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Publisher Comments:

Minda Sealy is afraid to go to sleep, for when she does she is trapped inside the same terrible, dark nightmare. Over and over it happens, until she is ragged and raw. Then, one night, she dreams she is somewhere else — walking a high, peaceful moor. There she meets Jan, the "heart of the moors," who has been imprisoned by Ildran the Dreammaster — the same being who controls Minda's nightmares.

In exchange for her promise to free him, Jan gives Minda three things: a new name, Talenyn, meaning "Little Wren"; a pouch of pebbles that can function as a gate between worlds; and an acorn pendant that will keep the evil Ildran from invading her dreams.

Minda sets out the very next night, leaving the safety of her old life to begin a journey from world to world, a journey both to save Jan and to solve "the riddle of the Wren" — which is the riddle of her very self.

Review:

"A tale of high fantasy that reaches out almost spell-like to entwine about, and entrance, the imagination." Green Man Review

Review:

"Mr. de Lint's handling of bits of ancient folklore to weave into an entirely new pattern has never, to my knowledge, been equalled. This is one of those books which one reads first in a gulp and then rereads with closer attention to savor the fine flavor." Andre Norton

Review:

"Charles de Lint is a folksinger as well as a writer, and it is that voice we hear in Riddle of the Wren, both new and old, lyric, longing, touched by magic." Jane Yolen

Synopsis:

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 to world, both to save Jan and to solve "the riddle of the Wren"-which is the riddle of her very self. The Riddle of the Wren was Charles de Lint's first novel, and has been unavailable for years. Fans and newcomers alike will relish it.

Synopsis:

Minda Sealy is afraid of her nightmares until the night she meets Jan, Lord of the Moors, in a dream. He promises her freedom from fright if she can solve the riddle of the Wren. This de Lint novel will delight his fans as it has been unavailable for years.

About the Author

Charles de Lint is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of many widely acclaimed novels and short-story collections, including Moonlight and Vines, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and Waifs and Strays. He lives with his wife — kindred spirit, fellow musician, and artist — MaryAnn Harris, in Ottawa, Canada. Visit his website at www.charlesdelint.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142302231
Publisher:
Firebird
Location:
New York
Author:
de Lint, Charles
Author:
Charles de Lint
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
Firebird
Series Volume:
no. 10
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.10x4.28x.80 in. .39 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 304 pages Puffin Books - English 9780142302231 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A tale of high fantasy that reaches out almost spell-like to entwine about, and entrance, the imagination."
"Review" by , "Mr. de Lint's handling of bits of ancient folklore to weave into an entirely new pattern has never, to my knowledge, been equalled. This is one of those books which one reads first in a gulp and then rereads with closer attention to savor the fine flavor."
"Review" by , "Charles de Lint is a folksinger as well as a writer, and it is that voice we hear in Riddle of the Wren, both new and old, lyric, longing, touched by magic."
"Synopsis" by , 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 to world, both to save Jan and to solve "the riddle of the Wren"-which is the riddle of her very self. The Riddle of the Wren was Charles de Lint's first novel, and has been unavailable for years. Fans and newcomers alike will relish it.
"Synopsis" by , Minda Sealy is afraid of her nightmares until the night she meets Jan, Lord of the Moors, in a dream. He promises her freedom from fright if she can solve the riddle of the Wren. This de Lint novel will delight his fans as it has been unavailable for years.

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