The Whisper

Volume 2 in The Riverman Trilogy

Twelve-year-old Alistair Cleary has washed up on shore. But where? It seems to be Aquavania, the magical realm where children create entire worlds from their imagination. There's something wrong, though. The creators have disappeared and the worlds are falling apart. All Alistair wants is to find his friend Fiona Loomis and go home. Easier said than done. Animals made of starlight, a megalomaniacal boy king, and astronauts who peddle riddles are hard enough to outwit, but they're only the beginning. To find Fiona, Alistair must travel from world to world. He must confront the mistakes of his past. And he must face countless monsters, including the soul-stealing stalker that some people call the Riverman, the merciless but misunderstood servant of Aquavania who refers to himself as the Whisper.

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015

ISBN: 9780374363116


"A riveting, imaginative, disconcerting, inscrutable, unresolved sequel, guaranteed to leave readers anxious for the finale." – Kirkus Reviews (★ starred review)

"Penning something of a cautionary tale, Starmer has constructed a multitude of worlds here, all tied to power of creation, and the boredom that power ultimately bestows. Ending with a staggering twist, readers adept at navigating this atemporal telling will clamor to get their hands on book three." – School Library Journal (★ starred review) 

"Starmer’s sequel has more layers than Christmas ribbon candy and hops around and back and forth through time. What is real and what is fantasy? Are the story threads connected? Readers will find the possibilities numerous. The main characters, Alistair, Fiona, and Charlie, are multidimensional and often funny...fantasy lovers up to the challenge will devour The Whisper and crave the third book in the trilogy." – VOYA Magazine