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!!> PDF / Epub ✈ Red Moon and Black Mountain ⚣ Author Joy Chant – Sunkgirls.info This book has a decent enough premise, of a set of siblings being transported from our world into a realm of warfare and sorcery, where they must fight the forces of darkness It follows through well enough in theory, at least with the children being forcibly separated and tackling the world in their own different ways, one being stuck with a princess, the other going native among some local tribes Each character has their own personalities, experiences a fair bit of growth, and the harship This book has a decent enough premise, of a set of siblings being transported from our world into a realm of warfare and sorcery, where they must fight the forces of darkness It follows through well enough in theory, at least with the children being forcibly separated and tackling the world in their own different ways, one being stuck with a princess, the other going native among some local tribes Each character has their own personalities, experiences a fair bit of growth, and the harships they face are real.Shame that it s all completely marred by the writing.The author has an awful grasp of the way of words and prose and how to put it all together The narrative meanders, the descriptions are dry and shallow, the dialogue wooden and unbelievable, and on the whole none of it fits with the story that is told It doesn t just not grab me it s actively pushing me away It s like plodding through tar or quicksand I struggled halfway through that field, then figuring that it would not get any better than this, gave up and picked up something else.Maybe it s just me, though Several other reviews have praised the prose and the narrative style The book was apparently quite well regarded in its time Certainly it s not just another pile of bland Tolkienian cliches It tried its own new thing So it could be that I just missed something big about it, too stuck with technical stuff, peering at individual cogs and never seeing the entire machinery.It just felt like the book was grabbing my head and shoving my face right into those cogs.So, yeah Not a book for me I read very few children s books as a child my tastes ran to mythology Reading this as an adult, I noticed a lotabout the everyday lives of the people of Vandarei than I probably would ve as a child I also noticed the philosophical complexity The childhood fantasies Chant records as an adult might always have been philosophically complex, and they surely are now there s no doubt that this is not a simple good vs evil story, if read with attention to the discussions, rather than ju I read very few children s books as a child my tastes ran to mythology Reading this as an adult, I noticed a lotabout the everyday lives of the people of Vandarei than I probably would ve as a child I also noticed the philosophical complexity The childhood fantasies Chant records as an adult might always have been philosophically complex, and they surely are now there s no doubt that this is not a simple good vs evil story, if read with attention to the discussions, rather than just the pageantry.For example, this may be the first book where I read the flat statement that the end does NOT justify the means But it s an equivocal statement The Vandarin don t intend not to kill people they just refuse to meddle with their minds It s also probably the first book I ve encountered where the fear of a warrior is broadened to include not only the fear of dying, but also the fear of killing We re told in our society that nobody who s sanctioned to kill has any right to be hesitant to use that sanction That s different people say about authorized killings But it s not, of course Still, the enemy army are killed without apparent remorse nobody seems to care about the suffering and griefs of THEIR families And Li vanh somehow sees himself as uniquely guilty because he CAN T commit murder dispassionately.Then there s the retort of the Earth Witch, who points out that the others scorn them because their religion involves the shedding of blood but that in this battle, those who despise the Earth Witches have shedblood in a night than the Earth Witches do in a century.It s not sensible to expect answers to these questions in one book but at least they ve been raised, instead of ignored as in far too many other books Science Fiction, FantasyThree Children Are Drawn Into Another World Where A Fierce Conflict For Power Is Waging I took a literature class in college that was supposed to be science fiction, but they changed it to fantasy the week it started, due to whining from kids who signed up for it not knowing what SF was Oh, lord Stuck in a classroom full of Tolkien fanatics We got to read The Hobbit, which I was done with in 6 th grade For these innocents, it opened up a whole new world I should have introduced them to Lovecraft, who was not so well known in our backwater university Anyway, if it hadn t bee I took a literature class in college that was supposed to be science fiction, but they changed it to fantasy the week it started, due to whining from kids who signed up for it not knowing what SF was Oh, lord Stuck in a classroom full of Tolkien fanatics We got to read The Hobbit, which I was done with in 6 th grade For these innocents, it opened up a whole new world I should have introduced them to Lovecraft, who was not so well known in our backwater university Anyway, if it hadn t been for The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and this book I would have gone mad.Forward 8 years, I am loose in the world, a failure at the dating game, when I notice this gem on the bookshelf of a young man I am seeing I mention my love for the book, and six months later we are husband and wife Well, it was a bitinvolved than that He also owned The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, played Dungeons and Dragons actually wrote modules for them , bought me a home computer instead of an engagement ring 1982 I m other words, perfect I re read this book a couple of years ago It is still worth falling in love over Epic high fantasy needn t be epic in length What matters is the story creation or at least the world is at stake, the outcome will be settled between the forces of good and evil, and the tale is told from multiple viewpoints Red Moon