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Tapping the Dream Tree is Charles de Lint's fourth collection of short stories set in and around Newford, a modern-day city that is saturated with magic and myth. As with all of de Lint's Newford stories, this collection can be described as contemporary myth, a combination of urban fantasy and magic realism.
In "Ten for the Devil," Staley Cross unknowingly unleashes two warring mages into the world through her blue spirit fiddle. She gets help sending them back from an ageless blues guitarist who has even outstmarted the devil. Author Christy Riddell comes face to face with a young ghost in "The Words That Remain." Also included in this collection is "Seven Wild Sisters," an enchanting novella about an adolescent girl who rescues a strange, injured creature and inadvertently gets her and her six sisters caught up in a war between feuding clans of faeries.
It really doesn't matter if you've ever read any of de Lint's Newford works before; the 18 stories included in Tapping the Dream Tree are fantastical fiction at its very best. This meaty collection will satisfy longtime Newford fans as well as newcomers to this unforgettable city and its inhabitants. Paul Goat Allen