The Characters

The Characters of Silverwing

"Once I'd decided to write a book about bats, I wanted all my bat characters to be based on real species. It was important to me that my characters seem like real animals, and not just cartoon creations. By using real bats as my inspiration, I was also able to include all sorts of factual information in the story, and this helped make my fantasy more believable. There are almost a thousand species of bats in the world, and I looked at lots of different kinds before choosing the ones on which my heroes are based." K.O.

Click on a character name on the left to see their real-life model.... 

photo: © Jenny Soloman, BigStockPhoto

Silverwing © copyright Kenneth Oppel, published by HarperCollins Canada; illustrations by David Frankland, animation & website by Hoffworks