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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen [Paperback]

Alan Garner
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Book Description

7 Jun 1999

A tale of Alderley

When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, they are saved by the Wizard. He takes them into the caves of Fundindelve, where he watches over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights.

But the heart of the magic that binds them – Firefrost, also known as the Weirdstone of Brisingamen – has been lost. The Wizard has been searching for the stone for more than 100 years, but the forces of evil are closing in, determined to possess and destroy its special power.

Colin and Susan realise at last that they are the key to the Weirdstone’s return. But how can two children defeat the Morrigan and her deadly brood?



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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; (Reissue) edition (7 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006742939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006742937
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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“Marvellously exciting… Alan Garner is at his best writing of night and dark water… the story is ferocious and deeply felt.”
New Statesman

“Briskly adventurous yet ripe with wonder, exciting and imaginative.”
Northern Echo

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When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderly Edge, they are saved by the Wizard. He takes them to the caves of Fundindelve where he watches over their enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights.

But the heart of the magic that binds them – Firefrost, also known as the Weirdstone of Brisingamen – has been lost. The Wizard has been searching for the stone for more than 100 years, but the forces of evil are closing in, determined to posses and destroy its special powers.

Colin and Susan realise at last that they are the key to the Weirdstone’s return. But how can two children defeat the Morrigan and her deadly brood?


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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real or Fantasy? Legend or reality? 29 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I first read this book when I was in my early teens. It was great to find a similar read to the Lord of the Rings, but one with quite a unique difference.
The story is in the Tolkein tradition (who presumeably wrote following someone else's tradition), a great storyline that you can get your teeth into as it rises, but overall the fascinating thing about the book was that everything happens in a real place!
All the geographical points of interest in the book are there in reality, and there was nothing better for me as a child to find these from Alan Garner's maps in the book.
It was such a great explorative exercise for me! Then not only for me but for others as they heard me talk about my trips out to Alderley Edge. They would hurriedly re-read the book prior to going there in case they missed something.
It is such a literary treasure hunt, the educational value of which cannot be underestimated. Fantastic Alan!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal with a Wienholts Pie 21 Feb 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
I had the books read to me as a child and rediscovered them in my teens. Garners books are so much better than Potter and unlike Tolkien they actually bring the story into your own world. And despite the at times over flowery prose its so well wriiten that you cant put the books down. And with the audio books, I was able to keep a carful of nephews and nieces quiet all the way from Stockport to Bedfordshire and back a week later. Alderley Edge is a real place and very much part of my own life, I could identify with the characters and to this day I regularly visit Alderley Village buy lunch (try the steak pies) at Wienholts and wander around the edge looking for the places from the book. All we need now is the TV/Movie. My one gripe is that the ending of the second book (Moon of Gomrath) Cries out for a third part, even leaves lots of hints, yet it never came.
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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping adventure story 14 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the book that first got me hooked on reading. Our teacher read the first couple of chapters to a class of spellbound 9 year olds, then shut the book up and told us to read it ourselves if we wanted to find out what happens. We all did.

Whilst Weirdstone is far from Garner's best work, it is a gripping adventure story and a real page-turner. There are also hints, in certain passages, of Garner's developed style (he went on to produce two of the best ever works of 20th century fiction - Red Shift and the Stone Book Quartet.)

I've been waiting 8 years to read Weirdstone to my own children and I am pleased to say that they are enjoying it as much as I did all those years ago.

Two brief comments on its suitability for the Harry Potter generation. Firstly, in the opinion of my children, it is a much much scarier book than the Potter stories. Secondly, Garner includes some local dialect in the book which may be difficult for younger readers.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than I remembered! 5 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
In my last year at primary school, my teacher used to spend the last hour or so on friday afternoons reading aloud to the class. He introduced us to this fantastic book and the memory of friday afternoons enthralled in this story are one of my fondest from my school years. I'm now 32 and bought this book to read again and the memories came flooding back. It's even better as an adult and I can't wait until my children are old enough to read it too.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fact, Fantasy and Legend, brilliant. 16 April 2006
Format:Audio Cassette
Combinng elements of fantasy, a factual landscape and an ancient lengend (that does exist, not a mere creation of Garners), the author writes with great fluency and creates fantastic characters. The secret about Cadellin and Grimnir at the end of the book nearly gave me a heart attack sheer drama. If it can do this to a 18 year old just imagine how exciting this book will be for young children! Well worth a read whether you are 7 or 70, fully recommended
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic childrens book for all ages 29 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book takes you into the world of wizards and goblins. It is the type of book where you wish that you were involved in these adventures, it has a timeless attraction that makes you want to read it time and time again, even when you are no longer a child. An amazing book that every child should be encouraged to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plunging the depths of ancient memories 28 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
Have you ever been to Alderley Edge? Read this book and you will be transported there, the high hill black and somber... Visit Alderley Edge and you will be transported into the events and deeds of 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen'. Alan Garner instills a vision that connects the world of old dreams with our day to day lives. The book is fantastic. The audio tape although abridged is great for the car.
spellbinding...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best fantasy books 'EVER' 4 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
I read this as a child and was totally enthralled. going on to read the moon of gomrath. the fact that it is set in 'real' places adds to the magic. it cleverly links old legend with modern life and a childrens adventure and proper writing(unlike the potter series). It started me on the road to the hobbit and lord of the rings trilogy and a life enjoying fantasy fiction. as a child i related to the charactors and felt part of the story and not just a spectator. excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
fabulous and gripping. Perfect
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful slice of childhood
Mr Leslie Hayton, Fellgate Junior School, Jarrow, circa 1980/81. It is because of this book that I will always remember you. Read more
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This truly must be one of my all-time favourite books.....just so - un - put - down-able.....
Wonderful innocent story for young and old.....
Published 20 days ago by goose
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book of this genre ever
Many years ago I read this book, While my son was still at school. He is in his fifties now. He took it to school and gave it to his teacher to read, The teacher returned after... Read more
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I first read this book when I was eighteen (around 1982) and working in a library. Always on the lookout for good books, I read this because a colleague recommended it, saying she... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms Louise Wilford
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite book ever
I first read this book as a 7 year old and have loved it ever since. the magic and story telling provides a fantastic place to escape to (just as Colin and Susan do) and for me... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gillian Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
An unusual book-but fabulous. Great imaginative writing. Almost breathless when reading it. He has created a mystical world with characters that go on an amazing that is descibed... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martha Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Re read
I read this book as a child and enjoyed it. I still did enjoy it now, far more than any of the Harry Potter books actually.
Published 1 month ago by mg95g1rl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy
Bought this as I was listening to the third part of the trilogy and needed to remind myself of what went before. An excellent tale very well written
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising story
Great audio book has us hooked, have played on longest journeys and son doesn't want yo get out of car
Published 2 months ago by Christine Modla-Thomas
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