Wolf Moon

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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.  ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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 Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/19/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 346,496
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    A Wonderful Fantasy Classic Revisited

    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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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Great Fantasy Read

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2009

    BEST BOOK EVER

    stole it from the library it was so good`

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

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    Wonderful...

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2007

    THE MOST POINTLESS BOOK EVER

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2006

    6 Stars

    Excellent novel...SIX stars!...not much more I can say. You have to read it for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    Excellent book

    A great story of a hunted werewolf trying to gain friends and fit in with humans after being rejected by both wolves and humans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    Pretty good

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Best Book I'veEVER read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2004

    Impressed

    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.

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