Widdershins : Newford

  • by Charles de Lint
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • Series: Newford
  • 20 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ever since Jilly Coppercorn and Geordie Riddell were introduced in de Lint’s first Newford story, "Timeskip", back in 1989, their friends and readers alike have been waiting for them to realize that they belong together. 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.

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What the Critics Say

“As familiarly as though he were chronicling the lives of old friends, de Lint spins yet another magical story of the intersections between reality and the faerie and spirit world in this latest addition to the Newford opus, his twin loves of storytelling and music-making shining through every page....Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
“De Lint weaves the individual characters' stories into a tight-knit whole, accompanied by music, love, pugnacity, frustration, and healing. Many of his faithful readers see the people he has created as kin they want to keep up with. Walk widdershins (i.e., counterclockwise) once and you may, too.” (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Awesome urban fantasy

I keep wanting to call this book 'fun', but it deals with some incredibly dark issues. It does that well, and balances the dark elements out with quirky characters and fantastic, surreal imagery. The concept of friction between the native magical peoples of Europe and the America is an interesting one, as well. There are a lot of things in this book that could've been hilariously bad or offensive, but were very well dealt with and made it better for that. Good narration, too.

The only negative is the constant, overwhelming fuzzy-wuzzy 'friends are family and we look out for each other, and together we can get through anything'. It's a nice moral to the story, sure, but it's just constantly forced down your throat. The book also felt like it was maybe the second in a series (that or the characters all just have immensely rich backstories which get referred to a lot). I'll have to look into that. It's not a negative, just something to note.

Overall, great fairy tale.
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- NYChic

superb

brilliant story well read. charles de lint is a superb crafter of urban fantasy novels and this keeps you listening from start to finish
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- Philip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-06-2010
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.