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The Moon of Gomrath [Kindle Edition]

Alan Garner
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The much-loved classic, finally in ebook.

Enthralling sequel to The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

It is the Eve of Gomrath – the night of the year when the Old Magic is aroused. Had Colin and Susan known this, they would never have lighted a fire on the Beacon, thereby releasing the uncontrollable ferocity of the Wild Hunt. Soon they are inextricably caught up in the struggle between their friend, the Wizard Cadellin, and the evil Morrigan.

The strength of their courage will determine whether or not they survive the awaiting ordeal…

Book two in the Weirdstone trilogy.



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Critical acclaim from 1963: "It is not only powerful but remarkably sophisticated." The Guardian "Weird and marvellously evocative tale of Celtic mysteries, elves, spirits and strange presences felt, mingled to make high adventure for Colin and Susan -- and peril for Susan. It is a timeless story, full of wonder and magic, terror and beauty. A fine author indeed, and perhaps one of a new generation of classics." Books and Bookmen

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Had Colin and Susan known that the Eve of Gomrath is the time of the year at which the Old Magic is most likely to be aroused, they would never have lit a fire on the Beacon. The realisation that their blaze is giving off no heat is only the last in a line of eerie discoveries, for already Susan has suffered strangely at the hands of a black and formless evil and rumour has it that the hideous Morrigan has left her haunts in the bleak northern waters to bring death and destruction to pleasanter lands.

As the elves and dwarfs come swiftly to the caves of Fundindelve, home of the wizard Cadellin Silverbrow, to seek council for the coming struggle, more fearsome forces are gathering in the woods on Alderley Edge, and they, too, are preparing for battle.

"Weird and marvellously evocative tale of Celtic mysteries, elves, spirits and strange presences felt, mingled to make high adventure for Colin and Susan – and peril for Susan. It is a timeless story, full of wonder and magic, terror and beauty. A fine author indeed, and perhaps one of a new generation of classics."
BOOKS AND BOOKMEN

"Although the story leaps and flashes along with the poetic authority of genuine folklore, the thoughtful reader could find in it a fable of our time."
THE TEACHER

"It is not only powerful but remarkably sophisticated."
JOHN R. TOWNSEND, 'Guardian'

"For fantasy and excitement and vivid imagination that seems so perfectly natural and right, 'The Moon of Gomrath' is truly a 'find'."
METHODIST RECORDER

"In this saga of wild magic Alan Garner achieves really powerful effects of beauty and terror that hold a reader well beyond the close."
THE LISTENER

"'The Moon of Gomrath' is not only powerful but full of wild and whirling adventure… the reader is drawn right into the midst of it all."
THE GUARDIAN


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 787 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007127871
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPZN3AG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alan Garner was born in Congleton, Cheshire, in 1934. His began writing his first novel at the age of 22 and is renowned as one of Britain's outstanding writers. He has won many prizes for his writing, and, in 2001 he was awarded the OBE for services to literature. He holds two honorary doctorates and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. In 2004 he co-founded The Blackden Trust http://www.theblackdentrust.org.uk/

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's fantasy that adults will enjoy 25 May 2002
Format:Paperback
I was sixteen when I first read this book, which turned out to be the sequel to another - the Weirdstone of Brisingamen - which I later read to see what I had missed.
This is the most haunting, lyrical and beautiful of children's novels. The subject matter is deeply influenced by Celtic mythology, but by introducing it into a modern setting the story gains a resonance and power that is often missing from the 'strange tale in a strange land' fantasy commonplace.
One of the best children's novels ever written.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 22 Jun. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
When I was at school, our art teacher used to read us a chapter of this per lesson - halfway though the book I found I was unable to wait a week for the resolution to a particularly cliff-hanging chapter, and dragged my mother to the shops to buy the book for myself. Even as an adult, this is one of my favourite books. Living within easy reach of Alderley Edge is a bonus. I heartily recommend any of Alan Garner's books to anyone.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, not for 4-8 year olds 14 Aug. 2007
By Me
Format:Audio CD
Amazon claims that this CD is for 4-8 year olds. It is not. The Moon of Gomrath, and its predecessor The Wierdstone of Brisinghamen, are probably best suited to 10-14 year olds. I first read them 30 years ago and the darkness of them still lurks in the corners of my memory. They are powerful, well-crafted books that hang in the mind but they are definitely not for 4 year olds even if they don't have to read it themselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not quite as strong as "Weirdstone" 10 July 2009
Format:Paperback
The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner is the second of "The Alderley Tales". The first of which I have also reviewed.

