Someplace to be Flying - Newford, Bk 5 Author:Charles de Lint Native American legends meld with modern life in a riveting urban fantasy involving normal human beings and the city of Newford's oldest residents, the "animal people". Meet Hank the brave gypsy cab driver who knows those slums all too well, whose life collides in a brutal incident with that of Lily, a photojournalist ... more »in the wrong place at the wrong time, who's in search of the "animal people" who supposedly haunt the city's darkest slums.
And meet the much-beloved crow girls, who will leave an indelible mark on your soul. One night, in a brutal incident, their lives collide -- uptown Lily and downtown Hank, each with a quest and a role to play in the secret drama of the city's oldest inhabitants. For the animal people walk among us. Native Americans call them the First People, but they have never left, and they live disguised among us. And they claim the city for their own.
Coyote the Trickster, wily, dangerous, and utterly compelling. Jackdaw the storyteller, nursing the secret wounds of tragedy. Raven, guarding the pot that holds the birth and destruction of life itself. The unpredictable Fox, the deadly Cuckoos, the Wolves that prowl city streets. And the Crow Girls, two charming young punks who delight in mischief, gossip, thievery...and who are much, much more than they seem. Not only have Hank and Lily stumbled onto a secret, they've stumbled into a war. And in this battle for the city's soul, nothing is quite as it appears.
Once upon a time, at the beginning of the world, there were only the animal people....
Someplace to Be Flying is set in Newford and environs, and is steeped in corvid (crow family) mythology -- a Trickster tale involving Raven and Coyote, and a flock of punky "crow girls" on modern city streets, detailing the effect of their presence on a group of ordinary people.« less
"Hank just wanted away from here. He'd sampled some hallucinogens when he was a kid and the feeling he had now was a lot like coming down from an acid high. Everything slightly askew, illogical things that somehow made sense, everything too sharp and clear when you looked at it but fading fast in your peripheral vision, blurred, like it didn't really exist." Fans of Emma Bull and Terri Windling (as both an editor and an author) will enjoy de Lint. He can make you believe "as many as six impossible things before breakfast.