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Firewing (Silverwing #3)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  4,829 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
The forest heaves and splits in a terrible quake, and Griffin, a newborn Silverwing bat, is sucked down a fissure deep into the earth. Shade, Griffin's father, soon realizes that his son has been drawn into the Underworld and embarks on the most dangerous of journeys to rescue him. Shade knows he must find Griffin quickly -- legend dictates that if the living stumble into ...more
Paperback, 261 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2000)
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4.5 STARS. Kenneth Oppel is a great author, no doubt about it. He creates characters that feel real, whether they be humans or bats, and weaves a world around them that you feel you inhabit while you read about it. His action sequences are among the best I've read yet he manages to instill such thoughtfulness and heartfelt emotions in his characters that the stories always have a depth that still manages to surprise and impress me even though I've read half a dozen of his books so far.

I wavered
Alison Strumbeck
Nov 28, 2012 Alison Strumbeck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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What a horrible story. Why is it these authors become so despondent by their third book? He should have just stopped with the second book and been done with it. After all the thrilling adventure and the victory of the first 2 books, Shade and his son Griffin end up in hell and are trying to escape. Some of the most compelling images of hell are described here. (Which from that aspect was truly fascinating and great food for thought.) The heroes of the past books that have died end
Ella {amor deliria nervosa}
I'm between 2 and 3 stars on this book. I must say I LOVED Silverwing and Sunwing, but I just hated the story (well actually only the ending) of this book!
WARNING: Major spoiler ahead!!! read at your own risk. I'm pretty much reveling the whole ending of this book.

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Okay wow, this is a weird conclusion. In fact, it doesn't feel like having all too much in common with the first two books of the trilogy, who both feel much more like a stand alone-work than this book. The supernatural elements in book one were rare and not significant to the plot. In book two, they were more present, mainly through the weird antics of main villain Goth, who may or may have not been possessed by underworld god Zotz. Or by a cruel will to dominate. In book three, however, the su ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Daniel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to the Silverwing series by Kenneth Oppel, I am instantly intrigued and interested. They are spectacular. This one, Firewing, is the last one in the series that is about Shade, is about Shade, who in this book is a father of a child named Griffin. Griffin slips through a rift in the ground into the Underworld, where is is told to find the Tree to return home. However, in this world, he is the only living one. Other bats in the Underworld are dead, and can steal your life. Shade mus ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Lydia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A disappointing conclusion to Shade's journeys (as I understand the last book in the series is actually a far past prequel), and seems to argue the point with the Airborn series that Oppel chokes after the second book in a series. Altogether, it does have a cohesive, interesting plot, but suffers many other problems. Nearly all the book happens in the land of the dead, so it is more surreal than the previous books, which is a good and bad thing (land of the dead should be weird to the living, bu ...more
Liam ~I've got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night. Telling me I wasn't made for the simple life~
This is possibly the worst book ever. And I read Eldest, so I'm one to talk. The storyline itself is darn depressing, but the ending is the worst in the history of literature. Absolutely pathetic. The spoiler is the ending, so don't read it.

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Feb 06, 2011 Bbiggio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that Griffin will steal fire from the humans because he is tiered of being thought of as boring.

pg46 12/4/10 This book is very confusing but is very exciting to read. Like when Shade woke up and his heart wasnt beating but he felt like he was still alive. But it was only a dream.

pg103 12/12/10 In Firewing Griffin wishes his father(Shade) was there to help. In Sunwing Shade wishes that his friend Chinook was there to help him.

pg 12/18/10 In Firewing Griffin is aggravated with Frieda (Elde
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Angela Oliver
One of the things I enjoyed about this installment in the Silverwing saga was the fantastical nature of the plot. The earlier ones were just slightly off on the believable aspect, but because this one delved into a whole new world where anything could happen (and frequently did), it did not jar with me. Griffin's personality also struck a chord, I think because he was so different from his father. Indeed, the only thing that really bugged me was the corny nature of the ending (the sacrifice bit) ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has quite a depressing ending. The entire book just made me sad that the main character was not Shade anymore.Overall,one of the gloomiest books I've ever read.
Jan 09, 2016 Madhupria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just plain stupid!
Nov 22, 2016 Ross rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst ending ever. Read to my kids. They were traumatized. Shame on you Kenneth Oppel for writing this sh*t.
Nov 13, 2016 Josephine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ian McGaffey
Sep 29, 2016 Ian McGaffey rated it really liked it
This one took a while to get me hooked, but it picked up about half way through. A little more existential than i like, but still enjoyable. Only one more book in the series, though I'll be going back in time.
Dec 10, 2009 Timothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 13, 2013 Rintje rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Plot Summary:
Griffin – the main character- is a crossed silverwing and brightwing bat. He is clumsier and uglier than the average bat. There is a huge earthquake in the forest he lives in and the forest is split in two. He ventures off on his own before the earthquake happens then he get sucked into the earth. Soon griffin realizes that he has been sucked into the underworld. His father Shade has just come back from the far away forest and he realizes that he must embark on this mission to sa
Travis Mccluskey

Do you like a book that has lots of suspense and almost makes you cry? If you answered yes, then Firewing is the book for you. It is a great fiction read, that I feel is an amazing piece of art. Firewing will dazzle you, I guarantee it.

