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Darkwing (The Silverwing Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B001FA0TEQ
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (February 19, 2009)
- Publication date : February 19, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1268 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 435 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #485,315 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Considerably larger than the three books in the Silverwing saga, Darkwing should be treated as being completely separated from these books. It's a prequel... by about sixty-five million years.
Told from the perspective of two characters, Dusk (a chiropter) and Carnassial (a felid), Darkwing delves into the forbidden realm of evolution. Dusk and Carnassial, though enemies, have something in common. They're different. Chiropters glide through the air on sails; they only go down, not up. Felids are peaceful, insect-eating ground-dwellers, who would never harm another creature.
But Dusk can fly.
Carnassial has an insatiable hunger for flesh.
Since the day Dusk was pushed out of the tree by his father, he has yearned to flap. It is a secret he's kept for most of his life, but once out, it's a gift that plunges him and his colony into strife, and a struggling, heart-wrenching journey from their island.
Carnassial has been expelled by his fellow felids, who find his new taste for blood to be a disgrace to other beasts. But he can't help it. Carnassial, and several others, have been born with strong teeth that sheer meat (called carnassials), and their only desire is to put them to good use.
Dusk and this fiendish pre-feline travel, unknowingly, together, yearning to find a place where they can live; but, most importantly, belong.
The story is full of action, right from the beginning.
Unlike Oppel's previous three books, the characters in Darkwing are more developed, deeper. Though not entirely unique (it's pretty easy to picture certain characters taking on faces from the Silverwing saga), they are definitely just as loveable, if not more fun to read. The cast is extensive, with a wide range of creatures that are not likely to disappoint.
Having evolved along with Dusk and Carnassial, it's fairly easy to see where Oppel has developed his style in writing since Silverwing. His "new" sense of writing is possibly one thing that makes Darkwing so much more enjoyable than the previous three books. He doesn't skimp, he doesn't hold back, it appears that all of Oppel's creative juices have been sewn right into the pages.
The full-page illustrations make excellent accents. The detail and emotion etched into the drawings are just as wonderful as the pictures painted with Oppel's words.
Though the story is easy to predict, that doesn't make the plot itself any less unique. When was the last time you read a book from the perspective of a sixty-five million year old bat?