A young artist returns to her cabin in the deep woods of Canada to concentrate on her illustrations. But somehow, strange and beautiful creatures are slipping into her drawings and sketches. The world of Faerie is reaching out to her for helpand she may be its last chance for survival.
"What makes de Lint's particular brand of fantasy so catchy is his attention to the ordinary. Like great writers of magic realism, he writes about people in the world we know, encountering magic as part of that world."Booklist
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.08(w) x 5.48(h) x 0.56(d)|
About the Author
Born in Holland in 1951, Charles de Lint grew up in Canada, with a few years off in Turkey, Lebanon, and Switzerland.
Although his first novel was 1984's The Riddle of the Wren, it was with Moonheart, published later that same year, that de Lint made his mark, and established him at the forefront of "urban fantasy," modern fantasy storytelling set on contemporary city streets. Moonheart was set in and around "Newford," an imaginary modern North American city, and many of de Lint's subsequent novels have been set in Newford as well, with a growing cast of characters who weave their way in and out of the stories. The Newford novels include Spirit Walk, Memory and Dream, Trader, Someplace To Be Flying, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and Spirits in the Wires. In addition, de Lint has published several collections of Newford short stories, including Moonlight and Vines, for which he won the World Fantasy Award. Among de Lint's many other novels are Mulengro, Jack the Giant-Killer, and The Little Country.
Married since 1980 to his fellow musician MaryAnn Harris, Charles de Lint lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Switching from 3rd to 1st person with the same character adds to the odd, surreal thinking behind this novella. Eithnie is an artist, which automatically means she¿ll be a little odd, so this book is told from a strange perspective. The story itself is strange, containing tree spirits and a book that so overwhelms the human mind that it takes a great amount of strength to break free from it. It doesn¿t have a very good conclusion, but it does leave you with a sense of something surreal that is almost as hard to break away from as the book Eithnie encounters. It has the characteristic surrealism of Charles de Lint and a wonderful spirit of nature. Fantasy lovers (and tree lovers) will love this book.
Not mentioned above on this page is the fact that Charles de Lint among three other authors wrote a series containing one book each, this being the last. Each book was based on a painting by Brian Froud, a marvelous artist, and each writer wrote a story they saw with the picture each used. (The edition published ten years ago had completely different cover, by the way. Check it out on B&N's site for other authors of the series.) This book that captured me takes us to a place of the ordinary, yet with the unordinary, a wonderful habit of Charles de Lint. At first very fearful, Eithnie must face faerie as real and undreampt. A book entitled 'The Wandering Wood' was brought up a few times, in which a girl must follow through with a promise to faerie that she will help them, a situation Eithnie faces herself. Only how to help them, she doesn't understand until late on. (All goes well, as stories often do.) Having read many other books by this author, I have grown used to his style of writing. But in this work that he did (also published in 1994), I noticed something I first found irritating, but then grew to like: has anyone else felt that his words sometimes seem to have a poeticness about them, or even as though they carry a melody? I felt as though I was reading song as I read this book in one sitting. Though I wished the ending had something more, this is a wonderful book, and well worth the price.
Another jewel of urban fantasy brought to light by the inspired pen of Charles De Lint. The lessons Eithnie learns as an artist are nothing compared to the lessons she needs to learn in order to make a difference in the faerie world. Promises made are promises meant to be kept, and for Eithnie this may be the hardest lesson of all. This is a story that deals with some real-life tough decisions that face many women, however in the fantasy world there is magic to help one young woman to find the strength to not only heal herself but she can also make a difference in the faery world. This book is a delicious must read for those who have come to love the work of Charles De Lint.
I though it was great little modern tale of fairies and the environment without being overly preachy. It was short and easy to read, and it had a simple premise of a plot with a couple of twists in there. The ending was not I expected but it was a good ending.