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Spiritwalk (Ottawa and the Valley)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  1,696 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Omnibus of Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood, Ascian in Rose, Westlin Wind, and Ghostwood
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 1992)
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Catherine Fitzsimmons
I started reading this on my Kobo on a lovely spring afternoon that I couldn't squander inside. It wasn't necessarily next in my queue, but I knew it was close anyway, and being a big fan of de Lint's work, I've been eager to get to it. This is an early novel of his that follows up his previous book, Moonheart, about the recent history of a curious building in Ottawa, Ontario.

I had high expectations for this book based on his other work that I've read. Perhaps for that reason, I was a little dis
Spiritwalk continues the story of Tamson House from Charles de Lint's Moonheart. The House is once again under threat, and the residents again find themselves fighting to save it and themselves.

Spiritwalk is presented as a series of short stories and novellas tied together. It works, although to me it felt slightly fragmented; I found Moonheart much more cohesive and enjoyable. Likewise, the characterizations in Moonheart were stronger.

de Lint embraces European and Native American mythic traditi
Kirk Macleod
A collection of previous released short stories related to characters from his 1984 novel Moonheart: A Romance, Charles de Lint's 1993 book Spiritwalk is pretty fantastic.

Part of what I'm loving working my way through de Lint's fiction is how he ties everything together - this book is not only a sequel, but acknowledges it exists in the same world as both his Jack of Kinrowan character (Jack the Giant Killer, 1987, and Drink Down the Moon, 1990) and his own author character Caitlin Midhir (Yarro
Ben Babcock
Spiritwalk bills itself as “the sequel to Moonheart”, and while this is technically true, the events of Moonheart are only barely linked to this book. Reading it will spoil certain outcomes from Moonheart, but you could probably read it without having read the first novel. I wouldn’t recommend this course of action, however, simply because it seems that Charles de Lint doesn’t spend as much time in Spiritwalk developing the atmosphere of the worlds in which this story takes place. Whereas Moonhe ...more
Allen Garvin
A sequel to Moonheart... well, actually, it's a collection of short stories involving Tamson house and the characters, mainly Blue the biker, from Moonheart. Westlin Wind is the best of the stories, and worth reading; Ghostwood is easily the weakest. Overall, the effect of the book is weak.
This is classic urban fantasy. That is, it is set in our world but there is more depth and mystery to it. The myths and legends and things you see out of the corner of your eye are real, rather than the more "modern" versions with werewolves and vampires.

As always with de Lint, the writing is lyrical and he invokes a sense of mystery and wonder in what we would normally think of as the everyday elements of our world. This is particularly true for the first 2 sections of the book. However, the th
Every new read of a Charles de Lint book reveals more of myself to me. The language of myths and archetypes in profound and extends many hands ready for an invitation to resonate with your life.
Jules Poet
There were parts of this book that I loved and parts that I didn't like at all. I am a huge fan of Charles DeLint's works. Some parts of this book had intertwining stories that switched literally from page to page. I would much rather read one chapter about what's going on with this character or set of characters & then the next chapter about a different set of characters than to switch back and forth from page to page. It was just all too confusing for me. I nearly put the book down to just ...more
Aaron Brown
We'll just say that I like de Lint's Newford stories better.

This isn't really a novel. It's a loosely-connected set of stories and novellas brought together into a collection. It lacks cohesion. To me, it also lacks consistent and believable characters. I simply can't feel for these characters in the same level of depth that I do for those who inhabit de Lint's Newford books and stories.

I simply don't really care about them, or their motivations, or even their fates. Indeed, the single most fas
Kevan Manwaring

De Lint takes us down territory familiar to those who’ve read Moonheart –
which was far more of a successful novel, while this seems collection of short stories and a novella (Ghost Wood – the main story of the book). However good these are independently, with there effective blend of the magical and mundane, I am not convinced this piecemeal strategy pays off. The book does not feel greater than the sum of its part. This could be because the 4 tales were originally printed independently by De Li
These days, it seems that the majority of people believe that science and spirituality are each mutually exclusive of the other. I feel like part of an extremely small group that believes that one can appreciate both and integrate both into our lives. Charles de Lint obviously feels the same, as this wonderful passage from Spiritwalk indicates:

"There was magic and then there was magic. Most of it was logical enough, once you accepted that the natural boundaries of the world stretched a little fu
I feel like I might have liked this book a bit more if I had read Moonheart first, although DeLint does a good job of not making me feel totally lost despite this being a sequel. He also does a pretty good job of making some characters that end up being likeable (Judy and Ohn were the two which stuck out to me). Some of the others... well, sometimes he spent a bit too much talking about how great they are and yet I don't feel like I actually got to know them.

