The Book of Night with Moon Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1999
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From Kirkus Reviews
Fantasy set in the universe Duane created in a YA series (Deep Wizardry, 1990, etc.). Cats are intelligent and have their own language, Ailurin; feline wizards with their human counterparts keep transit gates open and the world safe from disasters and invasions. Three New York wizards, house pet Rhiow, neurotic Saash, and dumpster resident Urruah, are detailed by the Powers That Be to repair a malfunctioning gate beneath Grand Central Station before a train accidentally gets hurled into another dimension. In the train tunnel the three battle hordes of rats and rescue a kitten, Arhu, who, though resentful and hostile, is destined to become a wizard, too. Next, the trio must travel into an alternate world of the past, Downside, to locate the gate's power source--but the locals are dinosaurs, and very belligerent. Then the investigators' human Area Advisory vanishes; they discover a magic spell written in Ailurin on an ancient Egyptian papyrus; Arhu develops a talent for seeing the future; and it becomes clear that they're being opposed by a dinosaur wizard backed by the evil Lone Power. Often intriguing, with a well-worked backdrop, but it's hard to find a logical or emotional connection between cats and dinosaurs. Still, fantasy-loving ailurophiles will curl up and purr. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
DIANE DUANE is the author of nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels, includingten books inthe Young Wizards series. Four of her "Star Trek" novels have been "New York Times" bestsellers, including "Spock's World".She lives with her husband in rural Ireland. Visit her online at www.DianeDuane.comand www.youngwizards.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Reflecting her other career as a writer of sf (she's perhaps best known for several Star Trek:TOS novels including the excellent Rihannsu subseries), and perhaps a belief in the corollary of Arthur C. Clarke's maxim "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," Duane's magic is sometimes extremely technical (I can't work out how the Gates function *at all*, though the cats can).Read more ›
Chalk it up to my love of cats, but I find it easy to step into their world. Or maybe it’s the writing. Either way, the transition is smooth. The plot unravels slowly, building to a climax that is well worth the wait. Duane’s attention to character development pays off. The reader cares what happens to the four feline wizards.
The fact that most of the characters are cats could have been reduced to the level of gimmick. This is an area where Duane’s skills as a storyteller are quite apparent. She invites you into a willing suspension of disbelief, and you happily accept. While the cats seem as "real" as people, one never forgets that they are cats. Body language, indeed. Every movement, every reaction, is true to feline behaviour.
Each of the cats has a distinct personality, which keeps the reader's interest even through the slower parts of the story. Urruah is the most entertaining, with his sardonic attitude toward just about everything. Saash is the ultra-professional, despite the fact that she has the most to lose. Rhiow functions well in her central role, giving the reader an accessible heroine. Arhu is the most riveting of the main characters. He undergoes the broadest changes, which serve as a benchmark for the developing plot.
As much as I like Ith, I find it difficult to take him seriously.Read more ›
In "The Book of Night with Moon" Duane covers a lot of ground; her central characters are all cats, and this in itself is difficult enough, given that very few authors have done this genre as well as Richard Adams did with "Watership Down." She gives us a quest, which is a very potent plot in western literature, and she gives us a rattling good urban fantasy a la Charles de Lint.
The plot is simple enough, and one that's done in a great many fantasy novels: Seemingly unstoppable evil must be faced and defeated by the hero(es) who are really just regular people (or cats) at bottom. Tolkien almost defined the genre with his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and since then, every fantasy author worth her/his salt has tried to ring an interesting change on the formula. And in fact, when it fails, this plot is just that, formulaic. But in Duane's hands this plot becomes quirky as a cat, "full of sass and vinegar" to quote Jane Yolen (from the back cover.) Feline character informs the plot, moves it and shapes it, and this is what makes the book so special.
Duane's central character, Rhiow is well drawn, and - dare I say it? - very human as well as being very feline. All of her characters, human as well as cat, are well drawn, which is one of the great pleasures of this book.
But it's Duane's craft which really makes this novel more interesting than a lot of others of its type.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
If you enjoyed Kit and Nita's adventures, you'll probably enjoy Rhiow and her team's adventures in the line of work! Read morePublished on May 29 2003 by Jennifer
Although the main stars are of the feline persuasion, even those who do not care for cats should like this series. Read morePublished on July 27 2002 by Anna MacSorley
The Book of Night with Moon is not, as some Duane fans might hope, what it sounds like. The mythical Book of Night with Moon figures prominently in some of Duane's other stories,... Read morePublished on June 25 2002
I have always loved Diane Duane's deft handling of alien characters in her books, so I wasn't surprised when she got the character of cats down pat. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2001 by Angelheart S. Jordan
This morning I was sitting in Grand Central reading Book of Night with Moon for probably the tenth time. Read morePublished on July 26 2001
I must admit, this is one of the best books I've ever read. While the Ailurin vocabulary is slightly confusing in the beginning, and there are some slightly slower parts, the... Read morePublished on July 23 2001 by Suninos
ok, how do i put this? THIS IS ONE HECK OF A BOOK!! i'll love it and if you love diane duane, this is a must! Read morePublished on July 21 2001
Diane Duane did a wonderful job on this delightful tale. It made me laugh and cry. There was a lot of thought put in these characters. Read morePublished on July 1 2001