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26 March 2008


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Oh, wow. VERY intrigued, -- or, further intrigued, I should say, by the cover, and the fact that you'd hand it to people who like The Dark is Rising?! Hmm!


I too saw the similarity to The Dark is Rising, probably because of the Celtic legend at the heart of both. And I believe fans of the earlier series will love Ysabel. What I found I loved about this book is the introduction to the bloody history of Provence. I must admit, before Ysabel, I never thought much about that area of France. Isn't that sad? And Aunt Kim rocked! So, yes, I too will be reading that other series now.

Electric Landlady

Us Canadians are stealthy.


I saw your earlier post on Ysabel and picked the book up. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the Fionvar Tapestry books are on my hold list at the library. Can't wait for them to come in.

Sheila Ruth

This definitely sounds like my kind of book! I'm going to have to add it to my TBR, which just keeps growing. Thanks for the recommendation.


Well, I'm glad you liked it :-) But I stand by my earlier comment that this book was rather disappointing from the point of view of a GGK fan. I don't know if he'll ever again write a work as stunning as the Fionavar Tapestry. You really must also check out Tigana while you're at it - it's my favourite of his novels.


Kim is his aunt?! I'm definitely going to have to move it to the top of my TBR stack.


Oh man - there are more books like this one! I am all over Fionavar Tapestry. Thanks so much for letting us know about the family link!

Oh and Tadmack - you will LOVE this!


This book is sitting in my TBR pile right now. Although I haven't started it yet, from what you've told me, the book also sounds similar to Alan Garner's The Owl Service. Anybody wanna weigh in on that?


It's much less dark than the Owl Service and has a decidedly modern feel to it.


Yeah, I read The Owl Service relatively recently (within the last twelve months, though I never did write about it), and Ysabel didn't remind me of it at all. (Way different mood, and not nearly as scary.) I can certainly see how the description would make you think of it, though.


I was thinking last night (mostly through conversation with my BFF who has a son to whom I frequently rec under the radar books) about your previous post about why this book wasn't marketed to the YA crowd instead. At first, I totally got the lack of immediacy you were talking about. there is a sense of removal from the action taking place that is distinctly not YA. But, but, but...Ned's voice is so determinedly young, true to that of a 15 year-old, even a mature one. Adult books told from the perspective of a teen are usually peppered with word usage and phrases that aren't naturally a part of the teen lexicon, but the adults reading don't notice that because they are a part of most adult's. Adult-novel teens are usually preternaturally gifted at reading the adults around him/her. Ned did neither of these things. He had only the slightest clue what was in the heads of those around him. His language and vocabulary were decidedly his own and not channeled through the adult filter. And for those reasons primarily I will go out on the proverbial limb and say this feels to me much more YA than adult. Sorry to blather on, but I just wanted to get my thoughts down. Carry on.
(oh and...possible spoiler was no one else slightly disturbed by the adult coming on to him at the end of the book? I kinda was...)

Joel Rosenberg

I hope you stand up to my middle school adoration, but I'm kind of afraid that you won't!

I'm pretty tough about some things; not to worry. :)


This post and comments have mentioned my three favorite authors: de Lint, Kay and Cooper.

I know you're going to love the entire Fionaver Tapestry collection. I've read it several times; my copy is well worn.

I've also read and collected 95% of Charles de Lint's books. He's been my favorite author for over 20 years. I'm constantly amazed at how he can pull me in, and at how his books are ageless.

Susan Cooper fans will adore both of these authors if they haven't found them yet.


Glad to hear you've discovered lots of Canadian fantasy authors. I always feel Canadian authors get overlooked by the literary community.

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