"Moon" was first published in 1963 and is still in print today. That alone would be testament to its strength - before print on demand came along books generally went out of print pretty quickly due to the cost of print runs.

However "Moon" is not quite as strong a book as it's predecessor - but given the strength of "Weirdstone" that would be a struggle. Taken on it's own merits, however, it is a very strong book.

Colin and Susan - the protagonists from "Weirdstone" - are drawn back into the otherworld and the ancient struggle between good and evil when they accidentally rouse the Old Magic, and thus the Wild Hunt, from its slumber. As enemies and allies from the previous book return and new ones appear only the children's courage will enable them to survive the ordeal - and if they don't it's likely the world won't either.

There is a depth to Garner's characters that is breathtaking. While the Wizard Cadellin is undeniably good and the Morrigan evil every other character exists somewhere inbetween. Some of the 'good' characters really get my back up - and this is quite intentional.

For example his his elves are prats. They aren't evil, they're creatures of light who fight on the side of good. But they are also arrogant, uncaring and lack empthy for humans. When you learn that they have been forced to flee to the edges of Britain because smoke pollution makes them ill you get the point but you can't help feeling it's not that much loss.

I'm conscious in this review that I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but the ending is a bittersweet thing like the best dark chocolate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Jan. 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
It is refreshing to remember that before television had assumed its current unassailable ascendancy, when children still had imaginations, there were great writers creating masterpieces of imagination. This is one of them. It and its older sibling, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, stand as outposts of true genius in a modern world filled with mediocrity. At 40 years old, it is as current as if it had been written yesterday.
Robert Powell doesn't do a bad job either!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding! 20 Nov. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
one of the few out of the many many books I read as I child that I still remember and still think is wonderful. All this series by Alan Garner stand out and deserve to be revered as classics with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Weirdstone! 10 Jun. 2012
By Hils T
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Yes, I really think it is!

I've just re-read both The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, remembered fondly from my childhood, and have reviewed them both. I found The Moon of Gomrath a much better structured story where the author's lyrical style of writing has been used to brilliant effect. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of The Einheriar, the Wild Hunt, which were wonderfully vivid - magical indeed! The landscape of Alderley Edge is still there but did not seem so dominant as it was in the first book, where I found it slightly overpowered the story. The children are better portrayed as well for me - in Weirdstone they are passengers for a lot of the story - now they are influencing events, Susan with her bracelet, in particular, has a vital role to play.

My only complaint would be the story ends so abruptly at the very climax of the story, leaving loose ends galore. Now, 30 years on, Alan Garner is to continue the story in "Boneland" to be published later this year. I do hope that publication will encourage younger readers to discover these books and to add their reviews onto Amazon - the books are, after all, usually regarded as "children's classics" even though clearly adults still enjoy them just as much!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly my favourite ever book.........
I first read this at school when I was 8 or 9, over 40 years ago now. I'd previously read Weirdstone, which I loved and which quite honestly changed my life, and yet I loved this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lanjis Liho
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel.
Very thought provoking and full of suspense. Quite a challenging read and leaves the reader wanting to find out more.
Published 1 month ago by Glenn
3.0 out of 5 stars It has a dated but it is still a good children's read
Read it as a child and revisited it 30 years. It has a dated but it is still a good children's read.
Published 1 month ago by Graham Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Possibly my favourite of this magical, classic Alan Garner trilogy. A passport to magical escapism and delight.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. R. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic
A thrilling book which will keep all readers engaged. In a category of its own this book has stood the test of time. Makes a great book to share with younger readers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pamela Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Where mythology echoes louder than story
Like with The Weirdstone of Brisingamen that came before it, The Moon of Gomrath is packed with strong imagery and years of research into old mythology and legend. Read more
Published 6 months ago by shepline
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical classic tale
Great fun story
Published 6 months ago by Christine Modla-Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved both
I read the moon of gomrath. aged twelve and bone land aged sixty two-an interesting pleasure.I loved both
Published 6 months ago by claona
4.0 out of 5 stars STill a good read
Good as I remember from when I was much younger!
Published 6 months ago by M. Bird
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 9 months ago by vicarius
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