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Moonheart: Twentieth Anniversary Edition [Hardcover]

Charles de Lint , Charles Vess
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

May 2005
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."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press; 25 Anv edition (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596060212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596060210
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.5 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,414,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"He shows that, far from being mere escapism, contemporary fantasy can be the deep mythic literature of our time." --"Fantasy and Science Fiction""Charles de Lint is a folksinger as well as a writer and it is this voice we hear...both new and old, lyric, longing, touched by magic." --Jane Yolen"A finely textured song of a tale of power, wonder, and suspense. Keenly felt, satisfying, fully realized, its essence lingers when the reading's done." --Roger Zelazny"Mr. de Lint's handling of ancient folklore to weave into an entirely new pattern has never, to my knowledge, been equalled." --Andre Norton"For more than a decade, Charles de Lint has enjoyed a reputation as one of the world's leading fantasists, thanks largely to his enchanting 1984 novel "Moonheart."" --Toronto "Star" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Born in Holland in 1951, Charles de Lint grew up in Canada, with a few years off in Turkey, Lebanon, and Switzerland. Although his first novel was 1984's "The Riddle of the Wren," it was with" Moonheart," published later that same year, that de Lint made his mark, and established him at the forefront of "urban fantasy," modern fantasy storytelling set on contemporary city streets. " Moonheart "was set in and around "Newford," an imaginary modern North American city, and many of de Lint's subsequent novels have been set in Newford as well, with a growing cast of characters who weave their way in and out of the stories. The Newford novels include" Spirit Walk, Memory and Dream, Trader, Someplace To Be Flying, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, "and" Spirits in the Wires." In addition, de Lint has published several collections of Newford short stories, including "Moonlight and Vines," for which he won the World Fantasy Award. Among de Lint's many other novels are "Mulengro, Jack the Giant-Killer, "and" The Little Country." Married since 1980 to his fellow musician MaryAnn Harris, Charles de Lint lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book that hooked me for life! 16 July 1999
By A Customer
10 years ago, a friend handed me a copy of MOONHEART with the command, "Read this...NOW!" I did and I've been hooked on Charles deLint ever since. Some parts of his work makes me wonder if he has a magic window that lets him see into my life. Charles is also very kind to his fans and WILL respond to email as much as he is able, which makes him one of the really good guys. Looking forward to his next book, -Forests of the Heart-
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Magical Book 14 Jan 1998
By A Customer
In Moonheart, Charles de Lint proves himself to be one of the best urban fantasy authors. This book blends Celtic & Native American folklore with "real" life situations. The narrative grabs ahold of you from the onset and never lets go. The only regret I had was when I reached the last page of the book, and I realized I had reached the end. In all, it is one of my favorite all-time stories, and one that can, and should, be read time and time again without losing its magic or flavor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban Faerie at its very best! 30 Oct 1997
By A Customer
This was the first De Lint I discovered, and I still feel that it is his finest work. His adept blending of contemporary Ottawa, music, magic, Celtic mythology as well as Native beliefs are what give this book its multi-level appeal. This novel was my first foray into the "urban faerie" sub-genre of fantasy, and led me to a number of other fine novels. If you like De Lint, I would suggest: Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
War For the Oaks by Emma Bull
Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand
and the Borderlands Series by Terry Windling and Ellen Datlow.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi Orgasmic 12 Sep 1999
By A Customer
This was the first ever Delint book I bought and I'm still not sick of reading it. This man is one of the few writers who take you along on a rythm into his tale. The writing is lyrical, taliesin is totty and the story is just plain magic. There are a lot of awfully clever ideas in here, the house spirit being just one of them. I particularly like the ordanairiness of the characters in oppose to some god awful black dressed vampire wanna be stumbling into a crypt at night and discovering elves after three spliffs and a pint, which is what some urban fantasy tends to be. if there was more stuff like this on the market, more books would sell.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book several years ago, and I think I've read it something like 20 times by now and have recommended it to countless friends. That should really say it all! The characters are wonderfully flawed and human, and there's more than enough twists to the tale to keep the reader well hooked. I recently lost most of my paperbacks in a flood; this will be the first one I replace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Fantasy books I have ever read. 30 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Moon heart is one of those books that you simply cannot put down once you have picked it up. I completely lost track of time. The storytelling was so good and the worlds are blended with such ease that anything seems real. I have read a lot of books of this genre, but rarely one this good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
As the first Charles De Lint book I discovered, Moonheart
turned De Lint into a favorite author of mine forever. His
characters are diverse and likeable, female characters are
never wimps, and he weaves mythologies of several cultures
together deftly.
I've been devouring books since I was a small child, and
my first taste of Moonheart sent me back to the bookstores,
special-ordering everything that could be acquired by De Lint.
If you enjoy fantasy fiction - the kind you can't put down,
Moonheart is a must-have!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonheart 21 Jan 1998
By A Customer
I have been looking for this treasure for years, as I let my original get away, (foolish). I did not even know if it was in print. A wonderfull book, that blends youths, on the paths of life, with the legendary world of faery. Indian shamanism to celtic beliefs, all in an inthralling story. I especially loved the gifting ring, and awe inspiring visits into the past. I am gratefull to have found it again, (as no doubt will be my friends, who have continuously asked for it since,) and will snatch it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite. One of the early urban fantasies.
An old favourite. So i re-read it through the eyes of my youth. One of the early urban fantasies. The first one I came across where a house is a character.
Published 2 months ago by Douglas Briton
5.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT buy the Kindle version
I'm leaving this as 5 stars for the story which has been a favourite of mine for a long time. I recently bought the Kindle version which has quite a few editing errors which are... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and inspiring
It's been years since I last read this. Parts of it, like Tamson House, have stayed as a comfort and a springboard in my mind. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Annie N
5.0 out of 5 stars Charles de Lint's classic Moonheart available in digital form at last!
This latest ebook from Charles de Lint is his seminal work of urban / mythic fantasy. As a bonus, it includes artwork by Charles Vess previously only available as part of a premium... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jack V. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Tamson House and the Way of the Wyrd
If you have never read Charles De Lint, you are in for a real treat. (Have you been living under a rock?) I first read Moonheart way back in the early 90's. Read more
Published 12 months ago by WitchyWoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review
Moonheart is a brilliant book ( sorry i read it many years ago ) so it was like visiting an old friend
Published 13 months ago by peter christian
2.0 out of 5 stars present
Bought at same time as "Greenmantle", again as a present. I wouldn't be able to read it.not my type of book.
But again, she liked it.
Published 13 months ago by JOHN P
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Christmas Present
I purchased this book for my girlfriend as she's a big Charles de Lint fan and collector of his books. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Stephen Mckay-salt
3.0 out of 5 stars I think I may be too British for this book
I really wanted to love this book, but sadly, I just couldn't. I think it might be because it uses Welsh myth: I grew up in Wales, and the flavour here just struck me as wrong. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2010 by Victoria Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonheart -
Probably the best book I have ever read (and I have read many hundreds). This contemporary story is cleverly intermingled with fae and fantasy in a way which is disconcertingly... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2010 by Pat P
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