This book is the epic sequel to the first book, Sunwing, which is an outstanding story of how a colony of Silverwing bats loose their home to a colony of owls, and they make their way south to their hibernation grounds. In the first book, Shade a newborn is undersize and weak, and during their flight south, he gets caught in a storm, and on his journey he makes a new friend, Marina. Together they set off to try and find the rest of the colony. On the way they encounter many obstacles, and together they manage to overcome those trials.
When they finally find the rest of the colony, they all rejoice and set off to Hibernaculm, the Silverwing hibernation grounds in search of Shades father, Cassiel who was captured by bigger and more evil bats before Shade was born…. In the second book, Sunwing, Shade is determined to find his father, and together with other elders of the colony, they all set out in search of Cassiel. The move further south and on their journey, Shade discovers a large building which houses a huge, man-made forest. Without thinking Shade quickly enters the building, not realising that it is a one-way entrance.
The building is home to thousands of different bats, and it is as warm as a summer night. There is plenty of food and the colony end up living there for some time, and loving their new home, before Shade starts to become suspicious after bats start to disappear. During one of the nights the bats are put to sleep by a sleeping gas, and the bats are removed by the humans and taken to a secret lab, where small detonators are placed on the bats. He is determined to find the others that have disappeared and to find out what has happened to them before it happens to any of his colony members.
He jumps down a river together with Marina after using his hearing to find a way out. The two make their way to the lab, and whilst trying to save Chinook, one of Shades best friends, they get caught and are taken aboard an aeroplane to the south. When they arrive they are dropped from the plane and explode when they land on the ground. Shade manages to rescue himself and Chinook, whilst Marina managed to save herself. They fly of to the nearest hiding place, and Shade meets another bat who believes his father may be alive. In the mean time, Goth a cannibal bat has spoken to Cama Zotz, one of the ‘gods’ of the evil bat community.
Shade and Marina find him after they notify the others, who managed to escape from the human lab, that Chinook was captured and taken into a pyramid ‘temple’. They then manage to find out that Goth will sacrifice 100 bats to Zotz, and will create eternal night. Shade finds his father is about to be sacrificed, and with the help of the bats of the city, they manage to kill Goth and his other evil counterparts by dropping one of the explosives on the building once the others had gotten out. They managed to save owls as well as the bats, and for this the owls grant them their wish, which was to return to the sky’s during the day.
Shade and his family are re-united and they build another home in the city. About the Author Born in 1967 in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, Canada, he spent the bulk of his childhood in Victoria, Canada and on the opposite coast, in Halifax. When he reached the age of twelve he decided that he wanted to become a writer, after his longing to become a scientist and an architect died off. He started out writing sci-fi epics, then went on to swords and sorcery tales and then, during the summer holiday when he was fourteen, he started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games.
It turned out to be quite a long story, really a short novel, and he rewrote it the next summer. A family friend had offered to show Roald Dahl his story. He had never heard back from Roald Dahl directly, but upon readin hid story, liked it enough to pass on to his own literary agent. He got a letter from them, saying they wanted to take him on, and try to sell his story. And they did. Colin’s Fantastic Video Adventure (his book about a boy addicted to video games) was published in 1985, in Britain and the U. S, and later in France.
This is what gave him the confidence to think he could make writing a career. He did my BA at the University of Toronto (a double major in cinema studies and English) and wrote his second children’s novel The Live-Forever Machine in his final year, for a creative writing course. A year after graduation he married and spent the next three years in Oxford, where his wife was doing doctoral studies in Shakespeare. Having written 18 books for children and young adults, Kenneth Oppel is one of the most famous Fantasy story writers of our time.