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The Moon of Gomrath (1963)

by Alan Garner

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Series: Tales of Alderley (2)

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With the help of the wizard Cadellin, Colin and Susan struggle to contain the forces of evil unleashed by the inadvertent awakening of the band of ancient horsemen known as the Wild Hunt.

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I think this gets better as I get older. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Lots of names, lots of local detail, particularly weird, but wonderful. Doesn't have a solid, exact, ending as most modern books, but doesn't suffer for it.

It is much better written than The Wierdstone of Brisingamen, Garners writing has matured significantly, but doesn't have that huge wash of nostalgia for me. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
Like the previous, a mad hodgepodge of Scandinavian and Celtic mythology. Constant, inexplicable action, and some new dwarfs. The elves in this book are far different from Tokien elves, they are not tall, handsome, loquacious, long-lived, and melancholy; instead they are small, somewhat murderous, and sick of human-induced lung diseases.

I think if I listened to it, I would enjoy it vastly more, as if it were a music video, full of nonsense and pleasing images.

The cover image on the version I read was probably the worst available: the children are wooden, and Alcenor has a very funny hat.

What would have been really nice, and what this book sadly lacks, is a glossary of the names, indicating what source they were derived from, what they might have referred to, and how to pronounce them. ( )
1 vote themulhern | Sep 7, 2019 |
This is the sequel to the author's Weirdstone of Brisingamen, continuing the adventures of Colin and Susan in encountering magic creatures in the Alderley Edge area of Cheshire. Again, while well written, this just didn't grip me emotionally and I found the plot more rambling and unclear than Weirdstone. Not sure if I'll bother with Boneland, the third book in the series, written much more recently than the first two. ( )
1 vote john257hopper | May 18, 2019 |
It wasn't either of our faults, book. Really. It just didn't work out. Maybe it was the age difference, maybe our different cultures. But I'm sure you will meet lots of wonderful readers soon, and have long and happy relationships with them. ( )
1 vote JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
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Call, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, JeffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lavis, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwinger, LaurenceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"And for to passe the tyme thys book shal be plesaunte to rede in, but for to gyve fayth and byleve that al is trewe that is conteyned herein, ye be at your lyberté."

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For Ellen, Adam and Katharine
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It was bleak on Mottram road under the Edge, the wooded hill of Alderley.
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With the help of the wizard Cadellin, Colin and Susan struggle to contain the forces of evil unleashed by the inadvertent awakening of the band of ancient horsemen known as the Wild Hunt.

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When Alan Ganer's first book, The Weirdstone of Brisngamen came to its breathless, enchanted end, Cadellin the Wizard returned to guard the company of knights sleeping in the hollow hills and Susan and Colin went back to everyday life.
But they couldn't forget Cadellin Silverbrow, and when this story begins, they decide to call him for the last time. Instead they meet the Lord of the Elves, who persuades Susan to give his people her magic bracelet, but when she is out of it's protection she falls into terrible danger, and Colin has to invoke the Old Magic to save her.
It is a wild magic from the beginning of time, and more of it is released when Susan and Colin light a fire on the Beacon on the Eve of Gomrath, and a band of horsemen rides out of the flames. Colin is captured by the Morrigan, and in trying to rescue him Susan has to fight single-handed with the evil forces that have gathered to destroy her.
This is a deeply imaginative and haunting book.
For readers nine and over.
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