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Darkwing (Silverwing 0.5)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  2,876 ratings  ·  147 reviews
As the sun sets on the time of the dinosaurs, a new world is left in its wake. . . .


He alone can fly and see in the dark, in a colony where being different means being shunned--or worse. As the leader's son, he is protected, but does his future lie among his kin?


He has the true instincts of a predator, and he is determined that his kind will not only survive,
Paperback, 422 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Eos (first published January 1st 2007)
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A-Aron Because this book is kind of about how bats evolved. The chiropters(scientific name chiroptera) are the ancestors of bats
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Ashley D--
After immersing myself in the Silverwing trilogy, it was neat to take a step back in time with Darkwing and catch a glimpse of the world that came before Shade and Marina. Although Nocturna's and Cama Zotz's names do not appear in the book, the story sets up the big conflicts the bats must deal with in the Silverwing trilogy.

It impresses me that Oppel can create unique voices for so many characters, even though the conflicts they must meet are quite similar to those of the characters in other bo
4 1/2 stars. I think I liked this one even better than the Silverwing trilogy--I had a really hard time putting it down once I started reading! Parts were sad or violent, but it was always engrossing and the prehistoric setting was really interesting. There were a few things that I didn't like or felt unsettled about, but I thought it was well-written and all the characters felt real. And the suspenseful scenes were quite tense!
Nathan Simon
Darkwing was an interesting book. I have never read a book from a bats prospective and i thought it was a good take on the story. I felt this book had a lot of adventure and some sad and happy parts.
In this book a bat named Dusk is different,he can fly. Since he was born he wanted to flap his wings instead of glide. He was born with stronger chest and shoulder muscles. He faced banishment from being different. But as the leaders son he was allowed to stay, but the other bats thought he was da
Angela Oliver
I'm a sucker for a good animal story, and this one is no exception. I particularly liked that it was set in the prehistoric era. A good, rollicking yarn.

I did feel the illustrations were somewhat inaccurate though - the chiropters looked way too batlike (I imagine they looked more like colugo) and the felids looked like felines, not martens, and were way more than twice the size of the chiropters (despite being desscribed as twice their size).

Makes me want to draw fan-art!
Darkwing has definitely stayed one of my favorite books ever since I read it years ago when I was around 10 or 11. The fantastical prehistoric world that Kenneth Opal weaves sucked me in and kept me captivated until the final page.
I'm sure you've already read the description of the book so I won't waste time repeating, and I'll avoid spoilers as well.
Something I really loved about this tale was how two separate stories were being told and slowly woven together. I love when a book adds new pers
When I was in elementary school a fair number of years ago, the Silverwing series was in the height of its popularity and really new. Let me tell you...I absolutely LOVED that series. I'm now 23 and still have the copies I bought back then and the two books that I got signed by Oppel when he came to my school's library are my pride and joy! Every chance I get I tell people to read the series, regardless of their age.

What does this have to do with reviewing Darkwing? Well, having such an attac

This book is one of my favorites, it is a series of books about a bat named Shade Silver wing. His bat colony shunned him as a baby because he was different, but since he was the leaders son he was still allowed to live in the colony. He grows up to actually be able to fly. The other bats cannot fly, they can only glide for long distances. shade gets into a lot of trouble because bats at this time were not allowed to be out in the open during the daytime. Because they did not help at all in the ...more
I loved this series. Maybe I will re-read it
Christina Maria
Ever since I started this year's batch of reading bowl books, I have been fuming over the low quality, especially compared to those I read a few years earlier for RB in 6th grade. I was told that if I went back and read them again, I might not look on them as fondly. Since I has often happened, I decided to reread this book when I saw it in the library.

