The Stream

Fiction - Inspirational
270 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2014
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Author Biography

A. R. Silverberry writes fiction for adults and children. His novel, WYNDANO’S CLOAK, won multiple awards, including the Readers Favorite gold medal for Preteen Fiction. He lives in California, where the majestic coastline, trees, and mountains inspire his writing. THE STREAM is his second novel. Follow him at

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Stream by A.R. Silverberry is, at first glance, a vivid and eventful fantasy novel. A story within a story, it focuses primarily on the life of Wend, a young boy who lives on a boat with his parents, travelling down the seemingly never-ending stream. One can never go back upstream, but only continue on the unknown path, so when Wend’s parents are taken from him, the young boy encounters all sorts of wonderful, dark and fearful people and places as his journey continues. What transpires is an inspirational conceptual novel where the stream is a metaphor for the path of one’s own life, full of twists, turns and unpredictability as to who and what we encounter as our own journeys unfold.

The Stream is a novel about life and the terrifying notion of never knowing what is coming around the next bend. It is also about keeping one’s faith and believing that life will deliver you the things you need, even when times look dismal and bleak. I was delighted by A.R. Silverberry’s tact in never specifying any religious connotations with the metaphor of the stream, which means that any reader with any kind of belief system is able to take away this book’s incredibly uplifting message. Wend’s story is heart-breaking, joyous, desperate and exciting, but it also gave me constant pause to assess the meaning of the stream itself and think about the twists and turns of my own life that have led me to where I am today. Masterful storytelling and a thought-provoking read.

A. R. Silverberry

Heartfelt thanks to K.C. Finn and Readers Favorite for this wonderful review of The Stream.

Susan Ricci

“The Stream is a thought provoking, triumphant read, and one you won’t want to miss!” Susan Jean Ricci, Author of Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems

Virginia Lee

“This tale stirs the depths of my soul, connecting the emotions with vivid and colorful characters and events. I couldn't put it down for long, though I needed to at times for tears to fall and my mind to chew through the sometimes very dark passages. Silverberry portrays life within these pages in mosaics of light and dark, as life truly is, in the layers and cataracts, gifts, and tragedies of - The Stream.” Virginia Lee, Author of Dagon’s Blood