Book Review: The Double Edged Sword / Author: Sarah Silverwood / Publisher: Gollancz / Release Date: Out Now
Like many people who grow up to become more than a bit geeky, I spent my childhood wishing I could visit other worlds. It’s a dream that is common amongst many who are into fantasy tales, and it’s no surprise that some of the most endearing and successful stories in the market today are about young people somehow finding a route to different lands. Sarah Silverwood’s new novel follows in this fine tradition, though with a healthy dose of mystery and strangeness added to the mix.
The Double Edged Sword follows the tale of Finmere Tingewick Smith, a young orphan boy who, thanks to his seemingly dotty guardians, spends his time between two schools, one a high-class school for boys, the other a grubby comprehensive. On the day of his sixteenth birthday, things take a distinct turn for the worst and our orphan has to take a trip into the mysterious land of Nowhere, aided by his two best friends (one from each school).
Nowhere is best described as the many reflections of London dreaming, and this book is very much about growing up in England’s capital; so much so that you can practically smell the smog pouring off the page. Silverwood writes a tightly written adventure here, seeding the narrative with hints and clues as to the future of the series as well as taking the time to develop even the most minor of characters. Much is made of the crossover appeal of novels aimed at young readers being read by adults, but let’s be honest; a good book is a good book, regardless of your age. If you’ve ever dreamed of going to other lands (and have a fondness for the capital city) then you should pick up The Double Edged Sword.