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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird; Reprint edition (August 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142408743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142408742
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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.

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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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For lovers of fantasy fiction, I highly recommend this book!
Nathan Andrews
This book is very big and interesting, though the chapters are long, at least 20 pages each.
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Just reading the phrophecy itself makes you want to read the book.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on March 13, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. on June 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I remember the day I finsihed Fire Bringer I happened to see this in a Book Store. I was estatic. Fire Bringer was one of my favorite epics and this looked to be just as good. And it was! The Sight tells the story of a family of wolves. When Huttser and Palla have two wolf cubs, Larka and Fell, they are shocked when Palla's evil sister Morgra comes for a visit. Morgra is cruel and harsh and wants nothing more than to be a part of the cubs life but the pack denies it. In turn Morgra casts a horrible curse on the pack which touches everyones life in more ways than one. Larka, as she grows up, discovers that she has the Sight, a strange and mysterious power that is both a curse and a gift. Larka hates this, all she wants to be is a normal wolf, but she cannot have this at all. Becasue her new powers are developing quickly and everyone around her is suffering becasue of it. She runs away, seeing it as her only hope, but sooner or later the Legend that everyone fears so much and Larka's destiny must be fufilled.
The Sight is an amazing book. Just like Fire Bringer, the author manages to tell a wonderful animal fantasy story while weaving in history, mythology, and religion on the way. The wolf charecters seem more human than anything at times but they also keep their natural insticts, which I find impressive. If you're a fan of Fire Bringer or just animal fantasy read this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 26, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This tale is intrigueing, deep, and emotional. it tosses away that 'happily ever after' trash and that 'protagonist is always 100 percent victorious' trash, and really explores the real world; the dark side of things. 'happily ever after' is a lie. dealing with death is a truth. this is the best book i've read in ages - even better than kenneth oppel's fantastic book 'sunwing', but unlike 'the sight' it shows humans as being pure evil. yep - i recommend 'the sight' as opposed to my classic favourite 'sunwing' or 'watership down' because it does not portray humans as being pure evil.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a REALLY cool book! Especially since it's written with a wolf's perspective, and man is mostly a bad guy, instead of the reverse that you often see.
Okay this is mainly the plot:
There's been this prophacy for as long as anyone can remember that reads:
"As a she-cub is whelped with a coat that is white,
And a human child is stolen to suckle the Sight..." and goes on for three stanzas 'till
"A courage is needed as deep as despair."
Anyways, a white and a black cub (Larka and Fell) are born in their Mother's home den and raised there for a while. Then their mother's sister, Morgra, curshes the pack, that they will be torn apart, one by one.
Shortly after that Larka realizes that she has "The Sight". The ability to look through the eyes of the birds and do many other things.
This book is mainly about the struggles that these wolves face, and can be confusing at times, but I believe it was a well worth the 457 pages!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ravana on February 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I feel guilty for not liking this story, but in a review honesty must come first, so...

First, the good:
The ideas in this book were good and interesting, the descriptions well-done and evocative, and the setting generally believable and realistic. Also, the plot was non-traditional and didn't follow a predictable path like so many fantasies do.

And now, the bad:
I found the story severely lacking in the area of characterisation. The characters were flat and not very well-drawn, and frankly uninteresting. I was unable to invest emotionally in their struggles and lost interest in the plot as a result, only reading on because I wanted to discover the answers to a couple of mysteries. Also, I felt that the dialogue was poor and tags like 'snapped', 'growled' and 'said bitterly' were overused and quickly became irritating.
I couldn't help but find the storyline and character motives confusing and unclear; even right to the climax I had no good idea what it was the characters were trying to achieve. The Sight, the power central to the story, was explained (or not explained) in a way that meant I didn't have a good picture of what it can and cannot do, etc. All this meant that the book felt unfocused and disorganised, and was less enjoyable as a result. I also felt that it had a few too many similarities to Fire Bringer for comfort, especially during the first half, and the ending was confusing and anti-climactic

However, I concede that it was an honest effort, and so I'm giving it three stars in the hope that the author will improve with successive works.
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