And that was primarily the stumbling
MB Taylor
I finished reading Spiritwalk a week or so ago. No one does urban fantasy like de Lint; and few have been doing it longer. I’ve enjoyed all the books of his I’ve read that were originally published under his own name. Not exactly unqualified love, but what can I say? De Lint published 3 darker fantasies under the name Samuel M. Key; I’ve read two of them and they were OK, but I shelved the third, I'll Be Watching You (1994), after starting it a little while ago. It was just a little darker than ...more
Its a good mesh-up of Celtic and Native American myth... There were a couple of spots where, during the chapter change, the story seemed to jump from one time frame to another without explaination or whatever...a determined reader is capable of figuring out what's going on, but it is still jarring to be following the timeline of one character, and seeing the events through her eyes, and then suddenly she is somewhere/somewhen else in the story line and you're following a different character, wit ...more
Larry Wentzel
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Caitlin H
After looking through some reviews, it seems that Spiritwalk is meant to be two short stories & a novella. This wasn't indicated in the edition i read, & i wish it would have, because i read it as a novel, which only lead to it feeling extremely disjointed.

The confusion especially increases when the cast of characters is basically the same from one story to another. The first two deal with Emma's "gift" & the beings that are trying to steal it from her. The last narrative is about a
I started reading this, but struggled to get into it. The story should have been right up my street - a mysterious wood and house, legends of Merlin and Faeries all muddled together and lots of modern twists. However, I just couldn't get into it. This is the second in a series, but I don't think that was the problem - the author was careful to give backgrounds to the characters when it was needed, but subtly so as not to disrupt the flow of the storyline. I also liked the style - very lyrical an ...more
This early work by Master de Lint is wonderful, and although it's dubbed a sequel to Moonheart I'd say it only has a tenuous connection to that book. I would love to live in Tamson House, help tend the garden that's a border between the mundane realm and the Otherworld, hang out with the other eccentric denizens of the property, and connect more deeply with the magic there.
You know how some books start out as a collection of short stories or a couple of novellas and then the author blends them all together into a coherent whole? de Lint seems to have forgotten about that second step. I don't mind the breaks between stories nearly as much as the repetition of facts. A good short story should stand on its own, without doing a brain dump of context, so I didn't enjoy each story as a stand-alone piece because they didn't really stand alone. A good novel would weave al ...more
Not as much fun as Moonheart. This book was written as three or four short pieces, which were then put together into a novel. It still reads more like several sequential stories. I still enjoy the characters, but Spirit Walk lacks the freshness that Moonheart had.
As I have said before, I love Charles de Lint, but this is a relatively early work, a sequel to "Moonheart", but not directly written as such, being made up of pieces written for various books and magazines, only related through the house which is at the centre of both books. Unsurprisingly therefore it is not wholly coherent, but the main story is still fairly typical de Lint, albeit at the darker .end of his spectrum of work.
A collection of stories - including a novel-length story - centering on Tamson House and its inhabitants. Unfortunately, one of the main characters is the extremely unlikable Emma, most of whose thoughts and statements have to do with not being able to handle the incredible gift she's been given and how "things always happen to her." Blue is another character who doesn't have much complexity, despite being perhaps the most prominent character of these stories. But the biggest problem is that, wh ...more
Lucy Pollard-Gott
This is a sequel to de Lint's "Moonheart," one of his most popular books. However, I warmed to this collection--several short stories and a novella--more than I did to the original Moonheart, or rather, I appreciate Moonheart a little better now. This book has his trademark blend of urban sensibility, Native American myth, faerie magic, and companionable bohemian characters on the fringes of society, who are trying to figure out life and themselves. de Lint's books all make excellent bedtime rea ...more
Otis Campbell
Infernal spirit walk with me
Like a falling bird of purify
I look at my fate and face the eternal goddess
As the mist falls into the veins of the earth
My death becomes my real birth
As I recall (read this a few years ago) it was like cotton candy. Delicious at the time, left me with not much impression but a memory of sweetness.
It took me a bit to get the feel of this book. The story rambles and bit and jumps. As it goes forward all the pieces pull into place, but it is certainly not what I would call a light read. I did like it, though it did take a bit. And as much as I wanted the people in the story to be *more* they were just people. With a better understanding of the Other that exists in the world, and extraordinary abilities, but just people. Flawed, insecure, petty, and a little tragic. It is a lovely urban fata ...more
décevant Pas retrouvé ici la magie de Moonheart
Penélope Farías
awesome, dreamfull as always.
It's a long time since I've read Charles de Lint. I remember loving Greenmantle and Moonheart, but I found this very fragmented and unsatisfying. I note that it was nominated for an award for best collection, but the version I read was presented as a single story and it struggled in that context. Too many things appeared that assumed familiarity with earlier stories and I felt that the main story was going on just out of my reach; there was lots of discussion of things that had taken place which ...more
It wasn't as good as the first book. I felt like I was reading short stories instead of a sequel.
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