Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Silverwing (The Silverwing Trilogy) Paperback – September 18, 2007
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
PW compared this "gripping" epic starring a bat to Watership Down for the author's use of animal characters in his investigation of tolerance, intellectual freedom and other social concerns. Ages 8-12. (May)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6. The plot of this book sounds like the perfect adventure for a noble hero: a dangerous journey with a cryptic map and a trusty companion. But here's the catch: the hero is an undersized bat. Shade, a newborn Silverwing, is separated from his colony during their winter migrations. With the help of an exiled Brightwing, he must find his colony and save them from marauding cannibal bats imported from the tropics. In an author's note, Oppel writes that he "liked the challenge of taking animals that many might consider 'ugly' or 'scary' and fashioning them into interesting, appealing characters"; he has done just that with Shade and his comrades. While these characters are not particularly well rounded, readers will sympathize with the young bat's sometimes foolhardy efforts to prove that he's more than the colony runt, and the villains?fire-carrying owls and six-foot, flesh-eating bats?will keep even reluctant readers engaged. However, the greatest strengths of this story lie in its fast-paced, cliff-hanging action and its setting within the hollow trees and bell towers of the bats' monochromatic nighttime world. Recommend this one to fans of Avi's Poppy (Orchard, 1995); they won't be disappointed.?Beth Wright, Edythe Dyer Community Library, Hampden, ME
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
There are many rich themes to this book, including community, loyalty, coming of age, war, and diversity, but my personal favorite was its take on religion. The bats hold a certain reverence for the humans in this world, believing that those they "band" have been chosen for a special purpose--a blessing to some, a curse to others. It's a brilliant way to deconstruct religion, as the reader knows first hand that there is nothing supernaturL about humans. Seeing the many interpretations the bats have about the bands provides a potent allegory for the way humans, too, use spirituality in an attempt to explain that which lies beyond their understanding.
There is magic in Silverwing, but it is subtle. A blind bat elder tells a fortune by "listening" to the future, and a few other bats are able to create illusions through their mastery of their "echo sense." The real-life scientific inspiration behind these powers delights the reader with their verisimillitude, and it is beautifully easy to get lost in the sounds and smells of this fantasy adventure.
First of all, this book was extremely well written. The main characters are all very interesting and they all have their own stories to tell. As the protagonist Shade struggles to work his way back to his tribe he comes across many unique characters. Some try to help him like his friend Marina who was cast out from her tribe. Others like Goth, the prince of the royal vampire bat family, just wish use him. As the reader you get to go back and forth between seeing both the stories of Shade and Goth. Its in this sense that I'm very much reminded of the way Red Wall switches between the hero and villain.
Also, the author is very clever with the way he portrays the mythology of the bats. He uses to explain why bats only go out at night and sets up this idea that they have been promised that one day they will be able to go back into the sunlight. Many of the bats believe that the metal bands they have been given by the humans have something to do with this promise. They all have different interpretations of what exactly the bands mean but after Shade finds out his missing father had one he becomes quite jealous and really wishes he would be banded too. As story unfolds Shade, band or no band, becomes quite the brave hero.
To conclude, this was a really enjoyable book. I think anyone who is looking for a fast paced adventure that has something exciting around every corner will have fun reading Silverwing.
-This review was written by my 12-year-old daughter. She loves books and (apparently) bats. :-)
Most recent customer reviews
One of your best books I have read, with a unique set of characters, and wickedly evil villains. Five stars!!!
I really enjoyed this book beside of the adventure and excitement bye