Friday, 11 October 2013

The Sight by David Clement-Davies: The Review

The Sight
by
David Clement-Davies
 Title: The Sight
Publisher: Firebird
Buy This Book: Amazon


The Sight is an epic adventure, from the view point of a pack of wolves. In the beginning we see the wolf pack, run by Huttser, making their way towards a cave so that his mate Palla can have her pups. It is here that Larka and Fell are born, Fell is born black as the night, whilst Larka is as white as the snow that surrounds them. When Palla's sister Morgra shows up, asking to be let back into the pack the wolves send her away. She lost her place in her pack years ago after she killed a pup and they fear she has the power of the Sight. The Sight allows for her to look through the eyes of animals and see the past, present and future within the surface of water. There is a legend of the Sight and the bringing together of wolf and man. Larka seems to possess the Sight and her family will do whatever it takes to protect her from Morgra, even if it means leaving behind everything they have ever known.


When I started this blog, I knew that I wanted to share some of the books I love and adore more than all others. So I have to share The Sight, as it's a childhood favourite!

 I first read this book when I was a lot younger than I am now. A mega-bookstore opened up at our local shopping centre and we had gone to get my eldest sister's books for college, I believe. At the time I would have been ten or eleven, so as they went to look at course books, I practically ran for the children's section, which was probably the biggest children's section I had ever seen. I could not have been happier at that point and immediately started looking through the books. 

The spine of the Sight caught my eye, it shows a wolf howling and it really does look incredible. I read the brief description on the back, and then immediately decided I needed to read it. I started it right then, sitting in a chair in the children's section, where I was drawn so deeply into their world that I didn't notice anything going on around me. My parents found me like that and I was already a few chapters in and there was no way I was putting this book down for anything. So thankfully my parents happily agreed to buy it for me and I read it the entire car journey home.

I have reread this book almost every year since, I am now twenty-two so that's a pretty long time to keep coming back to a book. But this is worth it. 

I know this may seem like more of a children's book, but I do see it now and again in book shops and it is always in  the teenage section. I know that this type of book is not going to appeal to everyone but I couldn't give it any higher praise if I tried. This book had me from the moment I picked it up and still hasn't let me go. It still has pride of place on my bookshelf, now along with it's sequel Fell (when this was released I almost died of happiness).

This book has a lot of heavy themes, so be warned that this isn't a light-hearted children's animal book. This is dark, and will have you gasping and crying. David Clement-Davies is truly a gifted author and I loved his other animal adventure Fire Bringer.

This really is an epic adventure, and at almost 500 pages it really is a long read. There is a lot of lore in it and is probably not the most accurate portrayal of wolves but it is a work of fiction. I fell in love with all these characters in the wolf pack and I must admit, I cried so many times reading this book. I cry at this book even now, when I know exactly what's going to happen. I just can't help it.

If you don't think this book is for you, I would still urge anyone to try it. If you want or need a bit more convincing, check out the reviews on Goodreads - it has so many great reviews on there. I will warn you to read it with a box of tissues handy, it really is a tearjerker. No author has made me care so much for the animals in a novel as well as Clement-Davies manages. I will love and adore this book for as long as I live.

5/5 Stars
I love it!

I would also recommend his other novel Fire Bringer and the sequel to The Sight, Fell.

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4 comments:

  1. Sounds interesting! I like the idea of it being told from the POV of a wolf pack, thats kinda cool. Thanks for sharing it. New follower.

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  2. If you can reread a book that many times, then yeah, it's awesome.

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    1. I only have a couple of books that I can reread so many times and not get sick of them! =D Thanks for checking out my review!

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