Eyes Like Leaves
Eyes Like Leaves
Tachyon Publications, Paperback, 9781616960506, 320pp.
Publication Date: January 16, 2012
Taking a delightful departure from his more common urban-fantasy settings, this epic tale from acclaimed author Charles de Lint weaves elements of Celtic and Nordic mythology while bringing sword and sorcery to the forefront. Summer magic is waning in the Green Isles, and the evil Icelord is encasing the lands in a permanent frost while coastal towns are pillaged by snake ships. Mounting one last defense against the onslaught, a mysterious old wizard instructs his inexperienced apprentice in the art of shape-changing. Mercilessly pursued by the Icelord's army, this newfound mage gathers alliesa seemingly ordinary young woman and her protective adoptive familyand they flee north in a desperate race to awaken the Summerlord. Time is running short for the Summerborn, especially when a treacherous family betrayal is discovered.
"De Lint's greatest skill is his human focusthe mythic elements never overshadow his intimate study of character. To read de Lint is to fall under the spell of a master storyteller, to be reminded of the greatness of life, of the beauty and majesty lurking in shadows and empty doorways." Quill & Quire
De Lint is a romantic; he believes in the great things, faith, hope, and charity (especially if love is included in that last), but he also believes in the power of magicor at least the magic of fictionto open our eyes to a larger world.” Edmonton Journal
"One of the most gifted storytellers writing fantasy today." Locus magazine
"Mr. de Lint's handling of ancient folklore to weave an entirely new pattern has never, to my knowledge, been equaled." Andre Norton, author, Elvenbane
"There is no better writer now than Charles de Lint at bringing out the magic in everyday life." Orson Scott Card, author, Ender's Game
"World Fantasy Award-winner de Lint dusts off an enchanting epic fantasy written in 1980 but never published. . . . His nascent poetic style evokes beautiful imagery." Publishers Weekly
"This is classic high fantasy, written and revised by a master. . . . It is a must for de Lint completists and, actually, for all high-fantasy and folkloristic fiction fans." Booklist
"This traditional fantasy . . . bears de Lint's characteristically lyrical prose and hypnotic storytelling. Filled with Celtic lore and wonderfully drawn characters, this standalone epic should please the author's many fans and lovers of medieval fantasy." Library Journal