Widdershins

Widdershins

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Jilly Coppercorn and Geordie Riddell. Since they were introduced in the first Newford story, "Timeskip," back in 1989, their friends and readers alike have been waiting for them to realize what everybody else already knows: that they belong together. But they've been more clueless about how they feel for each other than the characters in When Harry Met Sally . Now in Widdershins , a stand-alone novel of fairy courts set in shopping malls and the Bohemian street scene of Newford's Crowsea area, Jilly and Geordie's story is finally being told.

Before it's over, we'll find ourselves plunged into the rancorous and sometimes violent conflict between the magical North American "animal people" and the more newly-arrived fairy folk. We'll watch as Jilly is held captive in a sinister world based on her own worst memories--and Geordie, attempting to help, is sent someplace even worse. And we'll be captivated by the power of love and determination to redeem ancient hatreds and heal old magics gone sour.

To walk "widdershins" is to walk counterclockwise or backwards around something. It's a classic pathway into the fairy realm. It's also the way people often back slowly into the relationships that matter, the real ones that make for a life. In Widdershins Charles de Lint has delivered one of his most accessible and moving works of his career.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2006.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765312853
0765312859
Branch Call Number: DEL
Characteristics: 560 pages ; 25 cm

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FindingJane
Apr 15, 2016

Reading this book out of context immediately poses problems for the reader. But Mr. De Lint has created a large enough novel so that it’s fairly easy to catch up with the action.

Jilly Coppercorn has suffered a terrible accident which has left her in a wheelchair. She is ambulatory but gets fatigued easily. Lizzie is in a Celtic band but has fighter moves that enable her to take on armed fighters. Geordie is in the thrall of a faery queen. There are ancient, old and new powers on the rise gearing up for a feud that might turn into a terrible war.

Got it? All these disparate threads get wound together in a crazy tapestry involving mundane and unearthly powers in the deceptively insouciant manner that Mr. De Lint manages so well. He accomplishes the awesome task of sitting the changeling, ever-shifting world of faery alongside humanity. Fair is foul and foul is fair in both worlds, wherein an elder creature can kill another for no particular reason other than it wants its home and priests and siblings molest and destroy those who rely on them for support and love.

As always, Mr. De Lint spins his story with consummate skill, one that winds in the beauty of music and the horror of magic gone awry. If you feel that there is just a little too much of nastiness in the magical world, Mr. De Lint turns around and surprises you with its quiet pleasures, too. This novel of how a ragtag bunch get together and try to avert a war is one of epic proportions and small intimacies. Read it even if you can’t get hold of the others.

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JackieFC13
Jan 08, 2014

This book was so interesting. His imagination is boundless. I liked it a lot more than "Onion Girl".

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