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Book reviews

by Kim Covert

Widdershins: Charles de Lint (Tor Books)
Forget the fact that both the title of this book and its cover are more Stephen King than Charles de Lint. This is definitely the work of Ottawa’s favourite urban fantasist.De Lint writes that he took on this story only because his wife and fans kept pestering him about what happens next to Jilly Coppercorn. She has gone from runaway street urchin, turning tricks for heroin, to brilliant artist, adored by humans, fairies and animal spirits alike. A car accident in a previous book left her broken, and the shadow on her soul left by sexual abuse at the hands of her brother made her impervious even to magical healing.

The Book of the Dead: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Warner Books)
The first thing readers should know about this book is that they shouldn’t read it first. Child and Preston have written a number of novels together starring these characters, and say that readers should pick up at least Dance of Death before attempting this one. This is a good thing to know. It’s not that the book is in a code that’s indecipherable without the key contained in previous novels. It’s just that anyone who picks this one up, because they liked Relic or The Cabinet of Curiosities years ago, will have the nagging feeling that these characters seem familiar, and that they should know more about them than this book lets on.

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