and Black Mountain shows how it can be done in under three hundred pages. This was one of the first fantasy novels I found, after Lord of the Rings was finally published in the US, that was not a cheap knock off of LOTR Chant was as skilled at world building as Tolkien and she too confronted the not so happily ever after that makes her characters psychologically true And I think her Dark Lord may be a superior evocation of evil But, aside from all that, it is a great story with wonderful individuals, glorious landscapes, breathless suspense, and deep emotion And t This was one of the first fantasy novels I found, after Lord of the Rings was finally published in the US, that was not a cheap knock off of LOTR Chant was as skilled at world building as Tolkien and she too confronted the not so happily ever after that makes her characters psychologically true And I think her Dark Lord may be a superior evocation of evil But, aside from all that, it is a great story with wonderful individuals, glorious landscapes, breathless suspense, and deep emotion And that s what I want from a fantasy A lost classic of the genre that draws inspiration from Narnia and Tolkien The basic formula three kids find themselves snatched out of our reality into a fantastic one, where forces of good and evil vie for dominion Some exceptional world building is here, and elegant use of language, but I just wish I had read it when I was fourteen it would have made a much stronger impression. This book was one of the first epic fantasies to come out of Ballentine s adult fantasy line back in the 1970 s, yet it seems that few readers are familiar with either the book or the author today Despite multiple award nominations and enthusiastic reviews, Miss Chant went on to publish only threenovels before she disappeared from the fantasy scene.The premise of is familiar, although back in the 70s not yet a clich Three children are unexpectedly whisked out of modern day England and d This book was one of the first epic fantasies to come out of Ballentine s adult fantasy line back in the 1970 s, yet it seems that few readers are familiar with either the book or the author today Despite multiple award nominations and enthusiastic reviews, Miss Chant went on to publish only threenovels before she disappeared from the fantasy scene.The premise of is familiar, although back in the 70s not yet a clich Three children are unexpectedly whisked out of modern day England and dropped into the fantasy land of Kedrinh There, they become pivotal figures in an epic battle between forces of good and evil This, however, is no Lord of the Rings rip off, like another fantasy written about the same time that I might mention The world of Khendiol of which Kedrinh is only a part existed in Chant s imagination long before she wrote about it Chant draws on familiar legends, Christian symbolism, and pagan mthology, and gives it all her own slant While the younger children, Nicholas and Penelope, are magically transported to the windy slopes of Black Mountain and a fateful meeting with the Princess In serinna, their teenage brother, Oliver, is sent elsewhere, and fated to play a farimportant role among the nomadic Khentor.In serrina and her entourage are climbing the mountain in order to watch a battle between the white eagles and the black a bloody combat, eerily lit by the red moon, which is also a preliminary test of strength between the powers of the Starborn enchanters, represented by the Princess, and their exiled kinsman, the magician Fendarl Through long years of exile, Fendarl has grown in power, and now war seems inevitable, so even if the White Eagles are able to win this skirmish which is described powerfully and in detail there is no guarantee that the Starborn will prevail in the greater battle ahead.Some confusion arises because Chant has a tendency to make too many of the names sound alike, but otherwise one of the delights of this book is the elegantly clear but beautiful prose, as here the Princess encourages the White Eagles to fight on, even though outnumbered She spread her arms and held out her hands to the White Eagles, and called out to them in a language Nicholas did not understand It was a language of cold pure sounds a language of words harsh and sad It brought visions of bare shining rockscapes, or high lonely peaks of wintry solitudes through nights of splintering cold and days of piercing light Every word seemed to come acriss vast gulfs, gulfs wider than space and deeper than time one soul speaking to another across a schism made in the very beginning of the world Nicholas whole body shuddered as he listened.The battle between the eagles ends with the rising of the white moon.Separated from their party on the mountain In serrina and Penny are captured by enemy forces The Princess is weakened by her need to protect the children otherwise her power would have been too great for her captors to overcome Fortunately, Nick escapes to summon assistance After several days of defiant and anxious imprisonment, the Princess and Penny are rescued by Lord Vahn, grandson of a king allied with the Starborn As they journey toward Rennath, her father s realm, it soon becomes evident that In serrina and Vahn have a history, and this part of the story is particularly engaging as a Penny tries to decipher the romantic tensions between the adults The Lord was merely proud and silent but the Princess was troubled and miserable, and Penelope grew unhappy watching her She would sit on the horse with her head drooping, arguing endlessly within herself and then suddenly fling her hair back and laugh defiantly, and start talking with fierce gaiety But that was always the signal for Vahn to fall silent or to give curt answers Once or twice her temper flashed, and they almost quarreled On the whole Penelope preferred the Princess to be silent.Though many readers will be reminded of the story of Aragorn and Arwen, at least Chant treats In serinna s dilemma in having to choose between her magical heritage and her deep love for Vahn as the wrenching and difficult decision it would undoubtedly be Chant s ability to bring people, places, and cultures to life are truly impressive She is at her best recounting Oliver s experiences with the Khentor, whose society has been described elsewhere as a cross between Native American and Cossack steppe culture Whenever