Eyes Like Leaves

Eyes Like Leaves

by Charles de Lint


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This early Charles de Lint novel—previously unavailable in a paperback edition—is a stirring epic fantasy of Celtic and Nordic mythology along with swords and sorcery.

In the Green Isles, the summer magic is waning. Snake ships pillage the coastal towns, and the evil Icelord encases the verdant lands in a permanent frost. A mysterious old wizard prepares to mount one last defense of the Isles, hurrying to instruct his inexperienced apprentice in the art of shape-changing. In a desperate race to awaken the Summerlord, the newfound mage gathers a few remaining allies, including a seemingly ordinary young woman and her protective adoptive family. Mercilessly pursued by the Icelord’s army of stormkin, they flee north to the seat of the Summerlord’s power.

But the revelation of a family betrayal leads to new treachery—and time is running short for the Summerborn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616960506
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication date: 01/16/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 624,884
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Charles de Lint is the best-selling author of more than seventy adult, YA, and children’s books, including Moonheart , The Onion Girl , Widdershins , Medicine Road , and Under My Skin . He is the recipient of the World Fantasy, YALSA, Crawford, and Aurora awards. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a book review column for Fantasy & Science Fiction .

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Eyes Like Leaves 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MillieHennessy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eyes Like Leaves boils down to an old world story of good versus evil. Two god-like brothers battle for rule over the green isles, one fighting for eternal winter, the other fighting to maintain the balance of the seasons. The "god" of spring/summer needs help from those few people left who have magic in their blood, and that's where we run into Tarn, Carrie, Deren and Puretongue. With the help of a few others, they must use their powers to help fight off the eternal winter.This is not one of my favorite books by de Lint. I much prefer his contemporary fantasy. I really enjoyed the characters in this story, and I found them far more interesting than the plot. I didn't think it was paced very well, because there was a lot of traveling and chatter, followed by a quick action or drama scene, and then a lot more travel or back story. The end felt rushed, but overall I enjoyed the book. I did have an issue with a repetitive phrase as I did in Into The Green (where it seemed the title phrase was used every few pages), and this phrase was "the weavers weave." It's used in reference to the fates creating the future and whatnot, and it's a neat phrase, but it was said over and over and over again until I wished those damn weavers would burn their loom and call it quits.
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite being published in 2009, this was a book that de Lint wrote way back at the beginning of his career. Told by his publisher that its publication would get him cemented in to the niche of high fantasy, it was put aside as de Lint pursued his urban fantasy. Eyes Like Leaves is set in a thinly disguised British Isles, with a war starting as Lothan, the king of Everwinter, strives to take over the world, disrupting the balance between himself and his brother Hafarl, the Summerlord. Lothan¿s vicious, evil, cold minions scour the land to kill all of the Summerlord¿s kin. But the Summerlord¿s kin are willing to give up their lives to keep balance in the world. Puretongue, the founder of dhruidery, is a wizard with a secret. A huge secret. Tarn is a wizard who fights a dark side within himself. Carrie is a recent orphan who is told she has great power, but longs only for family and security. Deren has but recently begun to be taught wizardry. Together they must face the king of ice and winter. You can tell that it¿s an early work by a great writer. It doesn¿t have the strongly drawn characters that de Lint¿s later work does. The story starts very slowly, then races at the end. It¿s an interesting high fantasy work, but I would have loved to see what it could have been if the author had gone back and rewritten it, but he preferred to let it stand and allow the reader to see how far he has come. It was written, after all, during the era when sword & sorcery was at its most popular, and fits right in there. The one thing that disrupted my enjoyment was that the proof reader missed huge numbers of typos; an expensive, special edition like this should have been better proofed.
Ideiosepius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have just finished this one. Very enjoyable. Not that I have ever NOT enjoyed anything by De Lint actually, but this was a very nice semi mythological semi symbolic fantasy. The ending was consistent, but not sugar coated and not entirely obvious.It's a shame it was a library book as I will probably want to re-read it at some stage.
cissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story was good, although CdL's prose has improved over the years, and this is an earlier novel.However, while the production values of the run are very nice- pretty cover art, nice paper, a well-designed interior- Subterranean Press apparently used a pre-finished copy of the text to print this. There were not only a lot of typos, but numerous places in which two "synonyms" for a word in the text were both printed, one after the other or combined (such as "buarrow": a combination of "burrow" or "barrow"- either of which would have worked, but the blending did not). Most of the alternatives, though, were just run together in the text.This did throw me out of the novel on any number of occasions. Not CdL's fault, but still a problem.
aleahmarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eyes Like Leaves is the latest offering from fantasy novelist Charles de Lint and was originally completed in 1980. Written in epic fantasy style, it was shelved after de Lint found his stride in the urban fantasy genre. The Lord of Winter is waging a war of domination over the inhabitants of the Green Isles. The Winterlord's brother, the Lord of Summer, is weakened by the loss of his staff and is slowly losing ground. In one last attempt to save all that is good and green, the Summerlord calls his descendants, the Summerborn, to aid him in freeing the Green Isles from his evil brother's icy grip.Although typographical errors throughout the signed hardcover edition of the book make for a distracting read, this will prove to be an otherwise enjoyable tale for fans of epic fantasy. Highly recommended for Charles de Lint completists.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charles de Lint is one of my favorite writers, and one of the creators of the contemporary urban fantasy. Eyes Like Leaves, though, is a novel he wrote before he started the urban fantasy stories, and fits into the high fantasy genre. Magick is fading from the Green Isles. There has been a balance between Hafarl, the Lord of Summer, and the Winter Lord. Now the Winter Lord is determined to destroy Hafarl and hold the Isles under his reign forever. Tarn, a wizard trained by Puretongue, seeks to find all those touched with Hafarl's magick and bring them to the Summer Lord's aid. The Winter Lord is destroying all of Hafarl's kin he can find. Meanwhile the Viking-like Samarand are destroying villages along the coast. Young Carrie has lost her family to the raiders and has been taken in by a family of tinkers. When Tarn meets her he knows the magick is strong in her. Can Tarn, Carrie, and the few of Haferl's kin who are left save the Summer Lord and keep the Isles from being lost?de Lint, a consistently excellent writer, shows his mastery again in this work that he put aside for various reasons and has now been published many years after it was written. Eyes Like Leaves is a deeply magickal and spiritual work that is also an excellent adventure.
PittsburghFan More than 1 year ago
I love most of Charles de Lint's urban fantasy books because of their novel plots and engaging characters. I hestitated to buy this novel since he had written it years ago, I enjoyed his earlier works but they did not capture my attention like his Newford characters and later novels. This book was a very pleasant surprise and I found it very hard to put down.