Friday, August 13, 2010

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 295
Format : Fantasy Novel
Reason for Reading : 10 10 10 Challenge

Charles de Lint’s first novel (not his first published, but his first written) before he moved on to his Newford books. Minda Sealy has always had bad dreams in which she is terrified. One night while asleep she meets Jan (Lord of the Moors) who has been imprisoned by Ildran the Dream Master. He is trying to capture Minda and imprison her too in his rise for power. Jan gives Minda three tokens and the next morning she finds a way to flee her father and begin a journey to find and rescue Jan.

On her travels she uses standing stones to travel between different worlds. She makes many friends, some are human and others are various different fae creatures and animals who can speak. Together they must battle Ildran and the evil creatures he sends after Minda in their many forms.

De Lint incorporates much Celtic lore and mythology in this many-worlds novel which I really enjoyed. It is a story of discovery and coming of age as well. I have only read some of his Newford books and short stories prior to this and it is very different, but still has his lyrical storytelling and excellent characterisation. Recommended to all fantasy and Charles de Lint fans.


Ladytink_534 said...

Can you believe I still haven't read anything by him? Everyone says he's really good but I've just never gotten around to him.

Rhinoa said...

Tink - He is awesome and one of my favourite authors. You definitely should try him, I think you will love him :)

Jill said...

Yes, Ladytink, I agree! You really must read some of his books! They are wonderful.

I read this one ages ago, and while I remember enjoying it, it's pretty vague in my mind. Sounds like it's due for a reread. Glad you enjoyed it!

Ana S. said...

I hadn't even heard of this one before, I don't think. The Celtic lore in particular makes it sound wonderful.