The harp of the Grey Rose Paperback – Nov 1985
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"Charles de Lint is one of the most gifted storytellers writing fantasy today."—Locus --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Charles de Lint (charlesdelint.com) is the author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children’s books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, White Pine, Crawford, and Aurora awards. The first book of the Wildlings trilogy, Under My Skin, won the 2013 Aurora Award for Young Adult Fiction. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. De Lint and his wife, MaryAnn Harris, a fellow artist and musician, recently released companion CDs of their original songs, samples of which can be heard on de Lint’s website. They live in Ottawa. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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We have a dark power rising to take over, deep mines abandoned by dwarves long ago, strange companions, unlikely heroes, etc. It's pretty generic fantasy with a half-hearted love story.
Cerin of course falls in love with a woman he names The Grey Rose and feels there is some terrible curse upon her. Well, it turns out he's right. He journeys to find her and saves her from what he thinks is her worst threat, but that's only the beginning.
There are elements like the magic harp she gifts him with, and some half-human or dwarf, half-beast creatures. Remind anyone of the Orukai or Hobbits? Halfbreeds anyone? There are some back stories of how Cerin's parents were cast out, Calman cursed, loves lost, etc. Ancient wars...
Nothing is very developed though. There is potential in the writing, but the plot and character variety are pretty typical fantasy. De Lint really broke away from this and found his own later. I would highly recommend "Memory and Dream," but this I could have skipped. It's typical fantasy with typical characters and a typical plot. I give De Lint credit from breaking away from this style and rising above it. What Tolkien did has been copied MUCH too often! But, I think every author has to get this out of their system before finding his or her own.