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TITLE: The Island of Whispers
AUTHOR: Brendan Gisby
PUBLISHER: Black Leaf Publishing (June 12, 2009)
PRICE: $12.67, £7.35
PAGES: 236
FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1907407103
ISBN-13: 9781907407109

Twisted Foot, a Watcher, is a black rat who lives in an abandoned monastery on Inchgarvie Island. As Twisted Foot stands watch in the Upperworld, he realizes how cruel his home in the Underworld is.

He also considers what happened during the Selection. Broken Tail, the Chief Protector sniffed out the deformed and weaker of the newborn rats. He would swipe each across the snout marking them for destruction. Then, the newborns would be herded and guarded by the Protectors for food for the Rulers. Twisted Foot remembers that he had lost a couple of children this way.

He reminds himself they were broken up into different classes of rats. There were the Rulers who depend on the rat colony for substance and everything else for that matter. Next in the pecking order are the Inner Circle. These few advised the Rulers. There were the Hunters. The Hunters held a position of honor since they hunt each night to provide food for the rat colony. Of course, the Rulers get the best pieces of food. Next, come the Protectors. These bullies think that they can torture, kill and rape anyone in a lower class than they are. The ones the Protectors usually attacked were the Watchers and the Slave-rats. Not to mention the she-rats and their young. What to do about such cruelty? Was there a world beyond the Upperworld?

When Twisted Foot was on Watcher duty, he could see another land beyond the water. Was there a colony there too? Could they make a bid for freedom and escape?

You cheer as Twisted Foot, his friends, their mates and youngsters as they make their escape. The author holds you in suspense as they climb the Giant’s Foot to crawl across it. Will Twisted Foot and his friends find a place where they can start their own society of equality?

I fully recommend this book! This reviewer had to start The Island of Whispers several times. This is mainly because I can’t stand rats. The Island of Whispers is a ‘stick with it book.’ It is an engrossing tale from start to finish about breaking away from cruelty and dictatorship. The Island of Whispers is a fascinating and suspenseful story. The Mr. Gisby holds you in suspense from the beginning to the last page! His powers of description will have you both cringing and enthralled.

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