The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

Alan Garner

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

Alan Garner

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen is one of the greatest fantasy novels of all time.

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 forty 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 more than 100 years, but the forces of evil are 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 brood?

Review

I have re-read The Weirdstone of Brisingamen many times since I first read it on a beach holiday when I was about 10 years old. What captured my imagination then still has the power to engage me all these years later. It is a ripping yarn about two city children, brother and sister Colin and Susan, whose curiosity and a family heirloom – the weirdstone of the title – lead them into peril. There are dwarves, elves, witches and all manner of strange evil beings, and a good wizard. I think this is fantasy writing at its best. Garner wastes no time and few words launching Susan and Colin on their journey. He paints a great picture of rural Cheshire and with that a compelling sense of location for the action. Underpinning all this is a real love for English folklore that resonates throughout all of Garner’s writing. I love this book and couldn’t recommend it highly enough.


Simon McLean is a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.

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