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Forests of the Heart (Newford #7)

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In the old century, they called them the Gentry: ancient spirits of the land, magical, amoral, and dangerous. When the Irish emigrated to North America, some of the Gentry followed...only to find that the New World already had spirits of its own, called manitou and other such names by the Native tribes.

Now generations have passed, and the Irish have made homes in the new l

Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 11th 2001 by Tor Books (first published 2000)
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Jun 10, 2013 Algernon rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
My third Newford book and probably not my last. I have not been reading them in order, but that's OK, as they can be enjoyed independently. I'm trading being more or less clueless about some of the recurring characters in order to focus on the ones particular to each novel as a stand-alone. Forests of the Heart refers to the notion of Home, the place, geographical as much as spiritual that defines and nourishes us, gives us strength and a feeling of continuity, of belonging to a history
What happens when people come over and take over? Well, we all know the answer to that question. But what happens to beliefs, to gods, to spirits? Charles de Lint answers that question in Forests of the Heart which deals with a conflict of spirits, both in the magical sense and the sense of self, in the town of Newford. It isn’t so much a question of good and evil, but more of a question what is the best thing to do, how does one make peace, what costs should be paid.
The story takes place over
Dec 09, 2007 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Probably on my top 3 books list. Its the only book I've ever re-read. It mixes different folklore all together making each side fit together and be equally as likely in the realm of fantasy. loved it loved it loved it
Mar 30, 2007 Erika rated it it was ok
Shelves: thefantastic
I am a fan of Charles de Lint's short fiction, and in my opinion that is what he should stick to. He is clearly more adept at that form and length than he is at stretching a story to be novel-length. He skimped too much on details that I felt needed more clarification and breadth while overly emphasizing and rehashing other elements that I understood the first time around. The relationships between the characters and some of the characters themselves weren't terribly believable and seemed contri ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing
You know the kind of book where, even though you should be a responsible adult and put it down and go to sleep you cannot? And you stay up WAY too late just to see what happens? This book is THAT kind of book.

I popped into the Newford series with this book having not read any of the other ones in the series before it, but I didn't find it disjointed. DeLint's writing is so good you can just immerse yourself in the world he's created and get to know the characters without needing any other back
Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
Aug 18, 2015 Peejay Who Once Was Minsma rated it it was amazing
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I think this is one of my all time favorites of his books--Newford meets Southwestern myth, and some really satisfying characters and plotting.
Lorina Stephens
Mar 21, 2009 Lorina Stephens rated it liked it
Charles de Lint is a master of urban fantasy. Combine that with his remarkable skill as a storyteller, his love of music, Celtic and Native legend and you have a tale that is enchanting, captivating, restorative.

Forests of the Heart returns to de Lint's imaginary town of Newford, and draws heavily from native desert culture pitted against uprooted Celtic culture, all of it existing on an alternate plane that truly is just one step to the left. The Gentry, portrayed as angry, black-clad, cigaret
I am writing this review of de Lint's novel before I go and read the reviews I have written before. I love the world that de Lint has created; I feel like I have come home when one of his recurring characters appears in a new book; I just settle into his books like I belong there. The real question is why haven't I read all of them. Part of the reason is that I need to be in the right place in my mind and I also just want the time to enjoy them. I believe this is why I read them on vacation.

Jun 27, 2016 Marlene rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
DeLint, as always, has a triumphant story. Possibly my personal favorite DeLint novel simply because he weaves Native American people's myth with the myth of the Celts. He, at once, shows the differences in the myth and mysteries of the Native Peoples of the America's, (both Mexico and Southern U.S. which were at one point one in the same), and he shows us the beauty inherent in both along with its potential for malice. It is not lost that these are both human characteristics which each person a ...more
Kirk Macleod
Aug 10, 2016 Kirk Macleod rated it really liked it
Finally moving out of the '90s and into the 2000s, Charles de Lint's Forests of the Heart is a pretty fantastic way to start the new decade.

The novel, set in his fictional Canadian city of Newford, does feature a few of his fan favourite characters, but in this novel they are secondary to a new group, one including artists, musicians, a witch, and some very kind people who get in way over their heads.

As with most of his fiction set in Newford, de Lint focuses on how regular folk interact with th
Aug 04, 2016 Rick rated it really liked it
I can't believe it took me this long to actually pick up a novel by this incredible man! I have had Charles de Lint recommended to me for at least a decade and have only now read a book by him.

