The Sight

The Sight

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by David Clement-Davies
     
 

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In the shadow of an abandoned castle, a wolf pack seeks shelter. the she-wolf ’s pups will not be able to survive the harsh transylvanian winter. And they are being stalked by a lone wolf, Morgra, possessed of a mysterious and terrifying power known as the sight. Morgra knows that one of the pups born beneath the castle holds a key to power even stronger than

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In the shadow of an abandoned castle, a wolf pack seeks shelter. the she-wolf ’s pups will not be able to survive the harsh transylvanian winter. And they are being stalked by a lone wolf, Morgra, possessed of a mysterious and terrifying power known as the sight. Morgra knows that one of the pups born beneath the castle holds a key to power even stronger than her own—power that could give her control of this world and the next. but the pack she hunts will do anything to protect their own, even if it means setting in motion a battle that will involve all of nature, including the creature the wolves fear the most—Man.

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From the Publisher
A heartbreaking work of imaginative vision. (Kirkus Reviews)
Publishers Weekly
As in his Fire Bringer, Clement-Davies's new fantasy novel features talking animals (Vargs, or wolves, instead of deer), a militant pack with a power-hungry leader, a prophecy involving a newborn that proves gifted (a white wolf who has the Sight, which can be used to see the future, heal and even control others) and the author creates imaginative mythologies (here drawing on everything from Christianity to Little Red Riding Hood). Also, both prophecies speak of a marked one (this time it turns out to be a stolen human child) and the revelation of a secret. But readers may find the creative plotting here even more compelling than in the author's first novel and the cryptic prophecy's meaning will keep them guessing. Larka, a white wolf, and her family are hunted, initially by Morgra, who strives to become the powerful Man Varg (also foretold in the prophecy); a rebel pack also hunts them (Slavka, its leader, seeks to destroy all that claim to have the Sight). After Larka loses members of her pack, she embarks on a solo journey and finds teachers who help her master the Sight, using it to heal the "human cub" and to prepare to face Morgra. Despite sophisticated language and some complex concepts, such as the origins of evil, the author's clever plot twists (such as which wolf eventually claims to be Wolfbane) make the thick novel well worth the commitment. Strong female characters also provide a refreshing change to the often male-dominated science-fiction/fantasy field. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Animal fantasy fans have all they can wish for and then some in this hefty novel of heroic proportions. Wolves are the animal of choice in this epic saga, set in the long ago woodlands of Transylvania. Pitted against one another are the evil Morgra, whose bitter life inspires her to fulfill the darkest of prophecies, and Larka, her niece, who is equally driven to see good triumph. Both Morgra and Larka are gifted with the Sight, which enables them to see through the eyes of birds, as well as glimpse into the past, present, and future. Morgra heralds the return of Wolfbane, the Evil One, who has promised to summon the dead. Legend has it that only a family can battle the Evil One. But is Larka's family the one of which the legend speaks? As Larka journeys to meet her destiny, another rebel faction kidnaps a human child in an attempt to gain understanding into the greatest of all creatures: Man. This sprawling, ambitious novel has it all: action, adventure, and apocalyptic battles. Also blended in are morality tales with their roots in history, religion, mythology, and ecology. Ideal for teens who are looking for a challenging read. 2002, Dutton Books,
— Christopher Moning
VOYA
Clement-Davies turns his attention to wolves in this allegorical novel set in Transylvania, creating a culture and social structure for them as he did for the red deer in Fire Bringer (Dutton, 2000/VOYA October 2000). A wolf pack takes shelter in a den near a huge stone castle so that Palla, the drappa, or female leader, can deliver her cubs. The journey has been hard on them all, and only two pups survive, a black male wolf called Fell and Larka, a white female. Soon after, however, the entire pack becomes ensnarled in a prophecy concerning the Sight—an ability to see from the perspective of other creatures—and a curse that proves deadly to some and nearly tears the wolf family apart. Larka, Fell, and their parents become the focus of Morgra, who wishes to enact part of the prophecy for her own gain, and Slavka, another wolf whose followers reject all notions of the Sight and even will destroy any creature who claims knowledge of it. The writing is gorgeous here but much denser than in Clement-Davies's previous novel, and the tale is much more introspective. Although the pace is steady, it is slower, and the philosophical contemplations make the tale somewhat less accessible. The narrative is rich, complex, and most importantly, credible, but it requires a thoughtful and perceptive reader. Fortunately, there are always enough of those in most high schools or hanging out in public libraries to make this title a worthwhile purchase. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2002, Dutton, 432p,
