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Firewing (Silverwing #3)

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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  3,961 ratings  ·  110 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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Kathryn
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
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Daniel
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
Alison Strumbeck
Spoiler Alert!
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
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Azalea
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
Lydia
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
Bbiggio
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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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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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
♥Justine♥
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Carrie Meng
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.
J.T.
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
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Sara
HOW COULD YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????? HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME KENNETH OPPEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????? HOW DARE YOU DO THIS TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????? YOU HAVE BETRAYED MY TRUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW COULD YOU END THIS BOOK THAT WAY!!!!!!!!??????????????????????????????? THE ENDING COMPLETELY RUINS THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BAD GUY IS NOT SUPPOSED TO LIVE AND ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW..HOW COULD YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!? NO!!! SHADE ...more
Adam Wilson
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
Irene
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
Veena
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Jori Richardson
Dec 08, 2012 Jori Richardson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Cliff
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
Lindsey
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
Travis Mccluskey
*SPOILER ALERT*

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
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Rintje
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
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Timothy
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Eskana
Where the series really kicked the bucket.

I read this once, at LEAST 10 years ago, and I can still remember most of the plot and how extremely disappointed I was. Griffin is Shade's son, and yes, here he goes to the bat-underworld. Just when you thought these books were kinda realistic (I mean, they discuss animal testing and using animals in human warfare, for crying out loud) boom- here's the bat "god of death."

Just- don't.
Chris Barrett
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!

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SPOILERS!!!!!!!!
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It was really s
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Marcus
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
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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
Ekin
Feb 24, 2015 Ekin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ekin by: Library
I like this book because the book includes bats in the story. I kind of like fantasy books because, I like to create images in my head. And also I find bats interesting because they are the only mammals that are blind.
Jake Frey
Shade, the main character is a bat that gets sucked into the underworld while exploring this crack in the earth after an earthquake. While in the underworld, his father goes in to save him. Shade is constantly on the lookout for cannibal bats and meets new friends to guide him on his way back to the main world. The Elder he meets twlls Shade he must find the Tree of Life in order to get out of the underworld.
I really enjoyed this book because it takes you on an adventure and the author really
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Sierra Rush
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Zain
Not as good as the first or second book. Not as exciting either and I'm disappointed the story is still not going because it seems like there's so much left to tell.
Allie
My favourite of the trilogy! It's parallels with humanity, both emotional and historic, resonate with me. I recommend it and advise trekking through slow or defeating patches of narrative for the ending is worth it.
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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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