Review, The Double-Edged Sword, Sarah Silverwood

| 16 February , 2011 | Reply

Tina Gamble

“Sixteen’s an interesting age. Not quite a fully grown man, but not a kid either. Anything is possible when you’re sixteen.”

The Double-Edged Sword by Sarah Silverwood is the first book in The Nowhere Chronicles, and an exciting adventure novel, about a 16-year-old boy who discovers he can move through the boundaries of Existence into an alternative London; The Nowhere.

Fin has led a double life. Alternating between two very different schools, he is getting tired of the lies, and all of the secrecy. On his sixteenth birthday, Fin finds his guardian killed – murdered by a double-edged sword.

Meanwhile, in an alternative London, the Knights of Nowhere have kidnapped the Storyholder. Their actions bring with it a black storm that threatens both worlds. And now it\’s up to Fin and his friends to rescue the Storyholder and save Existence.

The story is a great addition to any teen\’s shelf. It has all the elements to make for a very exciting novel: action, adventure and an alternative world!

Fin is a believable and likeable character, while Ted is well drawn. Joe and Christopher, however, were sometimes a bit too easily accepting of everything that gets thrown at them. Enthusiastic – yes – they are always ready for adventure. Though, I would have been more likely to believe in them, if they had put up more of a fight or posed more questions or doubts.

Occasionally, readers may find that the voices of Fin, Joe and Christopher do seem more suited to a 14 or 15 year old, instead of their 16 years. Though, as the story progresses, the boys are all faced with a test of their own, and you are able to see them grow up. By the end of the novel, the boys all become more 3D and real.

There was a little something left wanting in St John Golden as an antagonist. I didn\’t think he was quite a worthy enough opposition to Fin\’s character. The story however, didn\’t suffer too much from this, as readers will still find themselves fascinated with the Nowhere, the knights and all the mystery that surrounds Fin.

The Double-Edged Sword is an appealing story, suited to teens, who are looking for a fun escapade into another world, full of magic, intrigue and hidden doorways. I am definitely looking forward to book two of The Nowhere Chronicles, as there were a few questions, which I am hanging out for answers to.

What did I learn from Sarah Silverwood\’s, The Double-Edged Sword?

Anything\’s possible – not just when you\’re sixteen.

Available Now: Hachette RRP $22.99


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