Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon

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by Charles de Lint
     
 

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His name when he was human was Kern.  Now he is the most feared of beings: a werewolf.  When the change first came upon him, his parents drove him away with silver daggers.  Later, he sought human companionship, but he could not hide the truth for long.  And so he kept running until he ran headlong into the deadliest pursuer of all-a harper

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His name when he was human was Kern.  Now he is the most feared of beings: a werewolf.  When the change first came upon him, his parents drove him away with silver daggers.  Later, he sought human companionship, but he could not hide the truth for long.  And so he kept running until he ran headlong into the deadliest pursuer of all-a harper bent on stealing his life away.  By chance Kern was able to find refuge at the Inn of the Yellow Tinker, and the woman he was destined to love.  But can he risk both human and harper vengeance to keep her?

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"[This is] a prose ballad with lyrical grace, and readers will gladly pass their time by the fire as the harper strums landscapes and characters from his strings and spins the tale."-Rambles

"One of the most original fantasy writes currently working."—Booklist

"Charles de Lint is one of the most gifted storytellers writing fantasy today."—Locus

"Charles de Lint shows that fantasy can be the deep mythic literature of our time."—Fantasy and Science Fiction

Children's Literature
In this reissue of one of De Lint's early works, the reader is immediately caught up in a fantasy world where people live together with mythical creatures, both good and evil. The protagonist is called Kern when he is in human form. However, he is a "shapechanger" and can change from human to wolf form and back again. What is surprising is that Kern is quite different from the usual werewolf, with all its negative connotations. Kern has only killed in self-defense or in defense of someone who he loves. However, werewolves are feared, and Kern has had to run from one place to another, never daring to be himself. The look of horror on the faces of those he has loved when they find out he is a shapechanger prevents him from getting attached to people. However, when some people who run an inn rescue him, he falls in love with their daughter, Ainsy. An evil magician whose magic is centered in the harp he plays is determined to destroy Kern and makes it seem as though he is a killer. In the drama that unfolds, the battle between good and evil is played out. The book is almost impossible to put down, but the ending, although satisfying, is a bit too simplistic. The book is highly recommended for De Lint fans and for fantasy-lovers in general. 2004 (orig. 1988), Penguin/Firebird, Ages 12 up.
—Kathy Egner, Ph.D.
Library Journal
Fleeing from those who would destroy him for his shapeshifting nature, Kern Kindregan finds a home and security with the gentle folk of a wayside inn until a harper with malice in his song and hatred for ``werewolves'' in his heart shatters Kern's fragile peace. The author's skill at reshaping old themes into new forms makes his latest novel a good choice for fantasy collections. JC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142400777
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/19/2004
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
792,136
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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From the Publisher

"[This is] a prose ballad with lyrical grace, and readers will gladly pass their time by the fire as the harper strums landscapes and characters from his strings and spins the tale."-Rambles

"One of the most original fantasy writes currently working."--Booklist

"Charles de Lint is one of the most gifted storytellers writing fantasy today."--Locus

"Charles de Lint shows that fantasy can be the deep mythic literature of our time."--Fantasy and Science Fiction

Meet the Author

Charles de Lint is the author of many widely acclaimed novels and short story collections, including Moonlight and Vines, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, Waifs and Strays, and The Painted Boy and  is also the winner of the World Fantasy Award. He lives with his wife—kindred spirit, fellow musician and artist—MaryAnn Harris, in Ottawa. Canada. Visit Charles de Lint at www.charlesdelint.com

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Wolf Moon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves Charles De Lint.
PublishedAuthorofFantasy More than 1 year ago
I actually read this book when the Ace edition came out. Recently I came across De Lint's EYES LIKE LEAVES and after reading the introduction, I decided I wanted to read this book again. I loved it as much the second time as the first. It is a great twist on the usual werewolf story, and the characters are well played. De Lint has always been one of my favorite rereads, and I suspect I will visit this one again.
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TinaTulip22 More than 1 year ago
Although this book is found in the Young Adult section, de Lint is a great fantasy writer for all ages and this is true of his book, Wolf Moon. While some fantasy books by other writers are mixed in with Romance, this book has enough of romance, action and lots of fantasy to keep anyone entertained. I truly enjoyed reading this book.
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The-Maid-Of-Astolat More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing novel. All of De Lints works are top notch. As for the person who said that this novel was pointless, you probably have not yet passed fifth grade, yes there are some 'big' words, this is an adult novel and for the most part, adults can read. If you enjoyed Wolf Moon, you will also like The Blue Girl, also by De Lint.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent novel...SIX stars!...not much more I can say. You have to read it for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great story of a hunted werewolf trying to gain friends and fit in with humans after being rejected by both wolves and humans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book itself was very detailed and showed a lot of emotions- which is Great! I enjoyed the book very much. I thought it was well thought of and just a good book to read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wolf Moon is Awsome I recomend it to any one who loves werewolves and adventures. If you don't read this book you are mising out. I never wanted to put the book down. It is the best book I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I walked by this book at least three different days before considering it, because I didn't expect much from it. But I was impressed. If you enjoyed his 'Riddle of the Wren,' which I favor some over this, you'll more likely that not enjoy this one as well. Werewolf Kern comes across a place in a setting not unlike where 'Riddle' begins. Like in 'Riddle,' there's a nice girl with some change in her life waiting for her, which comes with lonely Kern and the decitful harper. Kern hasn't had a place to trust or feel at home with since before his change came. And that harper, as you'll find, a person from myth, wants nothing more than to make sure all Kern comes to care for are hurt along the way of hurting Kern, if successing, his final suffering.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
stole it from the library it was so good`
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was so confusing and it had alot of big words that i had to look up in the dictionary. it was a really boring book and it didnt have alot to do with werewolves. bby the cover this book didnt look good from the start. i judge books by there cover. i had to pick it because i weas going to read a series of unfortuanate events but those books are extermely stupid also. i reD ONE OF THEM AND MY LIFE CHANGED. I FELT LIGHTHEADED. this book wolf moon is so boring and dumb. if i had to read it for a million dollars i wouldnt.1 star it was terribvly stupid and dump