I did not like the beginning as much, which seemed rather predictable, but found the book more interesting as I got along. There were things (vie
I read the original Silverwing series many years ago and loved how Oppel had anthropomorphized (humanized) a tribe of bats to tell a compelling tale of adventure and survival, so I was curious to see whether the appeal would still be there in Darkwing. It certainly is. Set in pre-historic times at the end of the reign of dinosaurs, Darkwing tells the tale of the dawn of bats, and their evolution from an earlier species called chiropters (who reminded me of flying squirrels). While based in ficti ...more
If Don Bluth was still in the movie-making business, I could see him doing a film adaptation of this book. It has all of the ingredients for a creepy/fun/awesome old-school animated film: adorable talking animal protagonists, seriously creepy not-so-adorable animal antagonists, family issues, identity issues, some surprisingly violent character deaths (view spoiler), and the all-consuming quest for a safe place to ca ...more
by Kenneth Oppel
Published by Eos
Fiction - Fantasy

Prehistoric times are brought to life through the stories of Dusk, a chiropter and Carnassial, a felid. These creatures live in the time after the dinosaurs and are struggling to find their place in their families and in the world. Both Carnassial and Dusk are different than the rest of their families; they have evolved into meat eating and flying creatures, respectively. While individual species are changing, so is the food chain and
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I really liked Airborn by Kenneth Oppel and had high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint. It got 3 starred reviews in the reviewing world, which is a good sign. Mr. Oppel is obviously intrigued by things that fly. In this case, it is a predecessor to our bats, called chiropters that lived in trees 65 million years ago. I have to admit that a story that has a bat as the main character caught my attention. Dusk, one of the chiropters, is an evolved creature who can fly and see in the dar ...more
Fergus Furygoose
Darkwing takes place thousands of years ago. The main caracters are a chiropter named dusk and a felid named carnassil. Chiropters are like bats but they can't fly so they have to fly they also can't see in the dark so they hunt during the day. Felids are a cat like animale that eat bugs and roots but in both thease species there are members that are diferent, the first caracter to enter the story is dusk. Dusk looks diferent than all the other chiropters, he has no hair on his wings and he's mi ...more
I picked this book, because I read the Silverwing Saga, Airborne, and Skybreaker from the same author. It's about the pre-historic ancestors of the bats, called chiroptors and the life of a chiroptor who is called Dusk and he is unusual comapared with the others. Chiroptors glide, but he flaps and flies, chiroptors are not nocturnal, but Dusk can see in the night, and most of all... he is curious of the outside world. Then on the mainland a species called the felids are finished with the Pact. ...more
Oct 30, 2008 Brittany rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children aged 8-14
Recommended to Brittany by: Harper Collins
How I Came To Read This Book: The nice people at Harper Collins sent it to me as part of their First Look program.

The Story: Dusk and his family of chiropters are rocking it out in the last days of the dinosaurs - but Dusk isn't quite like his furry-winged, flightless (but glideable) family members. He has the ability to actually flap his wings and fly, as well as the ability to 'read' echoes much like say...a bat? Dusk is continually ostracized by his clan, even in the trying times ahead when t
Set millions of years before the rest of the series... Now that's a prequel!
Still, you can read it as a stand-alone book, and I liked this installment of the series the most and would recommend them before the others.

A quick, enjoyable pageturner that finally avoids all the bad points I didn't like in the Silverwing series. While still totally fantasy and aimed at young readers, it left me a lot more satisfied than the other three books. Which are still super cute and recommendable.

