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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,498 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles de Lint Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Newford Series Release Date:
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Ever since Jilly Coppercorn and Geordie Riddell were introduced in de Lint’s first Newford story, “Timeskip,” back in 1989, their friends and readers alike have been waiting for them to realize that they belong together. 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 the most accessible and moving works of his career.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] pleasing addition to the popular Newford saga…inevitably recalls Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, to which this more intimate and folksy book compares favorably.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As familiarly as though he were chronicling the lives of old friends, de Lint spins yet another magical story of the intersections between reality and the faerie and spirit world in this latest addition to the Newford opus, his twin loves of storytelling and music-making shining through every page...Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “De Lint weaves the individual characters’ stories into a tight-knit whole, accompanied by music, love, pugnacity, frustration, and healing. Many of his faithful readers see the people he has created as kin they want to keep up with. Walk widdershins (i.e., counterclockwise) once and you may, too.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Widdershins is easily one of de Lint’s best books…an excellent, heartfelt read that delivers a satisfying conclusion. De Lint fans would be foolish to miss this book, and urban fantasy readers will find a lot to enjoy here.”

    SFSite.com

  • “De Lint is a master stylist, and the tale of Jilly and Geordie’s slow but inevitable coming together is told with extraordinary sensitivity and grace.”

    Romantic Times Bookclub (4.5 star review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer Uhlich | 2/20/2014

    " My airplane book this last trip. I've read de Lint's stuff before, and while it's entertaining, as with so many otherwise solid works of fiction the prose just feels a little thin, the characters sometimes spilling into Mary Sue land. I like my prose buttery! Take the long road to the finish! Also a personal hangup: for some reason it always makes me cringe when characters describe themselves, or are described, in more pop-cultural terms . . . when they think about bands they like by name, or describe themselves as bohos or skateboarders, that sort of thing. I feel squirrelly just thinking about it. Makes my teeth hurt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abby | 2/16/2014

    " Widdershins was the second book I read by Charles de Lint, and it was a good book, but I found myself disenchanted with the ending. (view spoiler)[I know that the stories are kind of fairy-tale-esque, but it's such a clean ending: all the bad guys die, all the good guys live and get together; even the two who were killed end up coming back to life. (hide spoiler)] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shawna | 2/16/2014

    " Fun read if you like urban fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JooLee | 2/6/2014

    " : ) perfect. "

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About the Author
Author Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint has helped to popularize the genres of urban fantasy and mythic fiction and has earned a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction in the tradition of storytellers like John Crowley, Jonathan Carroll, Alice Hoffman, Ray Bradbury, and Isabel Allende. Many of his novels, including  Dreams Underfoot, Memory and Dream, The Onion Girl, and Widdershins are set in the mythical North American city of Newford. He and his wife, artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.