Twenty years ago, five childhood friends stumbled upon a mysterious box with a red lightning bolt on it - and its contents, (a letter and a bag of strange mushrooms), dictated the course of their lives. Now, the estranged friends have reunited, and the past has come back to haunt them. Can they figure out what the "Silverbirch" pages mean?, what the lightning-bolt mushrooms do?, and who, or what has been controlling them their whole lives? Or, will each of them be forced to surrender their souls to the tear in the fabric of the night sky?
When I started to read Silverbirch, I had no idea the kind of fantastical action I was in for. The fast-paced read immediately sucked me in, and before I knew it, I had been reading for three hours and was on the last chapter, eagerly awaiting the finale. The characters are interesting, the story-line is well-developed and entertaining, and the dialogue, although crude and repetitive at times, is anything but flat. I did find a few spots that needed tweaking, as well as a couple cumbersome areas, but they didn't inhibit my enjoyment of the overall story. I really hope that Rob Kaay plans on a continuation, because the ending was quite a cliff-hanger and I would like to get to know the characters better. I can't wait to read more about Nudge's adventures involving Silverbirch - such a strange, yet intriguing concept! I recommend this book for older teens and adults who are into action-packed fantasies filled with blood, guts, magic mushrooms, and mysterious portals.
Rating: On the Run (4/5)
*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.