2012 by Dartandimonious
I was so excited to see this finally in ebook format. Loved this book when I was younger and it's still a good read. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by J. Frank
This is the best of the four books. It is definitely the most accessible and has the most conventional story. Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by Patrick Heyman