A. R. Silverberry writes fiction for adults and children. His novel, WYNDANO'S CLOAK, won multiple awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award gold medal for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction. He lives in California, where the majestic coastline, trees, and mountains inspire his writing. THE STREAM is his second novel. Follow him at www.arsilverberry.com.
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After a devastating storm kills his parents, five-year-old Wend awakens to the strange world of the Stream. He discovers he can only travel downstream, and dangers lurk at every turn: deadly rapids, ruthless pirates, a mysterious pavilion that lures him into intoxicating fantasies, and rumor of a giant
What if your world was six miles wide and endlessly long?
After a devastating storm kills his parents, five-year-old Wend awakens to the strange world of the Stream. He discovers he can only travel downstream, and dangers lurk at every turn: deadly rapids, ruthless pirates, a mysterious pavilion that lures him into intoxicating fantasies, and rumor of a giant waterfall at the edge of the world. Defenseless, alone, with only courage and his will to survive, Wend begins his quest to become a man. Will tragic loss trap him in a shadow world, or will he enter the Stream, with all its passion and peril?
Part coming-of-age tale, part adventure, part spiritual journey, The Stream is a fable about life, impermanence, and the gifts found in each moment.
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The Stream by A.R. Silverberry is, at first glance, a vivid and eventful fantasy novel. A story within a story, it focuses primarily on the life of Wend, a young boy who lives on a boat with his parents, travelling down the seemingly never-ending stream. One can never go back upstream, but only continue on the unknown path, so when Wend’s parents are taken from him, the young boy encounters all sorts of wonderful, dark and fearful people and places as his journey continues. What transpires is an inspirational conceptual novel where the stream is a metaphor for the path of one’s own life, full of twists, turns and unpredictability as to who and what we encounter as our own journeys unfold. The Stream is a novel about life and the terrifying notion of never knowing what is coming around the next bend. It is also about keeping one’s faith and believing that life will deliver you the things you need, even when times look dismal and bleak. I was delighted by A.R. Silverberry’s tact in never specifying any religious connotations with the metaphor of the stream, which means that any reader with any kind of belief system is able to take away this book’s incredibly uplifting message. Wend’s story is heart-breaking, joyous, desperate and exciting, but it also gave me constant pause to assess the meaning of the stream itself and think about the twists and turns of my own life that have led me to where I am today. Masterful storytelling and a thought-provoking read.