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Moonheart is the award-winning novel that propelled Charles de Lint to his status as a master of urban fantasy.
Unique to this Triskell Press edition is a new afterword by de Lint reminiscing on the impact of his seminal work. We are grateful to Charles Vess for the use of his cover and interior illustrations.
When Sara Kendell opens a box of oddments in the storeroom of the Merry Dancers Old Book and Antique Emporium, she has no idea that she'll stumble across anything unusual. But those seemingly ordinary artifacts—a painting, a ring and a flat bone disc—will turn Sara's world upside down and lead her to places she never dreamed could exist: a world of mists and forests, ancient magics, mythical beings, ageless bards...and restless evil.
In a tale sweeping from ancient Wales to the streets of modern Ottawa, de Lint's unforgettable characters—Sara Kendell; her beloved uncle Jamie; Blue the biker; Kieran the folk musician; RCMP Inspector Tucker; Pukwudji the trickster; the inscrutable Tom Hengwr; and the magic of Tamson House itself—will stay with you forever.
Readers placed Moonheart (1984) on Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century list. It also won the William Crawford Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.
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Before Newford, there was an alternate Ottawa
and that’s where I entered the worlds of Charles de Lint.
I’d picked it up, not long after publication, and found so many points of mutual interest that I got dizzy trying to keep track of all of them. It was 2013 before I’d find another book that did this to me, and there were two: Abigail Padgett’s The Paper Doll Museum, and Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, which you should also go read.
Some couples have songs—we had books: Moonheart and Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks, three years later, and the Lord Peter Wimsey BBC series with the Harriet Vane novels.
I was enchanted, in most of the meanings of the word. How did I find my way to an author who shared so many of my favorite cultures, music, poetry, history—a sentient house, why can’t I have a sentient house? I’m afraid I wasn’t able to keep up with his prolific output after a few years—kids will do that to a reader! This book will always have a place in my library, physical and electronic.
I know most Pagans and Druids will find this enjoyable, and likely Heathens and Polytheists as well. Anyone interested in myth, folklore, legend, and folksong will have a good time with this—if you have a sense of wonder, this is a book for you.
An enjoyable story about a magical world
Charles de Lint’s “Moonheart” is a very good read - an evokative tale set in 1980’s Ottowa and the Other World, full of Native American and Celtic lore and magic. Add to this an engaging mystery and journeys of self-discovery with a sprawlng cast of characters, all make the story move along. I had a few quibbles (some flat characters and stilted dialogue), but those are easily overlooked as you get caught up in the various threads of the novel. Well worth a read!