— Donna Scanlon
KLIATT
In the biting cold of a Transylvanian winter, cubs are born into a wolf pack—cubs destined to play a vital role in the fulfillment of an ancient legend. Larka, born with a distinctive white coat, is gifted with the Sight, the ability to see through the eyes of others and to look into the past and into the future. She is stalked by the bitter, sly she-wolf Morgra, who seeks power and will do anything to achieve it. A human baby is stolen, and tragedies strike the wolf pack and threaten to tear it apart. But as the legend foretells, "only a family both loving and true" can triumph over the evil Morgra seeks to bring into being, and Larka's family at last manages to prevail. And in the end Larka offers "a vision of hope" for wolves and for humans, even though she loses her own life in a final struggle with Morgra. This long, dark fantasy draws on tales and folklore of Romania and the Balkans, as Clement-Davies (author of the acclaimed Fire Bringer) explains in an author's note at the end. Readers who like Watership Down and fantasy sagas will appreciate this epic tale about wolves and its examination of issues of destiny, evil, bloodlust, and loyalty. Category: Hardcover Fiction. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Penguin Putnam, Dutton, 432p., $21.99. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; KLIATT SOURCE: KLIATT, March 2002 (Vol. 36, No. 2)
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-In Transylvania, some time in the past, a she-wolf named Palla gives birth to two cubs, an all-white female named Larka and a male named Fell. These are strange times for the Varg, as the wolves call themselves-Palla's outcast sister Morgra has gained power over a large group of fighting wolves and is determined to gain ultimate power by creating a "Man Varg," mingling the consciousness of a Sighted wolf with that of a human child in order to achieve a Vision of the world. Young Larka has the Sight, a form of ESP, and her pack is torn apart as Morgra attempts to capture her. Roman mythology, Christianlike theology, and supernatural horror all combine to form the legends that lead the Varg toward their destinies. Its members are realistically wolflike; their cold, harsh environment is vividly depicted; and elements of the story are quite exciting. However, much of the tension is lost by a convoluted plot and a multitude of interminable scenes, mostly discussions between characters, that will make many readers either skip ahead or abandon the book entirely. However, this may be a good choice for readers who have outgrown Brian Jacques's "Redwall" series (Philomel) and are ready for a more complicated animal fantasy.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Clement-Davies (Fire Bringer, 2000) returns with another powerful animal fantasy, in which wolves pit instinct against legend. In medieval Transylvania, scarred by human superstition and violence, a small wolf pack flees the tyranny of Morgra, leader of the Gestapo-like Night Hunters. Their newborn cubs are marked by the prophecy of the Sight, a mysterious power that allows wolves to commune with birds, see the past and the future, and even control the minds of others. Pursued by Morgra's curse, the pack is destroyed one by one, leaving only young Larka. She must endure harsh testing by the elements, elude those seeking her life, and overcome her own despair in order to hone the Sight, and discover the deepest power of all: the secret of Man. In this staggeringly ambitious allegory, wherein myths, history, even the landscape have rich symbolic resonance, Clement-Davies's reach sometimes exceeds his grasp. His huge cast, while complex and vivid, can become confusing; too often he preaches through his characters, rather than allowing them to tell their own stories. Still, the tale possesses an epic grandeur, and the poetic language evokes both lyric mysticism and immediate passionate sensuality. As Larka's messianic destiny unfolds, her journey is filled with tragedy, bitterness, violence, and betrayal; but there is also sacrifice, courage, and a love beyond all loss. Above all, this is a story about stories: how they educate, enrich, and comfort, but also entrap within the dead weight of myth. As much as the reader will learn about wolves, close attention will reveal even more about what it means to be human. A flawed but heartbreaking work of imaginative vision. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142408742
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/16/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
174,332
Product dimensions:
5.41(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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A heartbreaking work of imaginative vision. (Kirkus Reviews)

