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I don t think I realized the first time I read this book that, because of how all the ends are tied up, this was probably the final big Newford book. Charles deLint lives in a weird, wonderful world peopled by Celtic fae and Native American mythic figures Every time I read one of his books, I live there too for a while The book explores many types of relationships between friends, lovers and family It also touches on the effects of abuse and the methods of overcoming it All these serious themes are wrapped in an engaging story of bogans, faerie courts, Crow girls, music and love I find myself excited every time I see a new deLint book in the library, and this one lived up to every expectation. #READ EBOOK ò Widdershins (Newford, #11) ⚡ Charles De Lint Wikipedia This Biography Of A Living Person Needs Additional Citations For Verification Please Help By Adding Reliable Sources Contentious Material About Living Persons That Is Unsourced Or Poorly Sourced Must Be Removed Immediately, Especially If Potentially Libelous Or Harmful Charles De Lint Fantasticfiction Charles De Lint Is A Full Time Writer And Musician Who Makes His Home In Ottawa, Canada This Author Ofthan Seventy Adult, Young Adult, And Children S Books Has Won The World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, And White Pine Awards, Among Others Two upfront disclaimers One, I am not a fan of urban fantasy I think it s a real kitschy genre and I ve never been able to take it seriously Two, I never read any of the previous books in this series So, hey, if this is your thing and you ve been following these characters for a long time, my review is going to be meaningless to you Aside from those things, I just thought there were a number of problems de Lint writes really poorly There s nothing subtle in the narration at all The explanations of mystical elements are redundant, and worse, the explanations are repeated verbatim by various characters throughout the book see especially, the power of names, every SINGLE TIME names are traded or given in the story It s almost as if he has no faith in his readers to interpret things themselves or remember the ground rules for the world he sets up I also had enormous problems with the structure of this book The story is told using a combination of third person omniscient and multiple first person perspectives, which is bewildering and utterly confusing Why do certain characters warrant a first person perspective in their chapters while others don t Maybe if I d read previous entries that would make sense, but it appeared completely arbitrary to me First person points of view for Geordie and Jilly make sense as they come to grips with the feelings they have for one another, but the others were useless to me and just distracting especially with the third person perspectives sprinkled in between The first person points of view aren t even done especially well Every character has exactly the same voice They read exactly the same and have no defining quirks to let the reader know who they re listening to without the headings at the start of each chapter The resolution was also incredibly drawn out Most of the action abruptly ends about 3 4 of the way into the book and there are still over one hundred and fifty pages of loose ends to tie up This being the end of a much longer arc, maybe that makes sense, but to me, it just felt unnecessarily prolonged All that got in the way of a decent story Even a new reader can t help but hope to see Geordie and Jilly together and to finally see them overcome their personal struggles to embrace a happier life The world de Lint creates is nothing new or spectacular Christopher Golden s is remarkably similar in many respects, and in my opinion, much superior and the ideas explored are similar to the ones Gaiman presented in American Gods, but it s not horrible either You can tell a lot of work went into it s creation, it s rules and it s plausibility The greater conflict between the newer fairies and the spirits or cousins of the old world is layered in a way that has promise and is competently strung together, but arghhh the narration Mr de Lint, do yourself a favor and find a new editor Cutting out those extra narrators and focusing intightly on Geordie and Jilly would have made this a much, much better book. Ow Did I say Onion Girl the book to which this is a sequel was painful This was an order of magnitudepainful to read and experience But I thought it was a better book, and truer to the Newford canon.In this one, a fiddler accidentally makes some enemies among a bunch of trouble making boggans Unfortunately, they re part of a larger crisis in the supernatural world, and precipitate a war between the native spirits and the European fairies When Lizzie, the fiddler, gets pulled into things, her cousin has her arm broken by the boggans, and Lizzie calls her friend Geordie to fill in, who brings Jilly permanently crippled by the car accident with him All of them are pulled into the crisis.The book is full of major crises and resolutions good and evil, prejudice and bigotry, love and hate, and growth and stagnation Jilly confronts the root of her childhood trauma, and is forced to deal with it directly, at the same time that her friends, coming to rescue her, are completely derailed by the oncoming war.This was a powerful book, and had a lot to say about how people deal with each other their expectations and reality, and their willingness to grow and move on. A real grab bag that ll reward youif you ve read some of the earlier Newford stories Why Because the cast of characters is rather large, some have backstories or baggage introduced in past stories Regardless of whether you ve read other Newford stories, you ll need to pay attention to all of the characters because it s not so easy to predict who is going to be part of the action That s part of the fun here this cast of major and minor players really moves around Their adventures are unpredictable with a few story driving exceptions Charles de Lint brings together archetypes and bit players from fairy tales, fables, North American, Native American and other legends to pull off this complicated set of