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Widdershins by Charles de Lint
Edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Cover Artist: John Jude Palencar
Review by Paul Haggerty
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765312860
Date: 12 June 2007 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

This is the book that fans of Charles de Lint's most beloved characters, Geordie Riddell and Jilly Coppercorn have been waiting for. These two have been on an approach avoidance path for far too many years. And finally the universe is going to whack them up beside the head and tell them to pay attention. Unfortunately, Charles de Lint never lets his characters take the easy path, and Widdershins is no exception. Poor Jilly was horribly maimed a few books back and her path to healing hasn't exactly worked out the way people would expect. And now she's going to have to face the worst monsters in the universe ... the ones of her own creation and that reside within her own mind. de Lint has also never been afraid to maim, mutilate, or murder his characters either, which means you'll be on the edge of your seat until the end, awaiting the unknowable future.

From official release/information:

Book Description: Jilly Coppercorn and Geordie Riddell. Since they were introduced in the first Newford story, "Timeskip," back in 1989, their friends and readers alike have been waiting for them to realize what everybody else already knows: that they belong together. But they've been more clueless about how they feel for each other than the characters in When Harry Met Sally. Now in Widdershins, a stand-alone novel of fairy courts set in shopping malls and the Bohemian street scene of Newford's Crowsea area, Jilly and Geordie's story is finally being told.

Before it's over, we'll find ourselves plunged into the rancorous and sometimes violent conflict between the magical North American "animal people" and the more newly-arrived fairy folk. We'll watch as Jilly is held captive in a sinister world based on her own worst memories--and Geordie, attempting to help, is sent someplace even worse. And we'll be captivated by the power of love and determination to redeem ancient hatreds and heal old magics gone sour.

To walk "widdershins" is to walk counterclockwise or backwards around something. It's a classic pathway into the fairy realm. It's also the way people often back slowly into the relationships that matter, the real ones that make for a life. In Widdershins Charles de Lint has delivered one of his most accessible and moving works of his career.

(Source: Tor Books)

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