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Publisher's Summary

Ever since Jilly Coppercorn and Geordie Riddell were introduced in de Lint’s first Newford story, "Timeskip", back in 1989, their friends and readers alike have been waiting for them to realize that they belong together. Now, in Widdershins, a stand-alone novel of fairy courts set in shopping malls and the Bohemian street scene of Newford's Crowsea area, Jilly and Geordie’s story is finally being told.
Before it’s over, we’ll find ourselves plunged into the rancorous and sometimes violent conflict between the magical North American “animal people” and the more newly arrived fairy folk. We’ll watch as Jilly is held captive in a sinister world based on her own worst memories—and Geordie, attempting to help, is sent someplace even worse. And we’ll be captivated by the power of love and determination to redeem ancient hatreds and heal old magics gone sour.
©2006 Charles de Lint (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“As familiarly as though he were chronicling the lives of old friends, de Lint spins yet another magical story of the intersections between reality and the faerie and spirit world in this latest addition to the Newford opus, his twin loves of storytelling and music-making shining through every page....Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)
“De Lint weaves the individual characters' stories into a tight-knit whole, accompanied by music, love, pugnacity, frustration, and healing. Many of his faithful readers see the people he has created as kin they want to keep up with. Walk widdershins (i.e., counterclockwise) once and you may, too.” ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 01-30-13

engrossing characters and plot depth

An ongoing De Lint character, Jilly, has further adventures after Onion Girl with the fantastical characters of Faerie and her love of music, art, and Geordie.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By L. Tagrin on 03-30-14

You don't need to read the prequels

Would you listen to Widdershins again? Why?

I will probably listen to it again in about a year. It's the kind of story that will reveal additional depths after one has fully absorbed the first reading.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a wonderfully complex story interweaving European and Native American mythos which makes you really care for many of the characters.

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard this narrator before. The overall performance was great.

Any additional comments?

Pay attention to the tag at the beginning of each chapter and those points where viewpoint shifts. It's important.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By ZenGwen on 04-06-11

Awesome urban fantasy

I keep wanting to call this book 'fun', but it deals with some incredibly dark issues. It does that well, and balances the dark elements out with quirky characters and fantastic, surreal imagery. The concept of friction between the native magical peoples of Europe and the America is an interesting one, as well. There are a lot of things in this book that could've been hilariously bad or offensive, but were very well dealt with and made it better for that. Good narration, too.

The only negative is the constant, overwhelming fuzzy-wuzzy 'friends are family and we look out for each other, and together we can get through anything'. It's a nice moral to the story, sure, but it's just constantly forced down your throat. The book also felt like it was maybe the second in a series (that or the characters all just have immensely rich backstories which get referred to a lot). I'll have to look into that. It's not a negative, just something to note.

Overall, great fairy tale.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Philip on 09-21-10


brilliant story well read. charles de lint is a superb crafter of urban fantasy novels and this keeps you listening from start to finish

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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