they just said the God , they meant Kem nanh, Kem nanh was theirs they were Kem nanh s He was the king of the wind, the plains, the sea, horses, men anything fierce and free, anything Khentor It was he whome, hailing him as Lord of the herds, they would thank in song and dance for their good hunting, for the game driven towards their spears Then after the thanksgiving the hunters would stand forth , and act the story of the hunt It surprised him the first time, that they told little about their own part their praise they lavished on their quarry, telling how cunningly it had evaded them, how cleverly it kept watch, how only with the help of Kem nanh the Hunter had it been killed.and Someone began beating softly on a drum, and the girls sang and clapped, and then came slowly winding out of the crowd in a chain, a dancing skein Around the fire they danced, stepping delicately, their skirts swaying, their dark hair tossing, their high clear voices rising and falling together Then the men began to sway and stamp, and to sing quietly anddrums joined the first Now the men too stepped out and began to dance, casting their own circle around the wreath of girls, and their deep voices joined the song And the voices of the men were the dark sea, while the voices of the girls were the flying white foam or the vast dark plain, and the silver light that ran rippling over it or the wind brought rumour of thunder,and the shimmering levin lightAdopted by the Hurnei tribe, Oliver is quickly absorbed into their society Never seeing his own face, never seeing any face that was not slant eyes dark beneath a cap of dark hair, high cheeked and small nosed, with a proud sombre mouth, he forgot that he did not look like them For Oliver, time passes at a different pace than it does for his young siblings, and it soon becomes evident that Oliver s sojourn in Vanderei is of much greater duration than that of Nick and Penny, as he grows from adolescence to maturity within the tribal culture By the time they meet again he has become so acclimatized to Khentor customs, language and ways of thinking, he barely recognizes the younger children, can t even properly pronounce their names, and finds himself quite unable to slip back into his expected role as their older brother From his viewpoint, Oliver Powell no longer even exists, there is only Li vanh of the Hurnei and while some of Oliver s memories still linger, they are distant and painful, challenging his new sense of identity The undeniable love he feels for Nick and Penny only makes him feel guility and uncomfortable.In addition to growing from boy to man, Oliver Li vanh has been training as a warrior Portents that accompanied his first mysterious appearance among them have convinced the Hurnei staunch allies of In serrina s people in fact, Prince Vahn is half Khentor that he will be their gods chosen champion against Fendarl when war finally breaks out In the event,will be expected of Li vahn than simply courage in battle For war has battered the land itself and sown the fields with dead In the land of the Khentor, the goddess Vir Vachal has been roused Where she comes the people and the animals run mad and die Unless she is under the earth it will not bear fruit, and they cannot bind her Only a sacrifice will appease her It is then that it falls on the Chosen One to pay the ultimate price 3.75 while at times coming dangerously close to becoming a generic epic quest a la Tolkien, the passages of lyrical visionary power such as the battle of the eagles and the solemn introspection it brings to standard fantasy tropes raise it above the rote conventions of the sword sorcery genre and place it somewhere near the same unique territory Alan Garner explored in his fictions 3.75 while at times coming dangerously close to becoming a generic epic quest a la Tolkien, the passages of lyrical visionary power such as the battle of the eagles and the solemn introspection it brings to standard fantasy tropes raise it above the rote conventions of the sword sorcery genre and place it somewhere near the same unique territory Alan Garner explored in his fictions When I was a young girl Joy Chant was part of the triarchy from whom I bought and read everything I could get my hands on the other two being Joan D Vinge and Elizabeth A Lynn So I thought it was about time after all those years to get re acquainted with my childhood dreams.As things turned out I could not remember a single character, scene or bit of the worldbuilding from this book here I remembered that I loved it, but the rest completely had vanished into the mists of times lost So it When I was a young girl Joy Chant was part of the triarchy from whom I bought and read everything I could get my hands on the other two being Joan D Vinge and Elizabeth A Lynn So I thought it was about time after all those years to get re acquainted with my childhood dreams.As things turned out I could not remember a single character, scene or bit of the worldbuilding from this book here I remembered that I loved it, but the rest completely had vanished into the mists of times lost So it was with great anticipation that I started this book, reminded myself that it is from the 1970ies, that it is a book for young readers, that I should be lenient with my nostalgia Thankfully those reminders weren t necessary Yes, it feels a bit dated in the way it emulates in parts Lord of the Rings like so many Fantasy books from those times did , but for a book for children it has surprising depth and wonderful feeling for worldbuilding.Three children are transported into a fantastical world in a kind of Narnia meets Tolkien way but of the good sort Each one of them has to fulfill her his own quest in events leading to your typical good vs evil battle The emphasis is on the elder brother and his chosen one fate Here is the strength of Joy Chant s writing in so far that she portrays the young man not only as the coming of age hero, but with so much self awareness, doubts about warfare and musings about the relationship to nature, that it stood out for me I m not sure young me got all those layers, all thenowadays me enjoyed the dive into these depths.A children s book with thoughfulness A wonderful second acquaintance with my nostalgia.I m immensely looking forward to the second Vandarei book

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