Alan Garner's exciting and atmospheric tale of magic and evil, which began with The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, continues with The Moon of Gomrath.
Colin and Susan are not safe from the evil Morrigan and once more find themselves back in Fundindelve with the wizard Cadellin.
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Bread in the Bone
Alan Garner is an author who, if you have not yet discovered his books, you should immediately take up. At first glance, they seem to be Young Adult fantasies, and I suppose that they are, strictly speaking. In addition, the earlier books (The Wierdstone of Brisingamen, The Moon of Gomrath, The Owl Service) were fist published in the 1960s, so there is a less-than-modern tone to them. Don't let that put you off.
He is closely tied to the geography and mythos of his home, and he brings that area to life as do few other authors. The landscape and the people come alive at his touch, and the otherworldly characters become an integral part of the lives in the book.
As with the best fantasy, the hidden world is interwoven with the world around us, and he gives you the sense that, if you just been there a moment earlier or later, you would have been drawn in yourself.
The reading by Philip Madoc gives you the accents (but not so thick you can't comprehend) and differentiates the characters clearly. I have to say that his voices are not far off the ones I imagined when reading. He is an accomplished actor, and the readings are as magical as the books.
I read this as a child and listening to it as an adult was wonderful.
If you are new to Garner and this little series I would advise starting with the Weirdstone of Brisingamen (the previous book) as might make better sense of this book and potentially move you more. Having said that it is a beautiful tale on it's own.
A glorious read about the power of the land and the ancient folklore of Britain all bound up in a lyrical and well written story.
Also the narrator is very good, his intonation and tone are great.
This is the second amazing book in the Weirdstone series, it follows on from the first with another amazing storyline.
I personally find it much scarier than the other one, so prepare yourself, but it?s part of what makes it such a griping listen, I strongly recommend it, especially if you liked the first one.
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