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The Chronicles of Faerie: The Hunter's Moon Paperback – May 1 2006


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  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks (May 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810992140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810992146
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Irish Canadian author’s lauded fairy fantasies are updated and introduced to U.S. fantasy readers for the first time in O.R. Melling’s Chronicles of Faerie. The first volume, The Hunter’s Moon, follows two cousins, Gwen and Findabhair, as they backpack around Ireland in search of the country’s magical past. But the girls go too far when they dare to spend the night in a known fairy mound. Finn is stolen away by the dark king of Faerie to become his bride sacrifice to the Great Worm, or Hunter. It is up to timid Gwen to rescue her intrepid cousin, and she wonders if the task will be too much the first time she catches a glimpse of the Little People at play. "Gwen quaked inside. This wild abandon…was beyond anything she could imagine…Exquisite chaos." But with the help of a fairy doctress and her handsome grandson, Gwen assembles a rag tag team of heroes determined to bring Finn back -- even if it means the destruction of Faerie itself.

Melling’s scholarship is evident. In fact, some readers may wonder why she just didn’t write a nonfiction book about Ireland’s rich folklore, as her characters often step clumsily out of the narrative to spout a factual, yet hyperbolic speech about a particular cave, lake or legendary creature. But while Melling’s writing is less successful when her characters are on this side of the Veil, her descriptions of Fairie are sweeping and romantic. Fans of writers like Midori Snyder or Clare Dunkle are sure to enjoy them. (Ages 10-15) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Starred Review. Grade 8 Up–Idealistic Findabhair and her cautious cousin Gwen have always shared a love of fantasy and hunted for a door into other worlds. The teens plan to spend their summer hitchhiking through Ireland, but when Findabhair is abducted from a barrow by the King of the Faeries himself, Gwen has to become self-reliant and overcome her fears in order to rescue her cousin. When she finds a gateway into the Faeries' world, she is unprepared for the beauty of their land, and for her cousin's decision to stay. Complicating the matter is Gwen's memory of the words from a dream: "I, too, was the Hunted and the Sacrificed." Fearing for her cousin's life, Gwen must take help in whatever form it comes to see Findabhair safely delivered from the Faerie lands. Originally published in Ireland (1992) and Canada (1993) to much acclaim, this novel is a compelling blend of Irish mythology and geography. Characters that breathe and connect with readers, and a picturesque landscape that shifts between the present and the past, bring readers into the experience. Melling's taut plotting, with its unexpected turns, moves the story quickly to a climax and leaves readers wanting more. Fortunately, this is the first book in a trilogy.–Melissa Moore, Union University Library, Jackson, TN
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 6 2003
Format: Paperback
I first read this book reluctantly for a novel study in grade 7. After finishing it I immediately went out and bought my own copy, as well as other titles by O. R. Melling. Gwen's quest in search of her cousin is a fascinating read as Melling sweeps the reader across Ireland giving a tale nothing short of epic in the eyes of a 13 year old. Now in university and studying the classics, this book is still incredible to me. I have recommended it to friends not of Irish descent who have loved it just as much as I have. It is a universal story of struggle and the right of passage for young girls in the modern world. I absolutely loved this book, and anyone who feels it is beneath them because of its target audience is robbing themselves of an excellent read. I have re-read this book countless times and still find it a joy, using it and others as a bridge between the books I have to study. Anyone looking to get teenagers interested in reading or in need of a good book to escape into should definitely give this a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Awn on Aug. 11 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book is great. i still remember when i bought it. it's about two cousins, one from canada and the other in ireland that plan a trip to visit all the mythical places in ireland. they decide to sleep in a faerie mound and begin their journey through the parallel worlds of faerie and present day ireland. Gwen can't make up her mind where she wants to be, and is torn between the two worlds, each wanting her. trouble arises when the time of the hunter's moon approaches and both worlds must join to fight to save the land of faerie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15 2005
Format: Paperback
Explore magical Ireland through the mystical modern fairy tales of Orla Melling. Prepare for adventure, intrigue and myth in this book about a girl's search for her missing cousin that captivated me as a child and still captivates me today. Gwen, a Canadian, must find her Irish cousin Fin, who is stolen into the magical worlds of Ancient Ireland. Too good to be true, a must read!
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By "lady_celegal" on Aug. 1 2002
Format: Paperback
I first read this book up to page 3 in grade 4 and then put it down. I started reading it again this year and realized all I had missed!! this is one of the most amazing books i have read. I would recomend it to people who have been(like me!) enchanted with finding another world, as Finn and Gwen did. Faeries have been my haunt for a while now and I really enjoyed this book. If only it could have been me, dancing with the Daoine Sidhe!
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You need to get the 1990s paperback version. OR Melling deleted the Canadian references in her more recently published version, and whole chapters are changed.
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