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Duncton Quest (The Duncton Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – 6 Jul 1989


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (6 July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099606208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099606208
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 3.9 x 11 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Hewitt on 27 May 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hello to all new fans of Duncton these books give you some inside view of moles and how they would perceive the world if you put human views on to them everybody needs something to believe in so why not them, and like all good fiction the story makes you cheer the hero's and comiserate when needed. The first time you read it the fantasy comes alive but if when older you reread them then you read and perceive with different eye's and views and although you know the ending you still cheer them on so go ahead enjoy yourselves read them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Dalby on 4 May 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Recommended to me by a friend and I must admit was rather hesitant as a book about moles did not rate highly on my reading list. Read the entire series in sequence (the 3 Chronicles and the 3 Silence) and I thoroughly enjoyed every book. Tended to think of the moles as being human rather than mole as you follow their lives of love, war and peace through the ages. Quite brutal in parts. William Horwood is an excellent writer and I would commend these books to anyone over the age of 18!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M Farrar on 16 Jun. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I admit that I have never read Duncton Wood or Duncton Found. I picked a hardback copy of this book up in a Christmas fete for 50p, thinking it looked okay. As it turned out it was more than okay. It was absolutely incredible.
How Mr. Horwood managed to write this book I don't know. It is massive and often looks like it is about to reach a dead, but never does. It's like it's already happened, the way he never comes to an uneasy halt despite a complex plot.
You really will come to love characters, good or evil, and find the death scenes very moving. I really must get hold of Duncton Found and find out what happens with the coming of the Stone Mole...
Superb Reading!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a worthy successor to Duncton Wood. Although it is certainly a deeper novel, focusing more on the religious aspects of the mole community. This is the first Duncton book to introduce the 'Word' vs 'Stone' theme, and is probably my favourite book of the six Duncton books published, mainly because whilst Horwood does dwell at length on the contrasts between the two mole religions, the story is still given equal importance, something I think is not apparent in the later books in the series. If you liked Duncton Wood, you should like this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Arias Fernández on 15 Sept. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have all 6 of the Duncton Books, and have read them literally hundreds of times, but this is definitely my favourite. Chartering the life of Bracken and Rebecca's son Tryfan, this book moves you to tears, and stirs up such emotion that you forget that these are moles, and not people. I recommend these books to anyone who is interested in adventure, emotion and a fantastic story. When will the film be made??
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Rutter on 15 Jan. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the sequel to the book Duncton Wood, where William Horwood first introduced the idea of moles and told us the tale of Rebecca and Bracken. Here we pick up the story with their son, Tryfan. We journey with him as he learns his task for the Stone; as he watches the rise of the Word and evil Henbane; and as he loves and loses the one mole he's destined for.

As the title suggests, this novel concerns a quest - ultimately for the Stone Mole, who is prophesied to be coming to aid moledom and the Stone in their darkest hour. Tryfan is heavily involved in this coming of the Stone Mole, as he travels firstly to the Wen and meets sweet Feverfew, then goes north to Whern, the dark heart of the Word.

Horwood's strength is the characters he introduces in this book. We have a large cast of extremely characterful and colourful moles, from the scribes Boswell and Tryfan to the ex-grikes Alder and Marram. I particularly love Mayweed - he, alone, grants this book an extra star above what it might have received from me. His loquacious language and wonderful vulnerability are lovely to read about. Considering the massive cast, each receives enough screentime to be well-developed and take their rightful place in the story.

The same issues I had with Duncton Wood raise their heads here - there are some problems with pacing, mainly with the passage into the Wen which is both dreary in description and slow to read through. In this book a new side to this is added with the extremely loooooong monologues by Tryfan about the nature of faith and how to worship the Stone properly. I understand that his character is meant to preach the coming of the Stone Mole and lead moles to accept the Stone, but it is very dull - especially if you don't feel faith for a religion yourself.
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