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The Double Edged Sword (Nowhere Chronicles #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  146 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Book by Silverwood, Sarah
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published May 28th 2011 by Gollancz (first published September 16th 2010)
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Marc Aplin
May 11, 2012 Marc Aplin rated it it was amazing
Sarah Silverwood is actually a pseudonym; the author of The Double-Edged Sword’s real name is Sarah Pinborough. For anyone who hasn’t come across Sarah Pinborough before, let me begin by telling you that she is one of the most dynamic, hard-working and versatile authors you’re ever likely to come across. Between 2009 and 2012 Sarah has published no less than nine novels and three short stories, whilst also squeezing time in to write two films and a screenplay for a television show. That’s not al ...more
Rain (Ivyclad Ideas)
The beginning was okay, the middle was dull, but the last one hundred pages made slogging through the first two hundred well worth it.

Honestly, I think my relationship with this book was a case of it's not you, it's me. I don't read large amounts of high fantasy and, whilst this probably counts as urban fantasy, it has elements of high fantasy in it. I would compare the world building to that of a high fantasy - it's pretty in-depth and there's a fair amount of exposition.

I like character-driven
Sep 24, 2011 Kayla rated it liked it
Book One of The Nowhere Chronicles: The Double-Edged sword
Sarah Silverwood.

I spent a nail biting two days reading this enthralling book. I was hardly able to put it down. It is a magical story supporting the many-universe theory that shows up in most fantasy books, with believable characters and the use of day to day situations this book makes you see eye to eye with the story line. The story starts in London, Somewhere, in twenty-ten and follows the first few days of Finmere Tingewick Smith’s
Jul 14, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
You know when you pick a book randomly from your shelves and start reading with little to no expectations, and then it just blows you away? You end up reading to the early hours of the morning and then telling everyone how much you absolutely loved it? Yes. That. That is what happened with The Double-Edged Sword by Sarah Silverwood. I already knew that I liked Silverwood's style of writing (thanks to her adult novels under the name Sarah Pinborough), but I wasn't sure that it would translate to ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Phil rated it it was amazing
Under the guise of Sarah Silverwood, Sarah Pinborough turns her hand away from horror and urban fantasy, to a mash-up of cross-reality fantasy with plenty of swords. In places it's all very Harry Potter, with a hidden London (or should that be London's) that can be reached by secret doorways, or just by having a handy Knight on hand to whip his sword out and cut a way through. The two London's are alike in many ways and totally different in many more. The magic is there, but not running the plot ...more
Nov 19, 2010 ALPHAreader rated it really liked it
‘The Double-Edged Sword’ is the first book in Sarah Silverwood’s Young Adult series, ‘The Nowhere Chronicles’.

Our hero is Finmere Tingewick Smith. Or ‘Fin’ as he is to be known. Fin has an interesting story to go with his interesting name. Abandoned on the steps of London’s Old Bailey, he was a baby wrapped in a blanket and with nothing but a man’s ring for identification. Fin was taken in and raised by Judge Brown, and mysteriously schooled at two very different institutions. . . one school in
Aug 27, 2012 Ben rated it it was amazing
I was delighted and excited by every page of The Double Edged Sword. I've rarely found a book that captures being a 16 year old boy very well. The confusion, the ambition, the hormones -- it's like siphoning whiskey and Red Bull on alternating hours. But Sarah Silverwood has captured the essence of teen boys' Innocence-Imbalance better than anyone I've ever read and plopped them into one hell of a yarn.

No need to go into plot summaries here. It's been done. But I can say that the story is very w
LH Johnson
Jul 17, 2011 LH Johnson rated it really liked it
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Rachel Bunn
Mar 10, 2013 Rachel Bunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reason I read this book was because I had read a review on it. I thought it sounded like the kind of book I would like to read. I had read that it was a fantasy book with alternate universes.

I think that this book fills the "A fantasy book" category on the bingo board. I love fantasy books. I found this book very interesting to read because although the concept of multiple worlds is fiction, it still has very believable characters.

My favourite quote from this book is the first line. It reads
May 26, 2015 Carole-Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-goodies, fantasy
Clever!! Modern London and a slightly magical alternative London existing nearly together.
Lovely hero in Fin; Joe and Christopher are interesting enough to want to know why they're involved. And a super heroine character in Mona.
Sep 24, 2016 Mel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I struggled. I really wanted to enjoy this, but I just couldn't get into it enough.
Rachel Shedden
Feb 13, 2012 Rachel Shedden rated it really liked it
The Double-Edged Sword is the first book of The Nowhere Chronicles by talented author Sarah Silverwood and I recommend it to enthusiastic readers ages 12+ who love adventure and mystery. All of the characters have their individual personalities but my favourite character is Fin. I admire Fin because of his bravery, determination and thoughtfulness throughout the book.

The only negative point I have about this book is that it does take a few chapters to get into it but overall I give this book 4/
Dec 16, 2011 Flabnbone rated it really liked it
This was a very good read.

From the first chapter I was very much catapulted into Fin's world of "Nowhere" and also "Somewhere".
Funny scenes blended with the right amounts of adventure and mystery adds flavor to the book.

Cannot wait for the sequel to find out what happens to Finn's two friends, Christopher's father and also if the Storyholder is Fin's mother or not
Neil Ford
Apr 07, 2011 Neil Ford rated it it was amazing
Finally finished the awesome The Double Edged Sword by the wonderful Sarah Silverwood. Vivid storytelling at it's very best. Can't recommend this book enough, for young and old alike.

Please Miss Silverwood, can I have an advance copy of book 2?
Candice Watt
Oct 22, 2012 Candice Watt rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I thought this book was pretty interesting.
The storyline and plot were original, the world building was captivating, and the main characters were very realistic.
I wasn't super excited by the book, but I enjoyed it overall
Jan 20, 2013 Catherine rated it liked it
A different alternative world themed story, which I enjoyed and look forward to reading book 2. Hope it doesn't get too darker though.
Jan 05, 2011 Abby rated it really liked it
Shelves: work
Really engaging and highly visual page turner.
Karen Desmond
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