Book Review of The Riddle of the Wren

The Riddle of the Wren
The Riddle of the Wren
Author: Charles de Lint
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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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.

Listen . . .