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Chronicles of Faerie: The Hunter's Moon Paperback – May 1, 2006

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An Irish Canadian author’s lauded fairy fantasies are updated and introduced to U.S. fantasy readers for the first time in O.R. Melling’s Chronicles of Faerie. The first volume, The Hunter’s Moon, follows two cousins, Gwen and Findabhair, as they backpack around Ireland in search of the country’s magical past. But the girls go too far when they dare to spend the night in a known fairy mound. Finn is stolen away by the dark king of Faerie to become his bride sacrifice to the Great Worm, or Hunter. It is up to timid Gwen to rescue her intrepid cousin, and she wonders if the task will be too much the first time she catches a glimpse of the Little People at play. "Gwen quaked inside. This wild abandon…was beyond anything she could imagine…Exquisite chaos." But with the help of a fairy doctress and her handsome grandson, Gwen assembles a rag tag team of heroes determined to bring Finn back -- even if it means the destruction of Faerie itself.

Melling’s scholarship is evident. In fact, some readers may wonder why she just didn’t write a nonfiction book about Ireland’s rich folklore, as her characters often step clumsily out of the narrative to spout a factual, yet hyperbolic speech about a particular cave, lake or legendary creature. But while Melling’s writing is less successful when her characters are on this side of the Veil, her descriptions of Fairie are sweeping and romantic. Fans of writers like Midori Snyder or Clare Dunkle are sure to enjoy them. (Ages 10-15) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Starred Review. Grade 8 Up–Idealistic Findabhair and her cautious cousin Gwen have always shared a love of fantasy and hunted for a door into other worlds. The teens plan to spend their summer hitchhiking through Ireland, but when Findabhair is abducted from a barrow by the King of the Faeries himself, Gwen has to become self-reliant and overcome her fears in order to rescue her cousin. When she finds a gateway into the Faeries' world, she is unprepared for the beauty of their land, and for her cousin's decision to stay. Complicating the matter is Gwen's memory of the words from a dream: "I, too, was the Hunted and the Sacrificed." Fearing for her cousin's life, Gwen must take help in whatever form it comes to see Findabhair safely delivered from the Faerie lands. Originally published in Ireland (1992) and Canada (1993) to much acclaim, this novel is a compelling blend of Irish mythology and geography. Characters that breathe and connect with readers, and a picturesque landscape that shifts between the present and the past, bring readers into the experience. Melling's taut plotting, with its unexpected turns, moves the story quickly to a climax and leaves readers wanting more. Fortunately, this is the first book in a trilogy.–Melissa Moore, Union University Library, Jackson, TN
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Product Details

  • Series: Chronicles of Faerie
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810992140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810992146
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 6, 2003
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I first read this book reluctantly for a novel study in grade 7. After finishing it I immediately went out and bought my own copy, as well as other titles by O. R. Melling. Gwen's quest in search of her cousin is a fascinating read as Melling sweeps the reader across Ireland giving a tale nothing short of epic in the eyes of a 13 year old. Now in university and studying the classics, this book is still incredible to me. I have recommended it to friends not of Irish descent who have loved it just as much as I have. It is a universal story of struggle and the right of passage for young girls in the modern world. I absolutely loved this book, and anyone who feels it is beneath them because of its target audience is robbing themselves of an excellent read. I have re-read this book countless times and still find it a joy, using it and others as a bridge between the books I have to study. Anyone looking to get teenagers interested in reading or in need of a good book to escape into should definitely give this a try.
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While I enjoyed some of the moments of the book, the flow seemed awkward and there were times when I felt the characters were a little too one dimensional and contrived.

Once I was finished reading the book, I gifted it to a girl who attends the same ballet school as my daughter. She later said she absolutely loved the book. Perhaps the teenage girls in the book were more "realistic" to a twelve-year-old than a thirty-something-year-old. Or maybe free books just read better than $8 books do.

Overall, good brain candy for a quicky read and an interesting and fun look into the world of the fae, but nothing that drove me to wanting to read more of the Chronicles of Faerie books.
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I really enjoyed O.R. Melling's novel. It's a fun coming-of-age adventure in which the main character, Gwen, develops her own strength and learns how to outwit the fairies. At first she is overshadowed by her beautiful cousin Findabhair. But when her cousin is kidnapped, Gwen must go on a quest throughout Ireland to recue her. Melling does an excellent job weaving in traditional fairy myth with beautiful descriptions of modern-day Ireland. Though the plot is thin in places I found the novel as a whole to be entertaining and enjoyable.
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This story is like a breath of fresh air. It's pure delightful whimsy. I had no trouble at all following the plot and, yes, the characters aren't very deep and insightful. But somehow I don't think they're supposed to be. The story reads like an old-time fairy tale, full of ideas and events that are cliche but no less true and valuable. You might get tired of seeing the shy character that pulls out of her shell through the course of a quest or journey, but that doesn't diminish the power of such a transformation. If you read this story with no preconceptions then you end up feeling like a kid again, in awe of the power of the hidden world. This book made me tremendously happy, and I didn't even set out to feel that way! It didn't matter that it was illogical in places or simple or unrealistic. It was magic! Magic doesn't have to make sense.

This book won't give you any profound existential insight, but it does have the potential to give you the joyful suspicion that maybe, just maybe, there really are fairies in the hills and the chance that you might one day go adventuring with them. Call me flighty, and I probably am, but that idea makes me happy. Thank you for a great story Ms. Melling.
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Two cousins from two different parts of the world who share the same name and a passionate belief that faery exists, set out on a summer vacation in Ireland. Gwen, the US cousin, is tentative and dreamy. Findabhair, the Irish native, is passionate, beautiful and impulsive.

At Tara, they dare to spend the night in a Faery mound. Finn answers the call of the Faery King. Gwen is left behind to rescue her.

Time is running out--Hunter's Moon approaches and if Gwen can't get her cousin back, Finn will become the annual sacrifice to the Great Wyrm.

"The Hunter's Moon" is an amazing fantasy adventure told by someone who really KNOWS Irish folklore. Melling's education qualifies her to write non-fiction, yet she's choosing instead to educate us with enchanting tales of Irish folklore.

I highly recommend "The Hunter's Moon" for fantasy lovers of all ages. The story itself is delightful. The guides included relating to Gaelic language and Irish folklore are amazing.
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For some reason this series just never sucked me in the way I hoped it would. I am a huge fan of fantasy and fairy type fiction. It was decent, but definitely not one of those books that you can't put down. More of one of those that takes a while to finish because you'd rather watch tv or something instead.
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By Kym S on January 9, 2013
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This book is good for mid teens and seasoned readers alike. Gwen is visiting her cousin Findabhair in Ireland for the summer and the two girls are excited to visit ancient sites. After meeting some odd characters, the girls sleep out under a Sidhe-mound and Findabhair disapears. Gwen must find her and she travels Ireland in a frantic search. I loved the character of Granny and the beautiful descriptions of Ireland now and then make me want to visit it even more. I really enjoyed this book and have read it more than once.
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