De Lint at his best. When Jacky's boyfriend walks out, her life changes more than she could ever imagine. In a fit of angst she chops off her long blond hair then goes out to wander the streets of Ottawa. She's startled out of her reverie by a faceless gang of bikers attacking a small man whose body disappears, leaving behind only a red cap. The cap shows Jacky an unimaginable side of Ottawa and sets her on an impossible quest to save the good fairies from their evil counterparts.
Luck, magic, and love bring to life a perilous, rollicking adventure involving Jacky, her best friend Kate, nefarious giants, nasty bogans, a trickster, a whimsical wizard, a small hob, and the last of the Swan Princes. Jacky's daring and quick wit make for an exciting story that is impossible to put down. Cleverly mingling folklore, fairy tale and modern life, the novel points to a fine connection between what is seen and what is not, and the importance of belief, compassion, and loyalty.
This Triskell Press e-book contains a new Afterword by the author.
Winner, Canadian SF/Fantasy Award (Aurora) for Best Work in English
Winner, YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (Young Adult Library Services Association)
De Lint has a deceptively casual writing style, but his ability to pull in the reader's sympathy and suspension of disbelief is entirely artful. This volume is a good place to start if you're unfamiliar with de Lint's writing, and just as pleasurable to return to after a few years' absence.
- Challenging Destiny
De Lint keeps the pace going full tilt, involving the reader immediately. The backdrop of Ottawa adds a delicious dimension as mortals and sidhe coexist on the streets, the former unable to see that latter among them. The characters are (mostly) likable and lively, and Jacky is a heroine after anyone's heart. It is a joy to watch her grow from a timid frightened girl into a resourceful hero, and she makes a darn good role model, too.
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About the Author
Charles de Lint is a full-time writer and musician who makes his home in Ottawa, Canada. This author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children’s books has won the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others. Modern Library's Top 100 Books of the 20th Century poll, voted on by readers, put eight of de Lint's books among the top 100. De Lint is also a poet, artist, songwriter, performer and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. For more information, visit his web site at www.charlesdelint.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was the second Charles De Lint book I ever read and it remains one of my favorites and that made me a fan of the author. I like the sense of fun it has, the easy blending of the modern world and fantasy and even the fact that it was short. A lot of his books as he keeps on writing start to get longer and longer and feeling a bit dragged out. This one was just as long as it needed to be.
I really liked the opening chapter of this book. De Lint creates a wonderful picture of Jacky Rowan. Recently dumped for being too uninteresting she has spent the night drinking her sorrows away. But on her way home she comes across a strange scene; a gang of bikers hunting down a little man. But when she investigates further there is no trace of it ever having happened, apart from the man¿s red cap that she discovered on the ground.This red cap is more than a head covering it. When she wears it Jacky discovers that she can see into a different world. The world of faerie, where hobgoblins and bogans live. Where the Wild Hunt are at the eck and call of the unseelie court and the seelie court are almost gone.As I said, I really enjoyed the opening chapter of this. It was really well written and totally captured the character of Jacky. But for the most part the rest of this book seemed to move too quickly. All of a sudden Jacky is part of this other world. And suddenly she¿s a hero. Part of the reason for this is probably the fact that the book is a version of a fairy tale, where Jack, all of a sudden, finds himself with a magic beanstalk and a giant to do battle with. But I prefer a little bit more development in my books. Everything seemed to happen in great leaps forward. There was very little development here.Still, it was an entertaining enough read. Even when de Lint isn¿t on the top of his game he is still very readable. It is a fun, easy to read book. But not one I¿d really see myself rereading.
Jack, The Giant-Killer by Charles De Lint uses just a tad of the old Jack myth (well, it uses the name and the giant killing...) and lots of faeries in the cities, much like in Emma Bull's War for the Oaks. Like the last book it was interesting, but not all that exciting.