It’s 65 million years ago: the last dinosaurs are dying out, and the mammals are beginning to take over the earth. Dusk is a small tree glider -- a chiropter – who discovers that unlike the rest of his colony he can flap his wings rather than just use them to glide downwards. The only member of his colony capable of powered flight, Dusk is shunned, and escapes being driven out only because his father is leader. But after his colony is massacred by a prowl of newly-evolved, cat-like carnivores, Dusk's skills may prove to be the salvation of his colony as they embark on a perilous journey to find a new home. Set during a thrilling and dynamic era of earth's history, Darkwing tells the story of the very first bat.
"Lively prose and sheer imagination make Oppel’s fourth bat story another winner." - Kirkus (starred review)
"a thrilling page-turner that will captivate young and old alike"
- Quill & Quire (starred review)
"captivating reading from beginning to end" - Booklist (starred review)
"this exciting fantasy convincingly brings to life a long-ago world" - Kliat (starred review)