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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405211393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405211390
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,980,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenny Nimmo lives in a converted watermill in Wales. Her husband, David, is a painter and print-maker, and all three of her children speak Welsh fluently. She finds Wales, a land of legends, a very inspiring place to live.

For as long as she can remember, Jenny has loved books. At boarding school, reading was her way to overcome loneliness or boredom. However, she is aware that not everyone finds reading comes easily, and feels passionately that every child should have all the help they need, and access to as many books as they want.

In 1986 her book, The Snow Spider, won the Smarties Grand Prix, and in 1987 it was awarded the Tir na n-Og by the Welsh Arts Council. She wrote the sequels, Emlyn's Moon and The Chestnut Soldier, because she was unable to let go of the characters in The Snow Spider, and needed to find out what would become of them. She enjoys writing about magic because it is inexplicable and unpredictable, and anything can happen. The Rinaldi Ring, was chosen as Guardian Book of the Week and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and received a commendation.

Jenny's latest books are part of the very successful Children of The Red King series. There are already seven books to enjoy, Midnight For Charlie Bone, The Time Twister (winner of Askew's Spotlight Award) The Blue Boa, The Castle of Mirrors, The Hidden King and The Wilderness Wolf, Charlie Bone and The Shadow of Badlock. The series will conclude in autumn 2009 with the eighth book.

Find out more about Charlie Bone at www.charlie-bone.com

Titles published by Egmont by Jenny Nimmo:

The Strongest Girl In The World
Hot Dog, Cool Cat
Ill Will, Well Nell

Delilah and the Dogspell
Delilah and the Dishwasher Dogs
Delilah Alone
Seth and the Strangers

Tatty Apple
The Snow Spider
The Chestnut Soldier
Emlyn's Moon
The Bronze Trumpeter
Griffin's Castle

Milo's Wolves
The Rinaldi Ring

Telling Tales Series
Jenny Nimmo by Wendy Cooling

The Children of the Red King Series
Midnight for Charlie Bone
The Time Twister
The Blue Boa
The Castle of Mirrors
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King
Charlie Bone and the Wilderness Wolf
Charlie Bone and the Shadow of Badlock (Sept 08)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 2000
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I'd find it hard to believe that anyone could read this book and not enjoy it. 'Emlyn's Moon' is an enchanting tale, which centers around Nia Lloyd, who wishes to stand out amongst her six brothers and sisters. The story follows Nia as she discovers her artistic talent, with the help of Emlyn and his father, and is unwittingly drawn into a struggle to reunite an estranged family. This second book in Jenny Nimmo's enthralling 'Snow Spider' trilogy is full of mystery and magic, courtesy of Gwyn Griffiths. 'Emlyn's Moon' creates a vivid atmosphere in the imagination, through the author's almost poetic use of descriptive language, and is a book that is hard to put down!
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One of my favourite books, I love the welsh setting and Nia's project has long been something I wish I could create too.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
"It's Not of this Earth, Child...It Doesn't Belong Here..." 17 Nov 2005
By R. M. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
`The Snow Spider' trilogy by Jenny Nimmo (made up of `The Snow Spider', `Emlyn's Moons' [also published as 'The Orchard of the Crescent Moon'] and 'The Chestnut Soldier') are some of the best children's fantasy novels out there - and so inevitably they are virtually unknown. Set in the mountains of Wales, the books chronicle the experiences of Gwyn Griffith, a young boy magician dealing with the gift and burden of inheriting magical powers from his legendary ancestors. Before immediate comparisons are made with that other boy-wizard, rest assured that 'The Snow Spider' was published several years before Harry Potter hit the scene.

In the previous novel `The Snow Spider', Gwyn became aware of his abilities as a magician, using his gift to summon several magical artefacts from another world, including Arianwen, a tiny silver spider who helped him uncover the mystery of his sister Bethan's disappearance several years ago and save his best friend Alun from a malevolent force he mistakenly unleashed.

Surprisingly, Nimmo chooses to take a step away from Gwyn in this sequel and tell the story from the point of view of Nia Lloyd, the little sister of Gwyn's best friend. She is the middle child in a very large family, and suffering from the belief that she's no good at anything, as well as sadness at the fact that the Lloyds are leaving the beauty of their mountainside cottage for a butchery in the town. But once there, she befriends the mysterious Llewelyn family who live in a renovated chapel; Emlyn and his artistic father. Feeling her worth for the first time when amongst them, Nia ignores the warnings from her family that are used to begin the book:

"Don't go into Llewelyn's chapel!" they told Nia. 'No good will come of it. Something happened there!' But Nia disobeyed. If she hadn't, nothing would have changed. She's still be plain Nia, dull Nia, Nia who couldn't do anything!"

From this meeting flows the rest of the novel; beautifully written to explore issues such as loneliness, self-worth, family and relationships, in a story filled with missing mothers, mysterious children and hidden orchards of icy-cold flowers. I can't help but compare it favourably Harry Potter; whilst the world of magic is central to the "Harry Potter" series, magical workings are on the periphery here and so appears more mysterious and unknown. Don't get me wrong, I love the "Harry Potter" books, but Nimmo's subtle treatment of magic and her concentration on the more human elements of the novel is wonderful (and somewhat ironic considering her latest novels "Children of the Red King" are obviously inspired by the success of Harry Potter and not nearly as good as this previous trilogy).

