Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Moonheart by Charles de Lint

Moonheart (1984)

by Charles de Lint

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Moonheart (1)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
1,608224,518 (4.03)1 / 108



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

Showing 1-5 of 22 (next | show all)
3 and a half stars. excellent, but could have used some editing towards the end when the climactic sequence goes on and on. and on. ( )
  macha | Jan 10, 2017 |
It's not perfect, it's a bit rambly, sometimes a little confusing. It's dated in places, and not always too well. The characterisation is a little uneven, and there are almost too many characters to keep track of at times. Even de Lint himself in the afterword admits it's not the book he set out to write, and not the one he'd write now, but he resists the temptation to "fix" it.

And I'm giving it 5 stars anyway, because any book that sticks with you for 25 years, and still gives as much joy to read now as it did then, has to be worth that. Even just looking at it sitting on my shelf, next to a hardcover of Greenmantle I picked up a couple of years ago, makes me happy. Now I just have to find myself another copy of Faerie Tale.

Full review @Booklikes ( )
  krazykiwi | Aug 22, 2016 |
One of my all-time favorite books and one which I've read multiple times. I have another edition around here somewhere, but the one I always turn to is the paperback edition with the tree, Taliesin, and Sarah sitting underneath it. It started my tradition of bringing a book into an Irish pub when I just wanted to come in, enjoy a pint and dinner, and then go home. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
I'll be honest, I only got half way through this book. I read another book by Charles de Lint, that seemed to drag in places, but the story line was interesting enough to keep me going. This one just didn't. After 225 pages I've found I don't even care how it ends. That happens rarely with me. Even when I'm tired of the book I will often stick it out and get to the end. A few times a book got boring enough that I skipped ahead a few chapters, but only a hand full of times have I just given up completely.

So what is this book about? Sarah (I think that was her name) finds a ring that is pulling her into a non-linear timeline. There are super naturals that seem to be working a magic of sorts. We know if they are not immortal, their lives span hundreds of years.

There's an uncle Jamie in there that seems to be a connection between Sarah in the present and the past.

Beyond that I have no idea what was going on in the book because I couldn't focus on it enough to care.

Sorry for the negativity. I try to write my reviews with the same concept I have of football. I don't have the talent or skill to play, so who am I to judge? I accept I will never be an author regardless of my love of books. I don't have the talent. But this book needed an editor in the very worst way. A good editor could have eliminated enough of the drag for the book to sail. Instead it just sunk for me.

I could recommend this book to individuals that enjoy a good fantasy novel, and have the patience to work through it. ( )
  jlsimon7 | Mar 1, 2015 |
Who among you remembers the first book you read? Or, shall we say the first which made a real impression on you? For me, I grew up on a household that didn't read, and didn't really provide books for a budding bibliophile. So, I did what I could, mostly snitching school books to read from my older cousins. The first I really remember? Being six years old and sneaking my cousin's high school mythology books from her room. The ideas there absolutely fascinated me. Gods and monsters. Far distant lands with strange languages and customs. I was truly hooked on mythology, fantasy and reading itself. It was an epiphany of massive personal proportions.

Back in the middle/late 80's, I was gifted with “Moonheart.” Another epiphany of massive personal proportions. I fell into the story, into it's world of myth and legend, and became an Urban Fantasy fan for life. Moonheart's story was, for it's time, groundbreaking. While most mythology of the time retained the ancient characteristics of other myths and legends, Moonheart brought the stories into the modern day, creating the modern Urban Fantasy genre. Of course, Emma Bull's “War For The Oaks” winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel , Terri Windling's “The Wood Wife” and Ellen Datlow's various compilations of UF helped cement my love at the time. I spent years collecting all the works I could get my hands on, including a rare, signed copy of de Lint's “The Buffalo Man,” illustrated by Charles Vess, that I cherish.

Moonheart is perfect for anyone who wants to study the beginnings of UF, but it is a tremendous story for what it is – a beautifully written tale combining music (another of my passions), fairie, mystical forests, mythical artifacts and beings and layers upon layers of worlds. De Lint is a musician himself, and his writing is a paean to the musical heart of myth and mystery.

A living house which straddles two worlds, a cast of characters who I love dearly. Moonheart is a beautiful story I return to over and over again. ( )
  soireadthisbooktoday | May 4, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 22 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (2 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
de Lint, Charlesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bergen, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garcia, Paul MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mattingly, David B.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vess, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
who helps it happen
First words
Sara Kendall once read somewhere that the tale of the world is like a tree.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312890044, Paperback)

When Sara and Jamie discovered the seemingly ordinary artifacts, they sensed the pull of a dim and distant place. A world of mists and forests, of ancient magics, mythical beings, ageless bards...and restless evil.

Now, with their friends and enemies alike--Blue, the biker; Keiran, the folk musician; the Inspector from the RCMP; and the mysterious Tom Hengyr--Sara and Jamie are drawn into this enchanted land through the portals of Tamson House, that sprawling downtown edifice that straddles two worlds.

Sweeping from ancient Wales to the streets of Ottawa today, Moonheart will entrance you with its tale of this world and the other one at the very edge of sight...and the unforgettable people caught up in the affairs of both. A tale of music, and motorcycles, and fey folk beyond the shadows of the moon. A tale of true magic; the tale of Moonheart.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:59:30 -0400)

(see all 4 descriptions)

After finding artifacts, Sara and Jamie are drawn into an enchanted land through the portals of a sprawling downtown edifice that straddles two worlds.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 avail.
80 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4.03)
0.5 1
1 2
1.5 1
2 16
2.5 3
3 57
3.5 23
4 127
4.5 17
5 119

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,080,357 books! | Top bar: Always visible