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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