stories within stories He also interweaves the perspective of touring folk musicians all the way down to who s working the merchandise table, setting some of the scenes at gigs and formatting the book with section titles that borrow from traditional music It s a busy book that wont be a favorite read for everyone, if you re looking for a little Newford taste test, take a dip with Our Lady of the Harbour Newford, 1 or Timeskip, or to start someplace aside from Newford that ll sorta still get you prepped for this one, maybe try The Wind in His Heart. de Lint has come up with a really interesting background for the story, about a kind of war between the Native American spirits and the Celtic fae immigrants This could be a neat way to explore the appropriation that especially occurs in genre fiction all the time which results in a lot of Celtic driven urban fantasy Unfortunately, it looks like haven t finished it yet the main focus is going to be on whether or not the human characters can find lasting luuuuuuuv, and.that s not really very interesting to me Also, the ending yes I checked it already, I always do looks terrible I liked Onion Girl quite a lot, Spirit in the Wires not so much, and I think after this I might got back to earlier de Lint books if I want a Newford fix.ETA It got better as I went along altho the question about the buffalo spirits was a big plot hole It wasn t quite as wholly focused on Jilly and Geordie as I feared, and I liked Anwatan The parts with Jilly in the pocket world house were moving. Thank you, Charles De Lint, for this book Not only was it funny, it was also scary, and heartwarming, and oh so full of magic If Onion Girl made you feel deeply depressed I did , than this book is the Anti depressant Read your fill, and you ll come out ahead I promise. This is the closest de Lint has come to writing a sequel to any of his Newford novels it takes place two years after the events in The Onion Girl and finishes Jilly s story Still, it isn t absolutely necessary to have read The Onion Girl first de Lint does a decent job of catching new readers up.As with The Onion Girl, the thing that takes me the most by surprise is that the returning characters hold less interest than the new characters for me I was involved with Lizzie from her very first chapter as narrator, but it took until mid way through the book for me to particularly care what was happening with Jilly and Geordie even though when they were new characters in the stories in Dreams Underfoot they were two of my favorite characters Part of it may simply be that I m tired of de Lint s descriptions of his regular characters Jilly is always messy, petite, with masses of tangled hair and a perpetual smile, which is a great description the first time you see it in a short story, but by the time she s been the focus of two novels and appeared in dozens of other stories the description is getting rather hackneyed The same goes for Geordie, Joe, and Cassie in Widdershins I ve just heard them described way too many times by now and it s always exactly the same no matter what other character is describing them.Still, by halfway through I was invested in all of the characters with the exception of Galfreya who seemed like a wasted viewpoint , and the story was moving along briskly Then the other major problem with Widdershins became apparent de Lint simply had too many moving pieces in this novel By the halfway point the plot felt poised on the brink of the climax buffalo cousins living and dead had massed in between and had brought out the war drums and everyone else was scrambling to find some way to stop it I could feel the tension permeating the novel until that was followed with over 100 pages of jumping from viewpoint to viewpoint to get all the characters who needed to be there in position, which totally wrecked the tension, so that by the time the showdown occurred I was totally taken out of the story Pacing is commonly a problem with novels that have such large casts of viewpoint characters, and de Lint does not overcome it here.Still, despite those two fairly sizable issues, I liked Widdershins better than The Onion Girl It does conclude Jilly s story happily, it introduces us tocousins always my favorite parts of de Lint stories , and despite the pacing issues it hasaction than The Onion Girl did,jeopardy for everyone involved, so it feels like arounded out novel Definitely recommended for de Lint fans. A sweet and charming fantasy, this rather hefty volume is in many ways a lighter version of Neil Gaiman s classic American Gods It is lighter in tone, beingof a romance than a horror tale, and lighter in impact as well American Gods haunted my thoughts and dreames for weeks after I finished it Widdershins has almost entirely faded from my conscious slightlythan 24 hours after I read the last page.This is not meant to be dismissive I enjoyed de Lint s story and universe thoroughly and am quite likely to re read this book in the future or to dip into others of his Newford books But there were only a few points at which I felt that the story might not end well I can t saywithout spoilers whereas American Gods kept me guessing about resolutions from beginning to end.The story is like American Gods in that it brings together ancient spirit beings from a number of mythologies and puts them together along with humans from the current age Not all humans can see or admit they see the spirit beings but they are thoroughly a part of our post modern world nonetheless.The human characters are sympathetic without exception the spirit beings nearly so We find redemptive qualities even in the most antagonistic of the latter Still, even with the quality of mercy being unstrained, raw justice is also applied and it is left to the reader to decide which issatisfying.I should add that I found one aspect of this book frustrating, similar to my reaction to the previously reviewed Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay the set up to the world of the book seems too long Can these modern fantasy authors really not find better ways to jump into the story and provide us with necessary backstory interwoven into the adventure I don t remember this as a problem with Tolkein, for example.