Reviews for Silver Door
Booklist Reviews 2013 May #2
In this installment of the Three Doors trilogy, youngest brother Rye continues traveling beyond the walls of Weld. Now he is searching for his oldest brother, Sholto, as well as relief for his homeland from attacks by giant skimmers. This time around, Rye has the company of his middle brother, Dirk, as well as Sonia, another adventurer from Weld. The three are beset by a variety of threats, but most disheartening is evidence that Sholto has gone mad before vanishing. Readers new to the series should begin with the first volume to understand the intricate world building, but the action-loving young fantasy readers who enjoyed The Golden Door (2012) will eagerly tear through this new nonstop flood of Rye's observations and escapes from monstrous dangers. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Rye (The Golden Door) finds himself in the Scour, a wasteland under the thumb of a powerful sorcerer/scientist. Rye faces challenges in learning how to use his powers and overcome deference to his older brothers. With unique threats to survival, family and community bonds as reasons to fight on, and imaginative solutions, the book is enjoyable fantasy fare.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #4
In The Golden Door, Rye's two brothers, Dirk and Sholto, went on separate quests to stop the vicious nocturnal flying skimmers that were preying on the walled city of Weld. Having rescued Dirk, Rye now sets out through the silver Door to search for Sholto. Along with Dirk and scrappy orphan Sonia, Rye finds himself in the Scour, a wasteland under the thumb of a powerful sorcerer/scientist known as the Master. Captured and taken to the Master's fortress, the travelers find not only the source of the skimmers -- a lab where the monsters are being bred to fly by day as well as by night -- but also Sholto, working undercover to eradicate the entire breed. Even if our heroes can avoid being fed to the skimmers, Sholto's desperate plan to destroy the compound might mean all of their deaths. Levelheaded Rye, despite having a powerful advantage because of his charm-based abilities, still faces many challenges in learning how to use those powers and overcoming a natural deference to his older brothers. With unique and provocative threats to survival, family and community bonds as reasons to fight on, sensory-rich descriptions, and imaginative solutions, the book is thoroughly enjoyable fantasy fare. anita l. burkam