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Duncton Rising

(The Book of Silence #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  510 ratings  ·  6 reviews
This is the second book in The Book of Silence, the second of the Duncton Trilogies…

As Privet, scholar and scribemole and her adopted son Whillan escape from Duncton Wood in search of the Book of Silence, the Newborn Inquisitors seek to take the system over. Only old Stour, Master Librarian, and the timid aide Pumpkin, can defend Duncton and the precious Books of Moledom
Paperback, 636 pages
Published 1993 by Fontana (first published 1992)
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Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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The Book of Silence triology will always be my favorite Duncton series simply due to the fact that I read it first. This installment reviews the rest of Privet and Rooster's back story, Wilhelm's parentage is revealed (to everyone but him), friends are lost and found, and a friend from the first Duncton series makes a cameo.

My editions of these books make constant comparsion to The Lord of the Rings, usually saying that the Duncton books are better. I'm not entirely sure why; the two books have
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just love the Duncton series. It had both spiritual meaning and a very good intrigue. You care about the characters, you follow them with your heart and soul.
Sep 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
so far these worm eaters are caring, thoughtful, violent, driven, irrational and energetic. faith woven throughout.
Jul 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
These Duncton books reach a new low. Since Horwood clearly didn't take the trouble to write anything worth reading, I shall not take the trouble to complete a full review. I will merely point out the following: these books are not, under any circumstances, for children. I worry that the tagline comparing them with Watership Down will cause younger readers to pick them up.

Here are the reasons they shouldn't:

Overt torture scenes.

Explicit mole sex scenes.

At least two instances of rape, one involvin
Jess Dunton
If such a thing existed, I would nominate the entire series for the Bad Animal Sex Award. Entirely gratuitous horrible mole sex (what? That's a thing now?). It is entirely possible to make sex involving animals believable (I can think of two examples without trying), but this isn't it. These books are terrible: the writing is poor and the plot doesn't make sense or leave any room for any given event to have emotional consequences. However, the sex is the nadir. Do not read this book. It will rot ...more
Stephanie Holt
Mar 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have had enough. I skimmed the last 100 pages or so because I couldn't stand any more of the unnecessary words. This story could have been told in half the pages. I found it impossible to connect with any of the characters, and I honestly don't care what happens in the last book. I am done with this series. So there!
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William Horwood is an English novelist. His first novel, Duncton Wood, an allegorical tale about a community of moles, was published in 1980. It was followed by two sequels, forming The Duncton Chronicles, and also a second trilogy, The Book of Silence. William Horwood has also written two stand-alone novels intertwining the lives of humans and of eagles, The Stonor Eagles and Callanish , and T ...more

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