A wildly good read, 'The Moon of Gomrath', brings the age of England's Middlearth back to confront the present day. Authentic Celts from the Iron Age, Bronze Age, and long before, are unleashed in the modern world. It is the modern folk, to whom these things are now but a superstition and have not the understanding of them, who are most in danger. This intense and intelligent poetry-and-powers adventure is the sequel to 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen', and it proves that there are few the equal of Alan Garner. Some stories have the power to expand the mind, and this is one of them. The story is pitched a little older than the Weirdstone, as Colin and Susan are also a little older and wiser since their last battle with the witch Morrigan, who does not forget or forgive.
This time the wizard Cadellin is not willing to lend much help as his duty lies elsewhere. He does his best to keep the children out of the fight, but many intersecting forces conspire to awaken the old wild magic. Even the elves only lend their help unwillingly, and they require the help of Susan's talisman themselves, if they can but wield it. The Einheriar, the Wild Hunt, and Garanhir, their terrible stag-antlered leader, cannot be controlled once roused on the Eve of Gomrath. This time it is Susan who must bear the brunt of the danger and terror. All the powers and bravery of many friends and allies will be needed, and the cost of meddling in the old ways is not small.
This report prepared by Michael JR Jose