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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Alan Garner ↠ 6 Read When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge they are saved by the Wizard He takes them into the caves of Fundindelve where he watches over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and for This is a book of my childhood I remember the first few chapters of it being read to me during the library sessions at school when I was seven and it was the first fantasy book I ever checked out all by myself I had to know what happenedUnlike a lot of fantasy books for children I remember being uite genuinely frightened during parts of this which was thrilling I still re read this occasionally and each time am transported back to that sense of wonder and adventure I felt when I was a very young girl A testament to the skill of Alan Garner I think

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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Alan Garner ↠ 6 Read E closing in determined to possess and destroy its special power Colin and Susan realise at last that they are the key to the Weirdstone's return But how can two children defeat the Morrigan and her deadly broo Whenever I m asked to name my favourite children s author the answer has to be Alan Garner I ve recently reread all his children s books and read some of his adult books for the first time but of all of them my favourite remains the first book of his I read as a child the Weirdstone of BrisingamenIn the introduction to the fiftieth anniversary edition of The Weirdstone of Brisingamen published in 2010 Philip Pullman said of Garner that Garner is indisputably the great originator the most important British writer of fantasy since Tolkien and in many respects better than Tolkien because deeper and truthful I couldn t agree The Weirdstone of Brisingamen was his first book and according to both Garner himself and literary critics not his best one his prose style dialogue and characterisation all improved markedly in later books However its combination of narrative power a deep numinous sense of place the book is set in Alderley Edge in Cheshire home of Garner s family for centuries and its use of northern European folkloric and mythological sources made an extraordinarily powerful impression on me when I first read the book aged seven one that has stayed with me ever since I reread the book every few years and will continue to do so into my dotage in all likelihoodThe story which leads up to a climax involving an epic battle between the supernatural forces of good and evil is centred around two children brother and sister Colin and Susan who are staying with family friends in a farmhouse near to Alderley Edge whilst their parents are away abroad children s adventure books always work so much better when the parents are safely out of the picture and unable to interfere don t theyThe story is a kind of uest but in reverse because the children are seeking not to find something but to return it to its rightful owner the Weirdstone of the titlean ancient teardrop shaped jewel which contains the powerful white magic necessary to assist in the final defeat of the evil spirit Nastrond The Weirdstone has been lost for over a century but rightly belongs with Cadellin the wizard who guards the force of sleeping warriors buried under Alderley Edge in the dwarf caves of Fundinelve We soon find out that Susan unknowingly has the Weirdstone in her possession incorporated into a bracelet passed down through her family and the reverse uest is the children s journey to return the Weirdstone to Cadellin in the face of vicious opposition from the forces of evil most frighteningly embodied in the witches of the morthbrood led by the truly terrifying shape shifter Selina PlaceThis fictional journey takes place across and under the very real landscape of Cheshire incorporating well known landmarks such as Alderley Edge itself a sandstone escarpment The Wizard s WellClulow Cross etc and other landscape features such as abandoned mines and uarries The mythic element is eclectic here as in many of his later books Garner draws on elements of various mythological traditions of northern Europe that have left their traces in the British Isles Old Norse Celtic and Old English and combines them in a way that is particularly resonant and peculiarly his ownThis is a book which can be enjoyed by children of seven and above and could be read to the class or read independently It could also be used for cross curricular purposes for Geography given the interesting landscape of its real location and for History given its mythic elements drawing on the cultures of various previous inhabitants of the British Isles in earlier historical eras Celts Vikings and Anglo Saxons

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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen characters ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Alan Garner ↠ 6 Read Ty knights But the heart of the magic that binds them Firefrost also known as the Weirdstone of Brisingamen has been lost The Wizard has been searching for the stone for than 100 years but the forces of evil ar Alan Garner is widely considered one of England s most beloved children s authors so naturally I had to investigate what the fuss was about The problem with beloved children s authors is that a lot of people love them because they were raised on them and if you come onto the scene decades later as an adult you may fail to see what the appeal is only to be met with wintry glares from everybody else trying to enjoy their nostalgia bingeThat s certainly how I feel about The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Garner s first novel and the first part of a trilogy Cardboard cut outs Susan and Colin I just finished the book and still had to check their names are sent to live in rural Cheshire with friends of their parents who have gone overseas on business In the habit of rural London children throughout the annals of fantasy they soon find themselves embroiled in a magical adventure involving wizards dwarves goblins and magic stonesObviously this is a children s book but I feel capable of judging children s books based on their own merits see The Neverending Story and The Thief of Always and I feel that The Weirdstone of Brisingamen is deeply flawed however you judge it It starts off promisingly enough with a well realised rural setting and a sense of rustic mystery and adventure but as soon as the monsters and warlocks get involved it goes off the rails There are multiple antagonists with no particular characteristics to separate them from each other bar their weird names and the children are assisted in their uest by a pair of interchangeable stereotypical dwarves who speak in a grating prithee and well met and mine eyes fantasy argot which reads as though Garner had just finished The Lord of the Rings The problem with such hollow characters of course is that it s impossible for the readers to care about the world you ve created for them or the difficult circumstances you ve put them in I was bored by The Weirdstone of Brisingamen halfway through and doubt I would have been any interested if I were fifteen years youngerInterestingly however Garner wrote the second book in the trilogy The Moon of Gomrath in 1963 but he then became bored with his creations and later disassociated himself from them saying he had moved on and developed as an author and had no intention of finishing the trilogy But eventually he did write a third book after all Boneland published in 2012 a staggering fifty two years after the original By all accounts and as you d expect it s a very different book I find that fascinating and despite not enjoying The Weirdstone of Brisingamen I plan to push on with the trilogy purely out of curiosity to see what Boneland is like