A fantasy adventure for grades 6/7 and up.
Filled with drama and humor, The Darkling Beasts is a cautionary tale addressing some of the great issues that face us today, ones the upcoming generation will contend with tomorrow. Reg Down’s lively imagination has made this tale the best sort of reading for young teens (and those of us who are older): The Darkling Beasts is a captivating page-turner that will keep any young person reading, and reading and reading. And as they read, they will not only be entertained, they will be recognized, challenged, and taught unawares.
Alf’s parents lose their home in the great financial downturn of the early twenty-first century. They take Alf and his friend, Siggy, to a visiting carnival to have a bit of fun. Alf and Siggy get stuck in a dilapidated Hall of Mirrors and end up miles away with the beer bellied owner and his amply x-sized mum. that’s when Alf discovers a portal in the Hall of Mirrors. It leads to a world turned completely inside out to ours.
In Instar, the sun lies at the center of a great sphere, waxing and waning during the day and vanishing at night. They meet the slim and beautiful Mia, who takes them into her tilting — the tall, slender buildings that sway with the wind and rise above the forest. The tiltings, however, are surrounded by a high defense wall with vicious spikes on top. Living in the day is fine, or so it seems to an outsider, but when night comes the gates are shut against the darkling beasts that rage outside.
Very highly recommend, ages 11-12 and up.