As the young student of the cruel, brilliant artist Vincent Rushkin, Isabelle Copley discovered that she could paint images so vividly real they brought her wildest fantasies to life. But when the forces she unleashed brought tragedy to those she loved, she turned her back on her talent and her dreams.Now, 20 years later, Isabelle must come to terms with the shattering memories she has long denied and unlock the slumbering power of her brush. And, in a dark reckoning with her old master, she must find the courage to live out her dreams and bring the magic back to life.This is a tale of love, courage, and the transforming power of imagination.More
"In de Lint's capable hands, modern fantasy becomes something more than escapism. It becomes folk song, the stuff of urban myth." (Phoenix Gazette)
"[B]eautifully evokes a sense of creative community, making it almost possible to believe that the rarified aesthetic atmosphere might well be capable of conjuring up a spirit or two." (Publishers Weekly)
"[M]oves gracefully through the borders between reality and imagination, weaving a powerful tale about the relationship between an artist and her work. A strong addition to fantasy collections." (Library Journal)
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A modern fairy tale with a twist!
I must admit that I do like Charles de Lints books so maybe I'm biased already. I love the characters and the way you get to know them over his Newford books - you feel they are part of your circle of friends. This is a good length book to get hooked into on a long drive.
I can't say my favourite moments as it would give some things away if you haven't read it already - SPOILERS!
I wasn't sure on Kate Readings style of narration initially but after a while she seemed so right for Charles de Lints characters - a bit quirky. I recently listened to The Mystery of Grace which made me realise that Charles de Lint without Kate Reading just doesn't seem quite right! Just a bit annoying on the mispronounciation of a few words - funny how they just jump out at you and you can't forget them
I listened to this book twice in a row - I do a lot of driving and when I finished it the first time, I just hit rewind and went through it all again.
Give it a chance - its a modern urban fairy tale which in some ways seems that it could really happen. Or maybe I've just read too many of his books!!
What a story.
Definitely. There is a lot of depth and detail in the book which would benefit from more than one read
The Outlander series by Dianna Gabaldon
A very good reader with a pleasant voice who reads fluidly She also reads according to the pace the book needs. I very much like her style of reading
It is a very long book that would be impossible to listen to in one session. However I couldn't put it down and really annoyed all my family because of the amount of time I spent listening to it. and out of touch with them .
An exciting story, well written and completely captivating.