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Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Knights of the Borrowed Dark Book 1) (edição: 2016)

de Dave Rudden (Autor)

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The first book in a new series about an orphan boy who discovers he is part of a secret army that protects the world from a race of shadowy monsters. Grey placed his finger in the middle of the shadow. 'What's this?' he asked. Denizen frowned. 'It's a shadow.' 'No, it isn't,' Grey said. 'It's a door.' Denizen Hardwick doesn't believe in magic - until he's ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight. That kind of thing can really change your perspective. Now Denizen is about to discover that there's a world beyond the one he knows. A world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits. Fortunately for humanity, between us and the shadows stand the Knights of the Borrowed Dark. Unfortunately for Denizen, he's one of them . . .… (mais)
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Título:Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Knights of the Borrowed Dark Book 1)
Autores:Dave Rudden (Autor)
Informação:Puffin (2016), 368 pages
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With so many books to read, it's not very often I consider rereading a new book, but as soon as I find time in my current tbr pile, I will be rereading KOTBD. Full of rich engaging characters and villains that are really evil, this book made me laugh, yet also scared the pants off me. Both in equal measure. A welcome new voice in the young fantasy genre. ( )
  MaryBrigidTurner | Apr 22, 2020 |
This was a great book. A lot of original ideas, truly frightening characters and twists that I didn't see coming. The description is FABULOUS! The pacing is perfect. The only reason it took me so long to read it is because I put it down to savor the pages. I'm not going to rehash the story because frankly, it's better to experience it firsthand. If you like young adult urban fantasy, then do not miss this book! ( )
  JordanSummers | Mar 31, 2020 |
This is the first book in the Knights of the Borrowed Dark trilogy. My 11 year old son originally picked up this book and then gave it to me to read because he thought it was too creepy. I read the first 150 pages and just could not get into the story or characters. There are some very cool ideas in here, but the writing didn't flow that well and I kept finding other things to do rather than read this book.

The story felt very similar to other middle grade reads out there. Basically, Denizen is an orphan who is pulled out of the orphanage by a mysterious unknown Aunt. Denizen finds out he has special powers and that his Aunt is part of a mysterious organization that hunts scary monsters that can grow from shadows. That right there is the first 150 pages of this book. This is a storyline similar to so many other middle grade fantasies I can’t even begin to list them all.

Where this book differs from other MG fantasies is that it is set in the modern day world (more of an urban fantasy type read) and the shadow monsters are truly creepy and terrifying. This is one of the more creepy MG books I have read and I completely understand why it terrified my son.

The writing style itself was okay. I did have some trouble staying engaged with these characters and the story. The story starts out pretty slow and I thought the prologue was a bit confusing. It definitely isn’t a book that draws you in right away.

Overall this was an okay book but just wasn’t for me. I struggled to get drawn in to the story and couldn’t relate to the characters. I kept finding other things to do besides read this book. In the end I decided to set it aside. Neither me nor my son finished this book, but it wasn’t an awful book...just slow to start and hard to engage with. ( )
  krau0098 | Aug 4, 2018 |
Once I started to read Knights of the Borrowed Dark, I couldn’t put it down. It dragged me right in.

I found myself not caring that I have work tomorrow... I had to finish reading this book. I was not going to move until I had finished it.

Knights of the Borrowed Dark is well worth the read. I’m going to be tracking down the second book as soon as work finishes tomorrow. ( )
  DaffiMere | Oct 25, 2017 |
Before I start my review I feel I should be honest. I’m from an Irish family who still carries on the traditions of our culture and beliefs including most of its mythology. I’m admittedly biased and harder on Irish authors or books that purport to base their stories in Ireland and/or its culture. My genetics are soaked in DNA from a land that gives new meaning to the word ‘storyteller’ as we have a rich history of Bards and the people carrying on our legends through oral and written traditions.

When the chance to review Dave Rudden’s books came up I had to jump at the chance. He’s been very active in the Arts scene in Ireland for quite some time, he’s created a huge online presence teaching about the background in Irish culture for his books and this series is based in Ireland.
After reading his two books, I was very pleased to discover that his award winning reputation was well deserved as his work has shown a true talent not only for writing but for showcasing why the Irish are so well known for their excellent fantasies and storytelling.

I don’t normally review 2 books at once but I made an exception for Rudden’s work because along with his books he’s created an amazingly thorough and imaginative continuation of his story online at his website daverudden.com where you can read more behind his mythology and deleted chapters. The amount of effort, research and detail he has put into creating this amazing world with a vibrant history is astounding and akin to what J.K. Rowling has done for wizards. Unlike that type of literature, Rudden has chosen a more unique villain making his plot line unpredictable and attention grabbing.

Rudden has a wonderful writing style that creates images your mind’s eye will see exploding across your vision as his realistic dialogue and setting will fill in the details. I loved how he doesn’t overly describe his characters so every reader has a chance to be a part of the story by using their own imaginations to decide how the characters look, sound and act; influencing how you invest in the story.

The first book, Knights of the Borrowed Dark, defines the genre for children’s fantasy literature but it’s so good adults will find themselves pulled into Rudden’s version of Dublin. He’s created complex characters, both the good and the evil that will bring your childhood nightmares out into the light. Denizen is the kind of kid I felt myself wanting to hug and protect one minute then wanting to be proud of his strength and courage the next.

The second book, The Forever Court, continues to show Rudden’s adept ability to showcase that strong talent for storytelling so prevalent in the Irish culture. You’re treated to a further tour of Dublin through the eyes of a local, as Denizen learns to shoulder his newfound responsibilities in protecting our powerful city. Court has these great action scene which engage the senses and makes you want to ignore the world around you so you can dive full in. Unlike his first book, Court ends much more on an exciting cliffhanger that will leave you stalking Rudden until you know when the third book is released

I adore Rudden’s work as his dialogue and sentence structure sound like lyrical prose whose adventure, suspense and skin crawling fears will quickly become addictive.

Here’s hoping I can hold out until the conclusion is released! ( )
  ttsheehan | Apr 4, 2017 |
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The first book in a new series about an orphan boy who discovers he is part of a secret army that protects the world from a race of shadowy monsters. Grey placed his finger in the middle of the shadow. 'What's this?' he asked. Denizen frowned. 'It's a shadow.' 'No, it isn't,' Grey said. 'It's a door.' Denizen Hardwick doesn't believe in magic - until he's ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight. That kind of thing can really change your perspective. Now Denizen is about to discover that there's a world beyond the one he knows. A world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits. Fortunately for humanity, between us and the shadows stand the Knights of the Borrowed Dark. Unfortunately for Denizen, he's one of them . . .

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