His writing style is one I find extremely engaging and reminiscent of the type of English spoken where I live (unsurprising given he lives in the same city). I had never realized how many small idiomatic turns of phrase are used specifically in this region. I also like how he incorporated language from oth
Иван Величков
Изобщо не се учудвам ,че романът е носител на Небула за 2000 година.
Този път Чарлз де Линт е надминал себе си и доказва, че може да напише чудесен роман, който да застане до невероятната му колекция от нюфордски разкази. Избягвайки всички обърквания от предишните си по-дълги произведения, тук имаме стегнат сюжет с няколко спиращи дъха обрата, нови, самостоятелни и живи герои и напрегнат локален конфликт, естествено всичко е майсторски написано и те кара да мислиш, че Нюфорд е реален град с исти
Mar 18, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
I think that this is another case of a book having a great concept but for whatever reason, I was unable to connect with any of the characters or even the general story that was being told. I really liked the blend of mythology that De Lint tried to bring to the story but because of the multitude of characters and all of the jumping around that the story did between their perspectives, I did not get any realistic sense of depth to any of the various belief networks that were presented as being i ...more
Ma olin unustanud, kui väga mulle Charles de Linti esimene eestikeelne raamat meeldis ja nüüd tuli see uue hooga tagasi. Tahaks kohe tõtata veel mõnd tellima, aga see peab esialgu ootama. Igatahes - tegu on ainsate urban fantasy raamatutega, mis mulle väga meeldivad. Seni. Korraga indiaanlased ja iirlased, nende vaimolendid ning tavaline boheemlasrahvas. Palju erinevaid kultuure, tegelasi nii naisi kui mehi, mütoloogiaid ja seda kõike ilma poliitikata. Kahju ainult, et pole varesetüdrukuid, keda ...more
Oct 10, 2009 Kandice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The first book I ever read by Charles de Lint. I absolutely fell in love with this author after reading this book. I'm always hunting for his books to collect and have read as many as I can find. I don't like to borrow his books. If I can't buy them, I wait until I can find them because they are worthy of being added to my literature collection. I hope he writes for a very long time to come.
C.L. Francisco
Mar 16, 2014 C.L. Francisco rated it it was amazing
Charles de Lint is a unique writer of contemporary fantasy, usually described as a writer of urban fantasy. I prefer his less "urban" books, and Forests of the Heart is my favorite among those. Forests returns to a theme that runs through many of his books: spiritual beings indigenous to the British Isles who somehow accompany emigrants to the Americas, where they interact with the people and indigenous spirits of America. Forests weaves a dark magic tale of Celtic and Southwestern Indian spirit ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Autumn rated it it was ok
Book #5 I've read from Charles de Lint. I wouldn't recommend this one. It felt very self-indulgent in the world-building details of Newford. Yes, I understand that he wants us to see this as a fully fleshed out, real town with many fascinating characters with the depth and complexity of real people. But do we need SO many characters in a book? Do we need to know the musical tastes of almost all of them? The book was so off-center. Starting it, I was hoping it would focus on Bettina and her deser ...more
Traci Loudin
May 14, 2016 Traci Loudin rated it really liked it
An AMAZING blend of various mythologies from various cultures. Truly unique and creative.
Feb 09, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
Hard men, the Gentry, Los Lobos, the Green Man,the Glasduine, Los Cadejos, Shaman, Wise Women, Shapeshifters, Los Santos, and very human humans...all here in a wonderfully imaginative narrative of magic, myth & mystery. De Lint interweaves the myths of the Celts, Mexican Americans & Native Americans into a story that takes place from a Northeastern city to a Southwestern desert - in the reality of the "now" and the realms of the spirit world. His characters are believable and interesting ...more
Abraham Thunderwolf
Aug 26, 2011 Abraham Thunderwolf rated it really liked it
Forest of the Heart is one of the few fantasy novels I've read that aren't about things getting stabbed all the time. It was very good, like I couldn't put it down good. I'm not going to say it's a thrill a minute page turner, because it's not, but it was eventually engrossing. I really liked the combinations going on at play, the mix of mythologies, characters and environments. I know it's a good book when I say to myself, "Maybe I should read this again instead of looking for something else to ...more
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Aug 11, 2012 Deborah Ideiosepius omnivorous reader rated it really liked it
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I have just re-read this, a long enough time had passed since the last reading that it was almost like reading it again.