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David Clement-Davies is a journalist and travel writer. He lives in London.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book a wighle back ,mainly because i saw a wolf on the front cover and i love anything to do with wolfs. as i started reading it got better and better i cudent belive how intising the book was. i just barly foud out about the next book 'fell' and i cant wait to get that one and start reading it. all i can say is if your looking for a good book with a hooking plotline and a i just kant let go of the book i would sugest the book
Maidievh More than 1 year ago
This book is a heartbreaking, uplifting, and breathtaking story of family, love, treachery, magic and legend. I first read and purchased this book when it first came out, looking for a good read, and this book satisfied that need- to the tune of being read at least twice a year. It never fails to be a good read, break my heart, or leave me breathless. Clement-Davies certainly did his research on the history, legends and lore of ancient Romania, and he overdid himself on his research of the familial ties of wolf packs- the characters are fantastically feral and untamed, but their characterizations, relationships, fears, secrets and dreams make them resonate with the reader. The plot moves smoothly, making it an easy read- it's harder to put it down! It sucks you in and when you force yourself to pull out, it leaves you winded. Despite having a hold on someone my age (25), the writing is clean and easy to understand for younger audiences, and has a message of love, hope and a connection that ties the world together. This story made me cry the first time I read it, and it still makes me tear up every time. This book is amazing and everyone should have a copy on their shelf- I do, and it's a lovingly worn, dog eared copy that has seen much reading on rainy nights and sunny days.
breathless More than 1 year ago
There may be many books about wolves out there, but none of them are quite like the Sight. This book gives a very detailed view into religion, death and the effects of humans on enviornment, but still somehow manages to remain a rather light read. I would reccomend this book to anyone of any age who wants to get a different view on life or just wants a great read.
loop2468 More than 1 year ago
The Sight is truely David Clemente-Davies masterpiece. It is an intricate tale of love, death, family, lore, and the ways of nature. The detail is outstanding and paints a perfect picture in the reader's mind. Aside from that,the story, although a little complicated, is a mixture of real fears, and fears of the fantastic variaty (such as curses, and the sight itself.) I would recomend this book to those who enjoy a good read, but also have the time to read (as this is a thick book). It is probably best to be read by tweens to young adults. I would also recomend this to readers of the fantasy genre. It is overall better than it's sequel, Fell, and has a better story line than books such as twilight. Even though this is a fantasy, it is still filled with realistic situations in the wild. It is a very unique style of fantasy, jam packed with the real facts, including pack life, the humans at the time, and Romania overall. It is apparent that Clemente-Davies did his research and then some. This is by far one of his greatest pieces of work. Wonderfully done David Clemente-Davies.
LiviaJayne More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading The Sight, I wasn't quite sure about it, but soon enough, I was completely hooked and wrapped up in the story. It is a great book with wonderful insight into the world of wolves.
Book-wild More than 1 year ago
This book is part of a ongoing series and is very fascinating! It is a fabulous book and is full of adventure and action. It goes into old wolf lore and is fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was only 10 and was probably a little young to read this but i hava higher reading level for someone my age so here was my insight on this book: AWESOME!!!!! TOP 10 FAVS for sure! This book is emotionally gripping and if u liked this one you need to read FELL, the next book. I read both and felt that the number one thing to get out of these books is complete self-satisfaction because wow this author has the talent of being able to entertain bored teens and young adults. Thank u for writing this mr.david. i love it!!!!! Now that im older i still wanna read it!!!!
Joshi Jacobsma More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. i enjoyed readinguu
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I CRIED WHILE READING!just a unforgetable heart wrenching story fell made me cry as well anything and everything you need to know about life is in the sight n fell.it truly is love sacrifice friendship family religon all the challenges are there. to me it throws everything in reverse it showed wisdom beyond comprehension. it shows truth on the inside and makes you wonder....in comparison.....we humans are more animalistic....the animals more human than ourselves
