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Jack of Kinrowan

Author: de Lint, Charles Set In . . .
 North America, Canada, Ontario, Ottawa
Genre: Fantasy
Time Frame: 2000s
Published: 1995
Description: In Jack the Giant-Killer, where magical creatures carry on a secret existence in the streets and parks of modern Ottawa, Jacky Rowan once slew giants. In this thrilling sequel, she’s tricked then enslaved by a master of vicious, Unseelie creatures. This cruel thief is bent on to stealing his very sustenance—not only from Jackie—but from all of the Seelie faerie court. Only the Moon herself and a handsome young fiddler, unaware of Faerie and the power of his music, have the magic to set Jacky free.

This Triskell Press e-book contains a new Afterword by the author.

"The fate of the wild fairies that inhabit the modern world lies in the hands of a young Toronto fiddler named Johnny Faw and a handful of human and not-so-human companions in the newest contemporary fantasy by the author of Moonheart. This sequel to Jack the Giant-Killer amply displays de Lint's innate charm and compelling storytelling. Highly recommended." - Library Journal

"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 magic - or at least the magic of fiction - to open our eyes to a larger world." - Edmonton Journal

"Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy. Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legend—all of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint’s vivid, original world. No one does it better." - Alice Hoffman

"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. Blaylock

"Like singer-songwriter Richard Thompson - who is 'famous' (at least among his dedicated cult following) for 'contemporizing' traditional songs of highwaymen and abandoned lovers with tunes featuring motorcycle hoodlums and burnt-out hippies - Charles de Lint writes stories that recast Celtic folk tales in modern urban settings. In contrast to Thompson's unrelenting dark view of humanity's baser instincts, de Lint still believes in fairy tale endings in which heroes and heroines triumph over evil.
"Unlike traditional fairy tales, de Lint's heroes (at least the human ones) are more richly characterized, achieving self-realization of untapped capabilities achieved through their trials in a fay world that co-exists with familiar landscapes. If human intervention in Faerie saves the day for goodly sprites, then recognition of other spheres of existence helps improve the individual human spirit." - SF Site
  
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