Most helpful critical review
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2006
Like the first book in this sequence, The Silver Child, Silver City is a very unusual and rather disturbing story. It concerns the fate of the world resting in the hands of many children, who undergo strange and frightening changes to prepare them for the battle ahead. There are many graphic scenes and the book verges on horror. It is a 'children's book' in the sense that the key characters are children, but I doubt it would make suitable bedtime reading for many.
Like the first book, this one leaves you with many questions, and is not a satisfying read in itself. To understand and appreciate the story you will need to read the whole sequence. Another annoyance (which stops the book getting a higher star rating) is the regular occurence of what appear to be 'continuation errors', as the author seems to forget which children are where or what they are doing. Maybe this is less noticeable to children than adults? It is certainly annoying when you find you need to reread a section because it doesn't appear to make sense, only to find that indeed it does not!
All this said, it is certainly a gripping story, perhaps because it opens up so many questions and doesn't rush to answer them, or perhaps because it is so bizarre and disturbing that you wonder what the author will dream up for these children next. I would certainly think very carefully before giving this book to any child under the age of 14, and it would very much depend on the maturity of the reader if 14+. As a parent, I'd recommend you read this story first yourself, and use your personal judgement to decide whether it is suitable for your own child.