Shade, a young Silverwing bat, has always been the runt of the litter. When he sets off on the long and dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south, it is his chance to prove himself. He strays and is swept away from his family and friends. He knows he must rejoin his colony so starts an epic journey - from pigeon stronghold to the rat kingdom underground. Marina, a friendly Brightwing join him on his journey, but where will their journey end?
Kenneth Oppel wrote his first novel at the age of 15, and enterprisingly sent it to his favourite writer, Roald Dahl. Publication soon followed, and since then he has written more than a dozen books, including an adult novel, THE DEVIL'S CURE, and the bestselling SILVERWING saga, for which he has won many prizes in his native Canada. He now lives and works in Toronto with his wife and two children.