- Mass Market Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Printing edition (1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345021789
- ISBN-13: 978-0345021786
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,672,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Red Moon and Black Mountain Mass Market Paperback – 1971
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There are images and names in this book that I have kept in my heart for more than 30 years. That of Vir'vachal riding her earth colored pony through the earth, of the flame and gold of Dur'chai's coat, the sweet terror Li'vanh Tuvoi feels when he jumps to his death, the beautiful but terrible face of the fallen Prince of Heaven as he sees the little being who has defeated him. The Dancer at his Fountain... The child 'death-eyed'... I have not laid eyes on this book for more than 20 years and STILL I remember these details! This was a story that sang to me, that made me ache and filled me with joy at the same time. Perhaps I am the only person on the planet for whom this book spoke such volumes, but if I can convince another of its worth, another who would hear this story, these peoples, sing as I have, then it is worth the time I take to write this review.
Chant writes a story of three unlikely heros who are adolescents on the verge of growing up. These three are swept into another world where they meet all sorts of races, beings (magical and just plain interesting), and forces. All of these things are instrumental in shaping these children's characters as the children become instrumental in saving or dooming this world and possibly ours.
The vivid portrayal of the three heros (or victims as the case may be) is a spellbinding and action-packed journey for each one of them. Not only does Chant keep you wondering what's going to happen next, but also she weaves lessons into the story with which helps the children mature into adults that we all wish we could be. This book is by far a must read for adventurers, romancers, and any fiction reader. It is an excellent book to introduce to a young person!
Now, of course I can't tell you any more of the book because the I would be ruining the story for you. But what I can tell you is that the plot is highly intricate and addictive. It has all the characteristics and qualities of a true fantasy story, various kinds of races spread throughout the entire strange world, magical beings, sorcery and impossible or inexplicable events. The language used in the story is adequate and defines each character clearly making one's imagination emphasize many traits and characteristics of a character. Considering other authors that write incredible fantasy books like David Edding, Richard E.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Joy Chant's Red Moon and Black Mountain has often been accused of being derivative of Tolkien. There are certainly some scenes and situations that are reminiscent of Lord Of The... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Dea
First published novel? Okay, it's official, I'm envious now... ;->
I've loved this book since first discovering it years ago; this is probably like my third copy,... Read more
An overlooked Fantasy Classic. The English seem to favor children traveling through time and space to save a (the) world. C.S. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joe Keenan
This is a strange book to try and describe, existing as it does in the category of "early but relatively obscure fantasy literature". Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. M. Fisher
I have read and reread this book since I first stumbled across it in my teens. One of the best written fantasies ever, with clear characters and powerful character arcs, deftly... Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by miakhky
How can this truly magical & otherworldly fantasy novel be out of print? Published by the legendary Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series as it was winding down, it was one of a small... Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by William Timothy Lukeman
A great fantasy novel with excellent morals mixed with magic and mystery.
Three children are taken from earth to another world where fantastic creatures and silver magic... Read more
It was a really good product for the price that I paid. The book arrived in a timely manner as well as being in great shape for $.20. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by gharris83
Remarkable storyline featuring brilliant and richly developed characters and atmospheric backdrops. This is a stunning story about otherworldly societal assimilation by three... Read morePublished on December 20, 2010 by Dave H