In the beginning of Firewing, the story begins to piece together. The cave falls through and he ends up the Underworld. This is unknown to Griffin until later, but the author states this is the Underworld. No food or water is here. The people de
Adam Wilson
Sep 23, 2011 Adam Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firewing was a very well thought out and satisfying ending for the Silverwing series, or at least the ones involving the adventures of Shade. In this book, the story seemed to become a bit more complex than the previous two. Yes, Shade does have to follow his son Griffin into the underworld (of bats, not all creatures) and atempt to rescue him, but there is a lot more emotion in this book. I always love when the main character of a series has a child and that child tries to live up to their fath ...more
Jan 19, 2012 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february
Firewing is the continuation of the book Sunwing. Firewing is about a young bat named Griffin, who goes on a journey in the land of the dead. In the land of the dead, he meets Luna, a young bat that got killed because of Griffin. Griffin soon learns that he is not dead, but everyone else is. He also learns about the "Tree". The "Tree" is where the dead can go and start a new life, so Griffin decides to take Luna with him. At the same time, Shade, Griffin's father, goes to the land of the dead t ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Cliff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this final volume of the Silverwing trilogy, however, this book was by far the most flawed. Perhaps it is the evolution of Kenneth Oppel's writing style, but the first book was almost formulaic. The sequel managed to improve upon the overall story and probably should have been the end of the series. This third volume just seems to be tacked on without much forethought. To begin with, there's a question whether the protagonist is Shade or Griffin. It seems that Griffin sees the most g ...more
Jun 12, 2015 J.T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals-fiction
Firewing continues the saga of the Silverwing colony, focusing on Griffin, son of the hero in its prequels, Shade.
At first glance he'd almost seem like the opposite of his father, a trait made worse considering everyone else in the colony continually reminds him of the feats his father did (likely without knowing Shade was a loner at first, too). As luck would have it, the one time he attempts to try something "brave" the young bat inadvertently starts a chain of events that pull him directly in
Of the three in the trilogy, this is the most unique because it’s entirely a fantasy world rather than a mythology of bats within our own world. Shade and his son Griffin are thrust into the world of the dead even though they are still alive, and all of the elements that they encounter are entirely otherworldly, even the way the world is created. On the other hand, it works against this text as a classroom text because it’s completely out of the context of our own world. The natural laws are ent ...more
May 13, 2016 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ian Hentschel
Aug 14, 2016 Ian Hentschel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story up to when Goth got back to Earth and Shade sacrificed himself. Its SO sad! How can Kenneth kill of such a character! Im glad that Luna and Griffin survive but then Shade gets send back to Earth as a spirit who cant interact or talk with his family, and he will have to watch them grow old and die but cant do a thing about it. Also.......Java, Nemo, Murk, and Yorick get sucked into a different dimension, and the big happy group gets shattered. I was so sad, and yet strangly fill ...more
Jori Richardson
Dec 08, 2012 Jori Richardson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the first two books
I loved the first two books in this trilogy, which I read years ago. Though perhaps aimed toward a younger audience, I decided to read this book simply because the previous two were enjoyed so much in my middle school years.
The plot was a bit too unrealistic - or perhaps it was the way that Oppel created the entirely new and unique Underworld. It was a courageous idea, to be sure, but one that was not quite pulled off.
Also, each event seemed to drag on. The focus was placed mainly on the setting
Anya Rostov
Jun 12, 2016 Anya Rostov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People are really beating up this book. In fact, they caused me to almost overlook it altogether and stop at Book Two, which I'm really glad I didn't. This one was, in my opinion, a conclusive and solid ending to the trilogy.
Maybe I never was a cheerleader for Shade or I'm just more accustomed to more depressing themes, but I thought it was played out beautifully. To be honest, I did not think it was depressing at all.
Shade, through his role of a father, is a depiction of a character who has g
Chris Barrett
Jun 21, 2012 Chris Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really nice conclusion to the triology, even through I TOTALLY thought there was going to be another one. It was kinda' set up like that. Maybe I should spam the author until he wrotes another one? Maybe not...
Anyways... I think it was a nice touch. That would be an amazing afterlife (what the author created). It really made me look at bats an entirley different way!


It was really s
Jan 24, 2013 Marcus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been several years after the events of "Sunwing," and Marina and Shade had married and had a son, a newborn bat by the name of Griffin. What happens when Griffin has fallen into the underworld? Shade must find Griffin and save him from death, he must hope that his skills as a child has not deteriorated yet.

We travel with Shade Silverwing, who ventures into the Underworld itself to find and rescue his son, Griffin. But Shade has conquered difficult challenges before, what is there possibly
Faith Chin
Do you remember Shade and Marina in the two previous books? Well, this book actually centers on their son, Griffin. After Griffin accidentally killed Luna, his best friend, by burning her, he quickly travels to the hellish mystical Underworld ruled by the Aztecan bat god, Cama Zots, whom the Vampyrum Spectrums believe in. There, he finds the dead spirit of Luna, and other bats. He must find a way out of here, with Luna too. They must travel to the Tree, in which souls may pass to go to the upper ...more
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I was born in 1967 in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia...At around twelve I decided I wanted to be a writer (this came after deciding I wanted to be a scientist, and then an architect). I started out writing sci-fi epics (my Star Wars phase) then went on to swords ...more
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