- Paperback: 224 pages
- Age Range: 9 - 11 years
- Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; (Reissue) edition (7 Jun. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006742920
- ISBN-13: 978-0006742920
- Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.3 x 11.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,010,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Moon of Gomrath Paperback – 7 Jun 1999
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“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.”
From the Back Cover
It is the Eve of Gomrath – the night of the year when the Old Magic is aroused. Had Susan and Colin known this, they would never have lit a fire on the Beacon, thereby releasing thge uncontrollable ferocity of the Wild Hunt. Soon they are inextricably caught up in a 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…See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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.Read more ›
Robert Powell doesn't do a bad job either!
This was Alan Garner's second fantasy novel and there are two others that complete the trilogy, the first one to read being The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, and much later Boneland was the last.
My children read and re-read early paperback copies of the first two in the trilogy until those much loved books fell to pieces. So I needed to replace them with more substantial modern copies, one of which was this. But after reading Boneland from the library we never bothered with that one again.
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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