William Nicholson was born in 1948 and received his early education at Downside School, a Roman Catholic monastic school set in the countryside near Bath. He went on to study English Literature at Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating with a double First Class degree in 1970. After leaving university, William joined BBC television, where he worked as a documentary film maker. It was not long before William's talent was channelled into writing for television dramas and his professional writing career took off. William is perhaps best known as an experienced and successful Hollywood screenwriter, whose credits include the BAFTA award-winning SHADOWLANDS and Oscar-winning GLADIATOR. Nicholson's first trilogy for young readers, The Wind on Fire, met with universal acclaim. Nicholson has won the Smarties Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book Award. He has been cited as one of the most gifted and imaginative writers alive in the world today. William lives in Sussex with his wife Virginia, and their three children.
Gr 6-9-When the soldiers of the Mastery loot and burn the city of Aramanth, the Hath family are taken as slaves along with the rest of the Manth people. Only 15-year-old Kestrel, separated from her twin brother Bowman, remains behind, vowing revenge against the cruel invaders. Samuel West's narration of William Nicholson's sequel (Hyperion, 2001) to The Wind Singer (Hyperion, 2000) is splendid, resonant with complex emotional twists and turns without ever descending into the overly melodramatic. He moves seamlessly from one characterization to another and is equally adept at portraying various ages, genders, and idiosyncratic personalities-some gently humorous, others wise, and several consummately evil. Whether describing the horrific monkey cages, the riveting battles of the manaxa, or the tantaraza, the glorious dance of love, West holds listeners spellbound, drawn ever deeper into the classic struggle between good and evil. Filled with memorable scenes and unforgettable people, this second volume in The Wind on the Fire trilogy stands independently of the other two volumes.-Cindy Lombardo, Tuscarawas County Public Library, New Philadelphia, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.