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The Dreaming Tree
     

The Dreaming Tree

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by C. J. Cherryh
 

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The classic fantasy duology, combining The Dreamstone and The Tree of Swords and Jewels in an omnibus for the first time

It was that transitional time of the world, when man first brought the clang of iron and the reek of smoke to the lands which before had echoed only with fairy voices. In that dawn of man and death of magic there yet remained

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The classic fantasy duology, combining The Dreamstone and The Tree of Swords and Jewels in an omnibus for the first time

It was that transitional time of the world, when man first brought the clang of iron and the reek of smoke to the lands which before had echoed only with fairy voices. In that dawn of man and death of magic there yet remained one last untouched place—the small forest of Ealdwood—which kept the magic intact, and protected the old ways. And there was one who dwelt there, Arafel the Sidhe, who had more pride and love of the world as it used to be than any of her kind.

But fear of the world of Faery ran deep in the hearts of men, and when Ciaran Cuilean, Lord of Caer Wiell, a man with Elvish blood in his veins, found himself the object of increasing distrust and suspicion from his men, his king, and even his own family, he knew he must once again put his humanity aside and return to Ealdwood.

For shadows of a newly awakened evil swarmed across both lands, and unless Ciaran reclaimed his haunted weapons from the Tree of Swords and joined Arafel, he would see this evil overtake not only the warm hearthstones of the mortal keeps, but the silvery heart of Ealdwood itself....

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Praise for The Dreaming Tree:

"A beautifully told tale reminiscent of Dunsany." —Publishers Weekly

"A gem." —Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

“The characters are rich and well-rounded, the world realistic and well-defined—so much so that to draw yourself back into the modern world may seem unreal after spending some time in Eald.” —Bristol Herald Courier

VOYA - Kim Carter
A combination reissue of two previously released titles, The Dreamstone and The Tree of Swords and Jewels, with a new ending, this one is a journey into the twilight of the elvish realm on earth. Arafel is a Daoine Sidhe, the highest of the sidhe-faery folk. She alone remains of the elves, choosing to retain guardianship of Ealdwood, the faery forest that borders the mortal world and shelters the last of the old magic. But her loneliness causes her to bestow a great gift of trust on a mortal man, unwittingly bringing grave danger to all creatures of magic as an ancient evil is reawakened. Ultimately, all of faery find their fate in the hands of Ciaran Cuilean, a human with Elvish blood, and his two children. It is through Arafel and Ciaran that all discover the mutual bonds are deep and reach further in time than mankind's enmity and fear of faery, or faery's disdain for humankind. The writing is alternately ethereally dreamlike and tautly suspenseful, wholly befitting this tale of magic and mortality. Beautifully written but with difficult pronunciations and uneven pacing, it is not a tale for every reader. But every reader who finds his or her way into the heart of Faery will long remember a sojourn in a land that lingers at the fringe of memory, just out of sight and touch. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886777821
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Series:
Ealdwood Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,097,894
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a typewriter while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin, and Greek. With more than seventy books to her credit, and the winner of three Hugo Awards, she is one of the most prolific and highly respected authors in the science fiction field. Cherryh was recently named a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Washington state. She can be found at cherryh.com.

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I loved this book. This book was handed to be by a friend and I questioned it greatly. I thought that I was not going to like it. I decided to humor my friend so I gave it a chance. I discovered that I found myself staying up late at night to finish it. Whenever I set it down I would find myself wanted really badly to pick it back up. After I read it I went and brought a copy for my library. It is one title I would recommend to anyone.
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I loved this book, it helped me escape my boring home and escape to a world of fantasy.
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It is detailed and beautifully written. It is a story about the last days of the Elves, now that there is only one full blooded elf left. This book holds a special place in my heart.