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Knights of the Borrowed Dark Paperback – 8 Aug 2017
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Scary and funny my two favorites. Dave Rudden is more than a rising star; he is a shooting star. Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series
Like the Percy Jackson series, the Hunger Games, or the Shiver trilogy, Knights of the Borrowed Dark is dark and compelling, and builds an addictive universe of characters, high stakes, and evocative imagery. Jeffrey Cranor, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Welcome to Night Vale
Dave Rudden has a way with words, a way with story, and a way with characters. Clear some time in your schedule before you read this, because once you start, it is very difficult to stop. Joseph Fink, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Welcome to Night Vale"
"Scary and funny--my two favorites. Dave Rudden is more than a rising star; he is a shooting star." --Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series
"Dave Rudden has a way with words, a way with story, and a way with characters. Clear some time in your schedule before you read this, because once you start, it is very difficult to stop." --Joseph Fink, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Welcome to Night Vale
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Denizen Hardwick doesn't believe in magic - until he's ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight.
That kind of thing can really change your perspective.
Now Denizen is about to discover that there's a world beyond the one he knows. A world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits.
Fortunately for humanity, between us and the shadows stand the Knights of the Borrowed Dark.
Unfortunately for Denizen, he's one of them... --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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KOTBD is the eagerly-anticipated debut and first in the trilogy from Dave Rudden. Traversing the country while alluding to various other global locations, Denizen’s discovery of a mysterious group of knights opens up a world of ‘borrowed darkness.’
What we get is a pulpy mix of medieval lore and pure inventiveness. Rudden’s main strengths lie in his core concept of the knights who defend the world from intruding dark forces through a form of ‘magic’ (though they hate that term). The knights pay a ‘cost’ by turning gradually to iron each time they use the power to vanquish the darkness. The author’s descriptions are also a joy to read, such as ‘the road looped round the shoulders of the mountain like a tailor’s measuring tape.’ I found myself re-reading passages to enjoy the description and characterisation in various parts of the book.
The plot itself is propelled by a well-rounded cast of characters, none moreso than Denizen himself, a boy who is cynical to the point of having a compendium of frowns. Rudden is also unflinching in shedding blood; nobody is safe, which is always a great and brave feature to see in a series, particularly this early in a trilogy!
It leaves you wanting more, and fortunately Dave Rudden seems game to the challenge: Book 2 is already written and we’re already looking forward to it.
At the age of 13 Denizen Hardwick, is suddenly thrown into a world so far removed from the boring, neglected one he'd always known as a child brought up in an austere orphanage...few friends, no comforts and a fear of the unfeeling, hard faced head master.
From the moment he's taken out of the orphanage, to the closing of the last chapter, Denizen's life is filled with the strange, and the unbelievably life shattering world of the 'Borrowed Dark'.
This is a story for those who enjoy highly descriptive fantasy, and not recommended for those with no imagination!
Late last year we lost, tragically young, a most promising Irish born children's writer in Nigel McDowell. There can, of course, be no direct replacement. However in Dave Rudden we now have another young Irish author who has the potential not only to rival mega sellers like Rick Riordan and Deren Landy but to join the ranks of the real greats in contemporary writing for children with the likes of Philip Reeve, Frances Hardinge and Kenneth Opel.
KOTBD gets my very highest recommendation. A rare honour.
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