The best thing about the trilogy is that although each one is a separate story, similar themes, storylines and character arcs are present throughout all three. Therefore, though the disappearance of Bethan was resolved in the first book, it is not completely forgotten here and her backstory and continuing influence plays a major part in `Emlyn's Moon'. Likewise, the malevolent force that was halted in `The Snow Spider' will not finally be put to rest until the third book `The Chestnut Soldier', though it does not impinge on the action here. The overriding theme throughout all books is one becoming increasingly rare in children's fiction; that of the family unit and its power. Therefore, as Gwyn managed to heal his immediate family in the previous book, it is now up to Nia to mend the rift between Gwyn and his cousin's families.

The family is not presented as a difficult, cruel environment, nor as an overly comfortable, too-good-to-be-true unit, but realistically, with all the messy, busy, bickering, stable familial bonds you'd expect in real life. Since the books were first published in the eighties, perhaps some of the language and family roles may feel a little dated, but no one can fault them for their realism and familiarity. The families aren't perfect, but they are worth fighting for.

The books can best be compared with Susan Cooper and Lloyd Alexander, both of whom instigated the use of Welsh legends as the basis for their books ('The Dark is Rising` sequence and `The Chronicle of Prydain`). `The Snow Spider' trilogy is sadly not as popular as either of these books, but they are well worth the effect of finding. Delicately written and with touching illustrations by Joanna Carey, `Emlyn's Moon' is a book that should be on every child's bookshelf, along with the rest of the trilogy.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting and Heartwarming!! A Charming Tale for Young Readers 19 Jan 2007
By Amy Aldrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Emlyn's Moon is the second book in The Magician Trilogy (the first book was The Snow Spider), which draws from Welsh mythology. We rejoin Gwyn two years after the events of the first book, he has learned that his is a wizard (a legacy from his family line), but this story doesn't focus so much on Gwyn...his best friend Alun's family is moving into town. His father was never much of a farmer and has his heart set on being the town butcher. In this move Nia, the middle child of the Lloyd clan becomes somewhat displaced and winds up befriending Emlyn Llewelyn (who it turns out is Gwyn's cousin) and visiting with him in his strange lighthouse home...which she was warned not to do....something happened there she's told by her father and Gwyn's father, but no one will elaborate and when she meets Emlyn's father, he seems nice enough...she can't understand and continues to go there despite the warnings.

As the story sets out, Nia is called plain Nia, dull Nia, Nia who couldn't do anything by her siblings and for much of the story this is the opinion she holds of herself...it is through her friendship with Emlyn and his father that she begins to see that she CAN do something and that she has talent outside of being the middle child of a large family...and outside of that she realizes that she must facilitate a reconciliation between Emlyn an Gwyn AND between Emly's family and Gwyns. The first 1-3 of the book is set up for the adventure that begins in the middle and wends it way to an exciting and heart-warming conclusion. As with the Snow Spider, it is children who ultimately set things right and being some measure of peace and tranquility to families that have been fractured and at odds for a very long time and in the end, Nia finds where she truly belongs as well. Finding a sense of self and new found confidence in who she is and what she can do, a strong and powerful message for all readers! Simply Delightful!

I do want to point out that Emlyn's Moon isn't just another Harry Potter knockoff (especially given that these are reprints of books published in the early 80's), here magic is integral but secondary and more subtle...it's more unknowable and mysterious...the REAL focus in the Magician's trilogy are individual struggles, quests to find self and most especially about family. A common occurrence in many children's books is family that is absent or so un-nurturing and supportive as to be abusive, putting the child hero of the story out on his own without any support...but these are not dressed up Cinderella stories...these are family dramas every bit as much as they are individual struggles. I love that family here is neither absent or abusive, nor is it fairy tale perfect, the adults and children alike are full of faults and mudding through life as best as they can and then magic comes into the picture and the struggles are still there, people are still not perfect, but there is a little bit of magic in the world and it's amazing! This series, and this book especially is one of the best children's book I've read in the last three years! I give Emlyn's Moon five big stars AND two thumbs up, these books should be read and loved by generations of children!! So what are you waiting for, get out and get yourself a copy and enjoy it!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good Books 12 May 2007
By Seafayer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My grand daughter just loves this book and all of the trilogy. She is only 7, but can't wait to read more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Word of Warning and Clarification 24 Oct 2011
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Most of the reviews of and comments about "The Magician Trilogy" mention "Harry Potter", (because, well, it's "Harry Potter"), and the Charlie Bone series, (because it's also by Nimmo and it's very much like Potter). Be warned that "The Magician Trilogy" is not anything like those other two sets.

There is no wizarding world, there is no "magic system", there are no spells or incantations. In this series there may be old magic in the hills, and in the memory; there may be mystery in the bones of the earth or the bright eyes of unusual birds; the fog may bring passing enchantment with it on particular nights; but this is not wand waving magic.

These books are moody, indirect and ambiguous, like the old tales themselves. That's certainly not a bad thing, but I would hate to have someone disappointed by this wonderful series because they expected Hogwarts magic and cleverness.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Magician Trilogy 13 July 2007
By Sailor Amphibia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This review is for all three books in Jenny Nimmo's Magician Trilogy (The Snow Spider, Emlyn's Moon, and The Chestnut Soldier).

Jenny Nimmo's writing style is very powerful, and her characters come to life as you read these books. The descriptions of locations (people's houses, the Welsh countryside, the town, the school) are so vivid that you can immediately picture yourself there. These books have a few scary parts, but the endings are very positive and satisfying.

These books are recommended for anyone who enjoys fantasy or Welsh mythology. Similar books include Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising Sequence and Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles.
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