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Red Moon and Black Mountain Mass Market Paperback – 1971

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Hardcover
Joy Chant's Red Moon and Black Mountain was probably my favorite book as a young adult. Though obscure and woefully under acknowledged, this 'modern day people drop into alien world' saga is the absolute BEST of it's ilk. It combines both mysticism and fantasy, battle and intrigue into an absolutely spellbinding story. I truly think this marvellous work is dismissed by many as being another 'Tolkien lite' but the story is so much, MUCH more. Like Tolkien, Ms. Chant is able to define several rich and varied cultures and do so skillfully in the same book - but that is where the similarity ends! The Hurnei bear very little resemblance to Tolkien's horse peoples - and their culture is, in fact, much more richly detailed (in The Grey Mane of Morning - another of Ms. Chant's books in this universe) than Tolkien's Rohirrim.

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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book when I was in about the 7th grade. While not an experienced science fiction reader at that point, I knew then that this was an excellent book. I have read many since (Tolkein jumps to mind) and have always remembered this book. It is one of only a few that I have read more than once.
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!
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I have been reading science fiction for many years. Most of the time, I do not enjoy pure "fantasy" novels, Tolkien being a major exception. This novel is the other major exception. While not as "deep" in some ways as Tolkien's work, the mythic and archetypal qualities of the characters are just as moving. The writing is superb, as well. This is more than a book for children! Even if you don't usually like fantasy novels, try this one!
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The book, Red Moon and Black Mountain, by author Joy Chant is a fairly good book. It introduces three children, who somehow find themselves in another world where good, evil, and other fantastic forces are clashing on battle to gain control over the world. These children are sent to this world by a strange force unfathomable to them, which had turned a simple childish expedition nearby their home into a fantasitic adventure where each of them has a special role preordained by some greater force. The older one finds himself among a warrior race in the plains, where they are considred the lords because of the power of their armed forces, and dexterity and speed of their mounts, which are unicorns. The younger brother and sister are about to fall over a cliff when they encounter a lovely princess and her fierce warriors going on a expedition of immense importance which would somehow foretell the growth of the evil force they would be fighting against in the future. Each of them have a special purpose in this unknown land which will define the fate of, not only the meaning of death, but of live, its perils, difficulties, hopes, goals and losses.
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.
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