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The Moon of Gomrath (Lions) 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.”
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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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The sequel proved to be a worthy, intelligent read, which continued to extend its connection with characters introduced in the earlier book and to pursue a storyline firmly rooted in local folklore and authentic Cheshire locations.
The ethics in Garner are a potent antidote to the dross and instant gratification served up for passive consumption on TV and in much lighter weight literature. Help children to read these!
Alan Garner is a wonderful story teller in a magical, folk lore'ish vein, his writing is more serious than CS Lewis, more deeply enchanting and spell binding than Tolkien.
The chapters are quite short but they keep a perfect pace for the story. There is a poetic undercurrent to AG's writing, a great appreciation of landscape and the senses.
The characters will seem dated to today's teenagers I think, coming from the early 60s, rather as CS Lewis' characters seemed to me as a youngster, but these are stories which retain their power, linking the experience of an innocent late childhood to a timeless undercurrent of magic and folklore.
Garner never falls into the fantasy/ sci first genre, yet elements of fantasy are definitely present. Firmly rooted in the landscape of rural Cheshire the trilogy transcends its settings and is a timeless classic.
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