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The Moon of Gomrath [Paperback]

Alan Garner
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Book Description

2 Sep 2010

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…


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007127871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007127870
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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36 of 36 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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18 of 18 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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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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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Suns and Moons of Gomrath 30 May 2003
By Michael JR Jose VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
'The Moon of Gomrath' is the wild magical sequel to 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen', set in Alderley Edge in Cheshire of the present day but harking back to the days of Middlearth. Both these stories have a very Tolkienish way about them, it is an interesting exercise to compare and contrast the characters as they are introduced. It is a pity that Garner's books, faring less well than 'The Hobbit', dropped off the literary radar in the 1980's, but with the benefit of Potter power they are now back in style with new artwork on the cover.
Garner's special art is to take a basic swords-and-sorcery story and elevate it into a poetry-and-powers myth with gritty heroes and terrifying villains who hard to defeat and not always easy to spot. This story of Colin and Susan's second adventure is aimed at a slightly older audience than the Weirdstone, has Susan in the lead role, and has more depth and menace along with some sly humour. The Morrigan is back, not yet at the height of her powers, but ready for revenge. The elves are suffering and dying from the pollution caused by Man: they must retreat to cleaner, remoter places. The battles in magic and swordplay are more deadly and more personal and more realistic. The havoc and hard pace of war are felt in the prose, which is breathless and a little wild itself. The wizard Cadellin takes more of a back seat in this adventure but he does explain why the coming of the 'Age of Reason' and industrialism was more of a coming of the age of Materialism and a retreat from Reason. Hence the great rift between our Man's world of material values, and the worlds of magic and the life of the spiritual values.
Now as every parent knows, children's books have the power of forming the child's mind.
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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Moderate follow up
Alan Garner's follow up to The Wierdstone Of Brisingamen is good and has the same atmospheric style. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Craieg Large
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay!
Not as good as the weird stone of Birnsingham!
Was a bit scary and very good.
A bit scary so 8 +
Published 2 months ago by Sinkers
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful fiction for all ages
I first read this book when I was much, much younger but it was every bit as enjoyable this time round. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Colin Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Gomrath
Once again the action is fast and furious. Colin and Susan are between myth and magic but there is a titanic struggle between good and evil. A fantastic read. Enjoy.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Barbara Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Moon of Gomrath
Excellent. I read this as a child. It is a mix of magic, myth and imagination that takes you from the dull and mundane into another world. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ursula Osborne
3.0 out of 5 stars The Moon of Gomrath.
It took some following - but I did read it to the end. Sometimes it lost me - but otherwise fairly good.
Published 5 months ago by david mccordall
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Enjoyable and interesting reading, but for a full effect, I would suggest reading the whole series, to really appreciate this well.
Published 6 months ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Chose this as the sequal to the Wierdstone of. Brisingamen, which I loved as a kid. Really, really enjoyed it.
Published 6 months ago by Melanie
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
I have always loved this set of stories so had to get the kindle version. even as an adult it is enjoyable
Published 6 months ago by Hogarth
5.0 out of 5 stars GARNER AT HIS BEST
A VERY GOOD READ BLENDING MYTH WITH LOCAL LANDMARKS AND FOLKLORE ALDERLEY EDGE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN BRILLIANT
Published 7 months ago by Mario Fera
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