All entries for September 2011

September 28, 2011

The Silver Child

I have to admit to not being an avid reader of fiction books. You're more likely to find me with my head buried in a travel book, dreaming of far flung lands, or having a look into the lives of the rich and famous and actually realising that actually they're not much better off! However, since I realised that I should be taking a greater interest in children's books (for obvious reasons), I've noticed what I've been missing out on.

Currently I'm immersed in 'The Silver Child', a fantasy tale of children with special gifts drawn together to an abandoned wasteland called Cold Harbour. Abandoning their homes, none of the children quite know why they were drawn to such a dangerous, desolate place, and why they feel the need to stay when they all had warm beds and families waiting for them at home. Each child has the gift of a special skill, I suppose you could say it's a bit like the X-Men, maybe that's why I'm enjoying it. Although these children were not born with these skills, more of a mutation really, it is only now that they have discovered them, since arriving at Cold Harbour. At the stage I am at in the book I have been introduced to five characters, all with one thing in common, a deafening but silent roar they can all hear, like nothing they have ever heard. I feel as though I am the sixth character at the moment, I also have no idea why these children have been brought together, or what this mysterious roar is? I'm eager to find out the reasons for them being called to Cold Harbour and to find out what happens next...

Silver Child

I think this would be a great book for children, it has plenty of imagination that can be used to develop their own pictures of the characters in the story and you never know who or what is going to turn up next. It can be a bit crazy and at times a bit dark but keeps you turning the pages to find out that little bit more.

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