Kale and Strife are two young water voles with a nose for trouble and an eye for adventure. But when their uncle Sylvan comes to stay, bringing news of a danger that could threaten their whole existence, the voles are sucked into a quest that will test their courage to the limit....
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I received a free copy of this book by the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!This was an enchanting read which was reminiscent of Watership Down, except with voles rather than rabbits. Personally, I think I may have preferred this more than Watership Down too. Really gorgeous storytelling and I'd love to read more by Tom Moorhouse! Thoroughly enjoyed, 5/5 stars.
I loved The River Singers, with its tale of animals forced out of their homes and out into the great unknown, in the grand tradition of such animal tales. This book is different. This time there’s no immediate threat driving the singers away from home. Instead we have two young voles about to embark on an adventure – of sorts.Strife never stops talking. She prides herself on her ability to irritate anyone into submission, and isn’t too fond of sticking to the rules either. For most of her short life her quiet brother Kale has tried to keep her out of danger, always at her side, silently reminding her to behave. But when they overhear their uncle Sylvan talking about the Great River for once it’s Strife chasing after Kale as everything in their life changes.This will probably make me unpopular, but I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first. Mostly because I didn’t like Strife or Kale. Strife really is every bit as irritating as everyone says and at times I wondered why Sylvan was bothering to try and take her home. Then there was Kale. We don’t get to know him very well, but mostly he was quiet, stubborn and selfish in his headlong rush into the wild. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed with him.Luckily Sylvan is back! And with him comes Fodur, the best rat in the Wetted Lands. I loved the pair of them as they travelled in search of the pups. Their friendship added both warmth and humour to this tale, which I felt was completely lacking with the other two.The world is a big place for water voles, of course, so this book is packed with danger from all sides. However, again, I think this was handled better in the first book. As was the plot. This time around it’s hard to know just what is driving them on, since Kale doesn’t talk, which led to an unfocused feel. And despite various events, this just didn’t feel as perilous as the first book, because home was always waiting for them – if they could reach it.It’s still a good book, filled with wonderful detail about these incredible little animals and the risks they face in their everyday lives. It has adventure and family and friendship, and fans of the original will find plenty to enjoy here. If, however, you’re new to these Singers, go and read The River Singers.(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
I received a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review on my blog Nayu's Reading Corner http://nayusreadingcorner.blogspot.co... Having read book 1 in this water vole series I couldn't not read book 2. I have to say that it's a series which is a bit darker than I expected – I knew there would be some danger, but when the characters where in moderate to major peril I was really scared for them and had no clue whether they would survive or not. There were plenty of tense moments leading up to an eventful reunion which made me smile and shed a tear. I think stories like these are a brilliant way to explain nature to readers, to get them interest in animal conservation, and think about scientific areas like habitats, food chains, etc. It's certainly more fun than a science book, and hopefully will lead some readers to go and research water voles and related topics for themselves. The sense of kinship the siblings have even when they do have to be apart a little rang out loud and clear. I didn't give it full marks just because it was a bit darker than I'd have liked.
Original, exciting and endearing children's story. This Dutch edition is not a great translation though. Clearly a rush job.