It is without a doubt urban fantasy, but with a difference. The different mythologies that make up the plot are bound with each other and with the story with De Lint’s typical deftness. The vivid engaging characters are the main strength of the novel as one sees through the eyes of different people and the people are distinct enough that you see a scene in different ways becaus
Althea Ann
Sep 26, 2013 Althea Ann rated it liked it
Set in de Lint's imaginary modern American city of Newford (which seems a lot like Minneapolis to me, from the perspective of someone who's never been to Minneapolis...(it's cold, and it's not coastal)) tongue.gif
I have a feeling some of the characters have appeared in de Lint's other books as well, but I don't remember clearly enough to vouch for it.

Here we meet Bettina, a Mexican/Native American who's been brought up in the mystic healing traditions by her grandmother, and who has long had an
May 04, 2011 Josie rated it really liked it
Forests of the Heart is a lovely walk through the woods of the world. Another fabulous Newford tale by Charles de Lint, this one features a cast of characters ranging from Old World spirits, to New World sculptors and record-store-owners, to those with blood older than all of them. I will admit that at times the different sets of characters in canid form became somewhat challenging to tease apart as to their allegiances, but that's probably my own problem due to how quickly I was trying to get t ...more
David Laderoute
Jan 15, 2014 David Laderoute rated it really liked it
I've long been a fan of Charles de Lint, ever since I first read Moon Heart in a bush camp back in the early 80s. He's a master of urban fantasy, much of it based around his imaginary city of Newford. Forests of the Heart takes us back there, this time in a story that crosses Celtic, Canadian Aboriginal and New World Spanish/SW American Native folklore.

As usual, Charles gives us a great read. Forests is well-paced, with well-drawn, interesting characters (but...and there is a but, as I'll get to
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'So these wolves that come to our yard,' Bettina tried. 'En otros palabras - in other words. They are evil?'
Nuala shook her head. 'Not as you're using the word. Long ago, they followed the Irish emigrants to the New World, but this land already had its own guardian spirits. So there was no place for them. But here they remain all the same. They are homeless, unbound, and they neither feel nor think the way we do. When the Gentry gather in a pack they can be like a wild hunt, ravening and hungry
Nov 18, 2008 indiefishsteak rated it really liked it
This is an inspiring and gritty adventure full of treks in to the otherworld and the spirits who inhabit both that world and this one. The beginning was a little slow for me, but once the characters started getting more intertwined with each other the stakes were raised. I really did not want to put it down toward the end.

De Lint's writing has a beautiful way of sandwiching the urban and the supernatural into a wonderful blend of reality. Many of his books are in the city of Newford that he's cr
Feb 04, 2012 Indrani rated it really liked it
This was classic de Lint: people in Newford with varying amounts of experience get caught up and drawn into the supernatural, and have to find ways to deal, and to fix the problems that they have (sometimes) inadvertently created or been part of.

Much like Stephen King, I think that de Lint's success lies in his ability to create eminently relatable characters with motivations and emotions that connect with the reader; even the "bad guys" have motivations that makes sense. They may be more amoral
Lis Carey
Jan 12, 2011 Lis Carey rated it liked it
Shelves: f-sf
Another novel set in Newford, this time involving Irish wolf critters who want to displace the native Indian spirits and seize magical control of the land. The major human players this time are Bettina San Miguel, an Indian healer from the American s outhwest; Ellie Jones, an artist who works nights on aid to the homeless for "the Grasso Street Angel"; Tommy Raven, a Kickaha Indian; Hunter Cole, owner of Gypsy Records; his employee Miki Greer, and her brother Donal; and assorted Creek sisters, t ...more
Sep 04, 2007 Ambertronic rated it liked it
As many other de Lint fans have voinced, the man needs to stick to short fiction.

Once again the European fey realm clashes with Native American spirituality, a common theme of his stories. Not a bad thing, but it's a recurring theme of his.

His female characters get a little predicable in this novel. You know, the innocent quite gal goes for the bad boy, etc. I don't understand the formula he uses to decide which character to give center stage and which to have in the background...this is because
Jul 29, 2014 Leslie rated it liked it
3 stars. This entry in Charles de Lint's Newford series didn't sweep me away quite as much as the others I have read. I liked the main character, Bettina, who is a curandera raised in southern Arizona. But somehow the battle between the Irish Gentry versus the local manitou was not a battle between those two at all & I didn't care for the direction the book took. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for it at this time... ...more
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