- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First edition (July 2 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312869592
- ISBN-13: 978-0312869595
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #577,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jack of Kinrowan: Jack the Giant-Killer and Drink Down the Moon Paperback – Jul 2 1999
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Jack of Kinrowan brings together two Charles de Lint novels, Jack, the Giant Killer and Drink Down the Moon to make a contemporary riff on the classic English fairy tale. Jack is a rollicking saga of wild Faerie magic on the streets of Ottawa. A menacing gang of mystical bikers in the service of evil giants spin through Ottawa, and in the process hurtle twentysomething Jacky Rowan into Faerie. The eminently plucky Jacky finds herself hailed as Jack of Kinrowan, a trickster hero whose lot it is to rescue the Elven Courts from the unimaginably evil giants. With the help of her friend Kate Hazel and handsome Celtic fiddler Johnny Faw, Jacky sets out to free the Faerie folk in this fabulous fantasy adventure. Jack, the Giant Killer won the 1988 Aurora Award, Canada's top science fiction and fantasy prize, and the two novels combined create a first-rate urban fantasy in de Lint's characteristic style, mixing traditional fantasy lore--in this case Celtic mythology--with a contemporary setting. Jack of Kinrowan ingeniously moves between the world of Faerie and contemporary Ottawa, drawing the reader into an amazing world where anything can happen. --Jeffrey Canton
“There is no better writer now than Charles de Lint at bringing out the magic in contemporary life....The best of the post-Stephen King contemporary fantasists, the one with the clearest vision of the possibilities of magic in a modern setting.” ―Orson Scott Card
“A superb storyteller..de Lint has a flair for tales that blur the lines between the mundane world and magical reality.” ―Library Journal
“You open a de Lint story, and like the interior of a very genial Pandora's box, the atmosphere is suddenly full of deep woods and quaint city streets and a magic that's nowhere near so far removed as Middle Earth.” ―James P. BlaylockSee all Product description
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Unfortunately, _Drink Down the Moon_ is a little bit of a letdown after _Jack the Giant Killer_. It's still a three- or four-star book in its own right, but it wouldn't stand very well on its own, and Jacky and Kate have too-small roles. The novel's finest moments are those in which Jacky or Kate or both are present, but in _Drink Down the Moon_, Jacky herself has become the "rescue-fodder", and center stage is taken by characters that fail to engage the reader quite as much. I had hoped to see more of Eilian as well. What I really want is for de Lint to write a third installment, in which Jacky and Kate are prominent again, and perhaps challenge the Seelie Court itself, and ask the Laird a few hard questions--like why he's always out of town when he's needed most.
The biggest, first twist is that the Jack is actually Jacky Rowan - a young woman who has just been dumped by her jerk boyfriend and is facing a crisis when she unwittingly crosses into faerie.
This is the best of Charles de Lint's fanstasy Urban Faerie work. Here the world we know lies cheek to jowl with the fantastic realm of faerie. And he makes it work so congruently, it's just great stuff. This is the writing that made his fame.
And it's a great story. Jacky and her pals are loveable, interesting people in fantastic circumstances. There are giants to be dealt with, the Unseelie court to be fought and the laird's daughter to be rescued - all against terrible odds. The pacing is very tight, signature de Lint, and it's literally a story you just can't put down until you read the last word. The second story is pretty good, too.
I'm a great fan of this author, and this is one of my all-time favorites. Five stars and a pat on the back for some excellent story-telling.
Jack of Kinrowan is actually two novellas under one cover - two adventures for the price of one, tho' I would have been happy to pay more (if necessary ;)) In these stories we meet Jacky Rowan, lost, disheveled and fresh out of a bad relationship (which she thought was pretty good) and her best friend Kate "Crackernuts" Hazel. Out of the goodness of their hearts they become emeshed in a plot to defend Ottowa's Faerie denizens from the darker, unsavory elemnts of the Boarderlands (Hey, not all Faeries are sweetness and light. Let's face it, even Tinkerbell was a little hellion for being a "good guy".).
Charles DeLint obviously loved writing this novel. It's so real (for being a fantasy) and so intriguing, one feels that he must have actually met these people, and transcribed their story. I wish there were more adventures with these plucky ladies, but, sadly, there have been none (tho' they were referenced in "Spiritwalk").
Get in touch with magic. Read this book.
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