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The Dreaming Tree

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Journey to a transitional time in the world, as the dawn of mortal man brings about the downfall of elven magic. But there remains one final place untouched by human hands-the small forest of Ealdwood, in which dwells Arafel the Sidhe, who has more love of the earth than any of her kind. This is a moving, compelling tale of the last stronghold of immortality struggling to survive the rise of man.

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Overview

Journey to a transitional time in the world, as the dawn of mortal man brings about the downfall of elven magic. But there remains one final place untouched by human hands-the small forest of Ealdwood, in which dwells Arafel the Sidhe, who has more love of the earth than any of her kind. This is a moving, compelling tale of the last stronghold of immortality struggling to survive the rise of man.

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Editorial Reviews

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).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886777821
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Series: Ealdwood Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 996,915
  • Product dimensions: 4.42 (w) x 6.94 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    Magical

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    Totally enchanting!

    I loved this book, it helped me escape my boring home and escape to a world of fantasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    A Modern Classic

    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.

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