Arletta More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! Thrilling, full of excitement an mystery, and VERY addicting. It keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page, and even then you want to keep reading more!
kalbers More than 1 year ago
The Sight is an amazing book and one of the best books I've ever read.Once you start reading it you won't be able to stop.Trust me, you will love this book!That is if your an animal lover.
JAWS More than 1 year ago
The Sight was a book that kept me reading for more. It brought tears to my eyes at points yet it touched my heart. Important lessons in life can be learned throughout many of the characters. Good for a school project or just as a fun read.
DARKWOLF More than 1 year ago
At first when I bought The Sight, I just had it lyng around. I had read the synopsis and I thought it was a "childish fantasy novel." HUMPH!!! CHILDISH FANTASY NOVEL MY GUTS! It was an amazing book. Perplexing, Thrilling, and all that other good stuff. It had powerful characters, astonishing settings, great dialogues, a powerful plot, and more, MORE, MORE!!!! Anyway, I haven't read Fire Bringer or Fell yet, but I really am looking forward to! I highly recommend this book to people that love Wolves, strong Fantasy novels, and those that don't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I read this book when i was 8th grade which was like 2 months ago. Back then people would only read books that gave you A.R. point. This was because of the Accelerated Reading program our school has. Although i just had enough points to pass i still read books off the list. For example this was one of those great books i read during the year. People would ask me why i still read and i told them that i had a what you could say a passion for it. Another thing is after break 'which is ten minutes' we have have something called d.e.a.r. 'drop everything and read' We would go to our third period class and just read for 30 minutes. So i would always be tortured after d.e.a.r. since the wait of after school to read. I would never look at the clock in fear that it would hit the thirty minute mark. I look forward to reading the sequel Fell.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sight was one of the best books i ever read and is now definately my favorite series. I got this book at Barnes and Nobles because I love animals, fantasies, and mysteries. This book seemed perfect for me and it was ' especially since wolves are my favorite animals '. This book is the best and if you ask me if you haven't read it yet then you have no idea what you're missing:'':
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like I said this isn't what I look for in a book and I was very disappointed. I was so excited to read this book because its the kind of book IK love, animal adventure/fantasy, but it turned out to be a let down. I believe there are two 'alities' in the world: reality and what I call bookality. Now bookality shares some of the things that reality has death, despair, and other negative real life things but there is a big difference between the two. Most of the time reality sucks and is not like what you see in movies, bookality is more like movies. There is conflict and sadness through the main part but when it is all said and done you are left with a happy uplifting ending. The Sight was much different. The Sight was too much like reality. Almost all the characters died, which I don't mind throughout the book, but to have the book end like that is not what I like. The ending was much too depressing and I did not like that at all. Now the author was very descriptive, used brilliant language, and kept the story going. I was always very hooked on the story and couldn't put it down. That's why I gave it two stars instead of one. If you like animal fantasies/adventure novels and don't mind depressing endings it is a very good book and you would like it. If you are like me and can't stand terribly sad endings stay away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It had a great ending and it was not expected. I hope he writes a sequal. Larka was a wonderful wolf in the book. Possibly my favorite story. It has a great hidden message also!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding masterpiece! This book is absolutely fantastic. It's one of my favorite genres, has just the right amount of drama, and I LOVE wolves. It's like a recipe that's made of paper. Its plot was wonderfully done, and if it were a movie, I would watch it over and over. I greatly recommend this phenomenal treasure to my fellow wolf-lovers and fans of adventure, wonder, and nature. I read this book more than 5 times, and each time it's just as good as the first. You rock, David Clement-Davies!
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animalsandmagic More than 1 year ago
A really good story that combines some realistic elements of the wolf with a fantasy type story. A really good book for anyone that likes wolves and animal adventure stories.
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HEO More than 1 year ago
I think the author forgot what he was writing about and where he was going. On mutable occasions...