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Preview — Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner
Nightshade City (Nightshade Chronicles #1)
Deep beneath Trillium City, a modern metropolis, lies the Catacombs, a kingdom of rats of extraordinary intelligence and ability. The once peaceful and democratic colony has become a har...more
However, there are some rats who won't stand for it much longer. Brothers Vincent and Victor escape the catacombs and go Topside for the chance at a better life. Topside the brothers find another city of rats, ones who have fought when Billycan and Killdeer took over their city in the catacombs and they plan to overthrow ...more
This story warmed my heart, made me laugh out loud and cry solid fall down the cheek tears. A huge range of emotion I did not expect.
I fell into the world lock stock and dirt tunnel never leaving until there were no words left to climb. Each character formed solidly in my mind, their hopes, dreams and fears digging their way into my soul. Especially Noc, my favorite.
A wonderful story of wha ...more
This book is a must read for anyone nine and older.
A male rat named Juniper, supposedly killed by Billycan during the Bloody Coup, is living in hiding with his niece,Clover, waiting for the right moment ...more
Here are the thoughts of my daughter Hannah on Nightshade City. (She's eleven)
"I love Nightshade City (as my dad has already told you). I love all the characters and that you describe them all. But I sort of had a hard time imagining Lali. I know what she looks like except for her color. I don't think you say in the book.
I was also wondering who are the rats on page 201?
I love your book and I can't wait for the next one to come out. and also as my dad told you, I'm on my fourth time ...more
I'm also super excited that Billycan - BOOK 2 - has been sold to Holiday ...more
And yet some of the themes were pretty intense for kiddos. Fairly violent scenes, including a strangling, and ripping out an eyeball. The bad leader is a heavy drinker and uses the lady rats against their will. This is spoken of in pretty indirect terms ...more
Even adults like this kind of story, becoming a child again by suspending reality for a new and different world, one that broadens the imagination. Like others have said, I sometimes forgot these were rats, not humans, similar to other major rat-character stories, such as The Rescuers, etc. They mirror human behavior and actions all too well, even with the story revealing current socio-political concerns. An author can tell almost anything if its in the realms of Sci- ...more
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