It is also t
The book,"Darkwing" by Kenneth Oppel talks about the early life of bats 65 million years ago. The story talks about a chiropter named "Dusk" who was different from his colony. He had stronger chest and shoulder from the rest but had weak legs.Most chiropters were gliding but Dusk flew.The world is changing when the last of the saurian eggs were destroy. A field named "Carnassial" becomes a meat-eater, he begins hunting other beasts. When he and fellow fields find Dusk and his colony,the massacr ...more
Adrian Ma
Dusk, a young chiropter(a pre-evolved species of bats, only capable of gliding) always found himself different, from the day he had learned to glide he always had a desire to fly. Dusk learns to fly eventually and finds out as well that he could see perfectly well in the dark unlike the rest of the chiropters; he keeps his strange talents to himself as he is afraid of being shunned by the rest of his colony. But Dusk is not the only one with a unique desire; Carnassial, the felid(a species of wi ...more
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This book was, simply put, good. Although many things were noteworthy, I felt becuase the hetic pace the author used, the story itslef did not have time to grow. The ideas and plot were fantastic as well as the descriptions provided. What i enjoyed about this book was the fantisy and realism behind it. Although in the end it was a fable; it also described the evolution of bats, and the hardships a different type of species had to endure. It reflects our corrupt society. Where the people that are ...more
I haven't read all that many oh-my-gosh-look-the-animals-are-talking books. I never felt very interested in that one about the rabbits and the boat or whatever it is. But I read Darkwing, maybe just because I like bats and bats are cool, and I'm really glad I did.
Kenneth Oppel's got a knack for creepiness. And you wouldn't necessarily think a book for kids about fuzzy little bats (or do I mean chiropters, I guess?) would be terrifying-- well, you're WRONG! Darkwing is creepy in a weird, vague w
Kevin Reilly
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I dislike being tricked into reading a book, which is effectively what occurred with Darkwing. It is often tagged as being part of Kenneth Oppel's Silverwing trilogy, but aside from dealing with bats, or in this case, their evolutionary beginnings, this book has no relation to those books. That said, this book feels stylistically in line with the trilogy. Perhaps that is simply Kenneth Oppel's writing style, I'll get a better sense when I get around to reading his steampunk trilogy. But our prot ...more
Nachtflügel erzählt die Vorgeschichte der Fledermaus-Trilogie von Kenneth Oppell. Der Roman spielt zu der Zeit, als die letzten Saurier aussterben und neue Spezies entstehen, um die Erde zu bevölkern. Erzählt wird diese Entwicklung aus dem Blickwinkel von Dämmer, einer der ersten Fledermäuse, die aus der Rasse der Chiropter hervorgegangen ist. Dämmer ist anders als alle Artgenossen seiner Kolonie und wird von dem meisten deshalb misstrauisch beobachtet oder gar als Missgeburt bezeichnet.

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Title: Darkwing
Author: Kenneth Oppel
ISBN: 978-0-06-085054-8

Earth, several million years ago, the reign of the dinosaurs are ending, the rise of mammals has begun. Our main character, Dusk, is among an early bat-like species called Chiropters. These Chiropters cannot fly, by can glide with their wings. Dusk is different, so different he is driven out of the colony that his father is the leader of.

In "Darkwing," Dusk is a Chiropter that has an unique ability that no other of his kind has, the abi
I read this to my 10yo, and she was okay with it, especially once we got about five chapters in and she began to care for the characters more. It's a YA story of prehistoric bat-like creatures and their struggles to survive. Main character isn't like the others, has more "modern" (to the reader) bat features like echolocation and the ability to truly fly rather than just glide like the others. At first he's an outcast, but as the colony is plagued by some cat-like creatures, his abilities allow ...more
Oct 26, 2008 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jackie by: Nikitha G.
During the Paleocene Epoch, about 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs were a dying breed. As a result, many species flourished as their predators were becoming extinct. Darkwing is the story of a chiropter named Dusk. Twenty years ago, a colony of chiropters came to an island to be free of enemies and to break away from a pact between all animals to destroy the nests of saurians (dinosaurs). This pact was meant to protect all species so as not to be prey for the vicious and powerful saurian. But ...more
Another bat book from the author of Silverwing. This time the setting is the far prehistoric past as the last of the dinosaurs die out, helped along by a pact between the mammals to destroy any saurian eggs they find.

Proto-bat Dusk's strong, furless wings give him the power of true flight, while his chiropter family can only glide from tree to tree. Proto-cat Carnassial has powerful shearing teeth, allowing him to hunt live prey rather than living on carrion and insects. It is inevitable that t
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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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