Sight, The by David Clement-Davies

Clement-Davies, D. (2007). The Sight. New York, NY: Firebird Fantasy.

ISBN-13: 978-0142408742

Genre: Fantasy, Wolves, Magic

Reading level/ interest age: 12+

Plot summary:

Two wolf pups are born in the harsh winter landscape of Transylvania. A black male pup, Fell, and a white female, Larka, struggle to survive through the cold. Before they can even open their eyes, their fate is already being discussed by the other pack members. Morgra, a former member of the pack, returns to claim a pup as her own and threatens the leaders. She is driven away by the others but promises to get her revenge on the pack. 

Learning that Larka possesses magical abilities, a neighboring pack catches wind of the news and pays the group an unpleasant visit. Larka’s gift is coveted by many and seen by few. With the only other wolf, Morgra, having wielded magic during their time, Larka may be forced to turn to her as a mentor. When the pack experiences a death protecting Larka, she decides it may be time to leave her pack to protect their safety and embark on a journey to find out more about her gift. With so many others striving to use Larka for their own devious plans, can she find a way to save her family and prevent a future war between the wolves and man?

Reader’s annotation:

Larka has been gifted with the sight, or the ability to see the future. Her power is coveted by others- enough to start a war over! Can Larka keep the peace or is fighting inevitable?

Information about the author:

“From a very early age I thought I might become a writer. But after university in Scotland, where I studied History and English Literature, I went to drama school and for some time couldn't really decide if I would write or act. I then got a job as House Manager in The Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park in London. Then I became a travel writer.

“Though I live in smelly old London I spent many childhood holidays in Wales and, as a travel writer, wildlife and the outdoors were naturally what I gravitated to, though it is hard to make a living as a journalist if you only do what you enjoy. But a few years before, I had written the first few pages of a story which later turned into my first novel, Fire Bringer. I had spent far too long worrying about the purpose of writing, whether it was wrong to try and make money from a novel, whether I was any good at it and so on. So one day I simply sat down and got on with it. I believe that is the step that transforms the scribbler into a writer, commitment and self-belief. You'll soon find out if you can or really want to write” (Clement-Davies, 2014).

Curriculum ties: N/A

Booktalking ideas:

1.       Why do you think Larka is the only one to see Morgra as different from the rest of her pack?
2.       What drew you into the story? Did you like that the main character was a wolf?

Critical evaluation:

I found The Sight to be an extremely interesting tale because the villain of the story turns out to not be bad. The reason Morgra is cast as the villain is because of a terrible mistake she made and the rules governing the pack. This causes the reader to step back and think about the laws of society and how people are portrayed and wrongfully treated.

This book is also very interesting because the main character is killed at the end. If the reader continues on to the second book, Fell, they will be shocked to learn that the villain in that story wears her fur as a coat. Quite gruesome for a young reader’s tale!  However, The Sight is backed by both VOYA and the School Library Journal as appropriate for children sixth grade and up (, 2014).

The Sight is a great transition book from juvenile to young adult reads because of its length and complexity of characters. The book gets the reader to think about traditional roles and family dynamics. Larka is a strong female character and far outshines her brother. Gender roles are challenged as Larka is the family favorite rather than their only son, Fell. An interesting read with a sequel to satiate voracious readers, The Sight is not one to miss!

Challenge issues:

·         Violence

Defensive Maneuvers:

·         Have the library’s collection development policy memorized and on hand in case a situation arises.
·         Keep positive reviews on hand to refer to or hand out when needed.
·         If the book has won any awards, mention them to the patron and briefly explain the award.
·         Listen to the patron and practice good customer service skills when communicating. Let the customer know where or if he/she can escalate his/her complaint.
·         When necessary, cite sections of the ALA’s Library Bill of Rights or refer to the ALA's Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Challenges to Library Materials.

Why included:

The Sight is an interesting book because it is told from the perspective of a wolf. I think that it is a good transition book from juvenile fiction to teen fiction because of the animal themes which could entice young adults to branch out possibly to werewolf tales later on.

Reference: (2014). The Sight. Retrieved December 3, 2014 from

Clement-Davies, D. (2014). About Author. Retrieved August 29, 2014 from

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