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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  3 reviews
On Beltane Eve - the most magic night of the year - Donald and Jean meet Borrobil in the dark wood. An exciting fantasy.
Published 1947 by Puffin Books (first published 1944)
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Melanie Williams
An old favourite of mine, which has retained its charm for me ... If you like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe books by C.S.Lewis, then you'll probably like this (so long as you don't make too many comparisons that are not in this book's favour). It is what it is ... it has engaging characters and Celtic folklore aplenty.
Why isn't this book in print? I think you'd have to search for an old copy.
I read this as a child, a battered, yellowed copy that belonged to my parents. It is a mark of how I loved this book that I still have that copy today. It was magical and not in that Enid Blyton, sanitised kind of way. I loved the smattering of pagan images intwined with the simple storyline and it set me upon the road which lead to C S Lewis, Tolkein, Pratchett and Adams. I doubt anyone will be able to find this book, but if you do, and you have kids, read it to them and watch their eyes go wid ...more
Ali Burns
I read this book as a child and parts of it have stuck with me since - the three heads of corn, three biscuits, the dragon, summer and winter - so when I saw it in a charity shop I had to buy it again. It was the same familiar cover, and I dived right in.
It's still as enjoyable a yarn as it was when I first read it, though the latter half of the book I didn't remember at all. Two children, the midwinter equinox, the fight of nature for the light and dark of summer and winter, magic, dragons, kin
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