De Lint's first adult fantasy novel in 8 years weaves a rich tapestry of story with classic CdL elegance. Young Thomas Corn Eyes sees into the otherworld, but all he wants to do is get off the rez. Steve Cole escaped from his rock star life to disappear into the desert and mountains. Fifteen-year-old barrio kid Sadie Higgins has been discarded once too often. Blogger Leah Hardin needs to leave Newford, come to terms with the loss of her best friend, and actually engage with her life. When these lives collide in the Hierro Maderas Mountains, they must struggle to escape their messy pasts and find a way to carve a future for themselves.
They don't just have to learn how to survive. They have to learn how to fly.
Beautiful, elegant, and remarkably kind, this is the work of a storyteller at the peak of his
abilities. With de Lint, there's no need to say, "I can't wait to see what he does next." What he does now is always enough to take my breath away.
—Seanan McGuire, author of the October Daye series and other novels
Charles' new book filled me with joy! From the first line to the last, I was completely involved. A book about those "outside" who think they want to get "in," there are good lessons to be learned—painlessly—from beginning to end.
—Janis Ian, songwriter & musician
With this gently rolling, lyrical composition of a book, the godfather of urban fantasy flows back to where he's most needed. If there's one thing today's world can gain from literature, surely it's de Lint's signature sense of unsullied wonder and devotion to the best within us.
—Melissa F. Olson, author of the Scarlett Bernard series and other novels
As a struggling unpublished novelist, I read Charles de Lint and found the template for the kind of stories I wanted to tell, ones that brought magic and folklore into the modern world. After fifteen novels of my own, I'm still both humbled and enthralled by the ease with which he draws the reader into his stories, because now I know just how hard it is. The Wind in His Heart is tough, tender, grim, light on its feet, magical, and brilliant: in other words, a typical de Lint masterpiece, once again setting a high bar for those of us who follow.
—Alex Bledsoe, author of the Tufa series and other novels
Oh what a sweet, wonderful ride that was! I was enthralled. I didn't leave my house all weekend; it was glorious. It was throwback CdL, a vast, shifting landscape of story woven upon story, just what I love. What a love letter to the desert.
—Lizz Huerta, author, winner of the Lumina fiction award
Splendid and so very healing!
—Charles Vess, artist, winner of the World Fantasy Award
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Full of magic and rich culture.
Awesome book, beautifully written. The characters feel real and their culture is rich and thoughtful. Charles De Lint never seizes to amaze me at how good his knowledge is on many factors of life, especially reading about Latino culture and being a Latina myself. His books are the ones I don’t mind buying since I love to reread his stories. This one did not disappoint.
The wind in his heart
Charles de Lint is extraordinary. He brings our reality,dreams, hopes, and fears together in his work.
The Wind in His Heart
This book was HIGHLY recommended by persons I know and love, and with whom I share fundamental spiritual beliefs. Being a well established fan of Mr. DeLint’s work, I was unsurprised by the journey The Wind In His Heart led me on. I was reminded and inspired to remember things I have always known, for no apparent reason, that had slipped into the mists and settled into forgotten corners of conscious awareness. My work is with forgotten, broken people. Thank you for a beautiful, insightful, hopeful depiction of how waking up, self-determination, and healing can- and does- work. Thank you for making accessible the Truth that every person’s truth is their truth, and therefore, valid and to be honored. This book is on my “shelf” of deeply powerful reads with The Onion Girl, and others by Mr. DeLint, that profoundly inspire, inform, and delight through wonderful characterization, evocative articulation, and thrilling adventure. Now, in turn, I HIGHLY recommend this book to every reader looking for a completely satisfying read.