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The Riddle of the Wren
The Riddle of the Wren
Author: Charles de Lint
Minda Sealy is afraid of her own nightmares. Then, one night, while asleep, she meets Jan, the Lord of the Moors, who has been imprisoned by Ildran the Dream-master-the same being who traps Minda. In exchange for her promise to free him, Jan gives Minda three tokens. She sets out, leaving the safety of her old life to begin a journey from world...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780142302231
ISBN-10: 0142302236
Publication Date: 9/16/2002
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: Puffin Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
A wonderfully involving fantasy; Charles de Lint writes so well that each time I put the book down, I had to shake my head to be able to re-focus on the real world.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is Charles de Lint's long out-of-print first novel, and it shows some of the mythic elements that so delight us in his later books.

From back cover:

Let me tell you a story of Minda the Wren, traveler between worlds,
and of Jan of the erls, imprisoned in a stone.
Of Ildran the Dream-master, eater of souls,
and of Huorn the Hunter with eyes of blazing gold.
Of Grimbold the Wizard and Markj'n the Tinker,
Of Taneh the Loremistress and Sian of the High Erls,
of Cabber of the Wild Folk, and of others past numbering.

A tale of the many worlds tied together by the Gates we call Standing Stones; of the ones who pass from world to world; and of the battle that spread across them like fire.

It is a story of riddles and magic and the sond of soft piping.

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Helpful Score: 2
Outstanding fantasy story -- you'll find it a little trite in places, but there's enough twists on the standard fantasy tropes to make it a delight.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a classic DeLint Book. Based in the middle ages, not a Newford book. A time where magic is real and an everyday experience for some but just starting to fade. This book is about a young woman struggling to accept the magic inside herself. Faced with an evil force who kills in peoples dreams. She must fulfill her path to save her friends and herself.
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So far I haven't read a single book of de Lint's that I didn't love!

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