I was actually rather disappointed in this book. I'd had so many people tell me I just HAD to read Charles deLint if I was interested in Urban FantasyI was actually rather disappointed in this book. I'd had so many people tell me I just HAD to read Charles deLint if I was interested in Urban Fantasy. This was the first book I've read by him and although it hooked me right in the first paragraph, it became quite bogged down and getting through to the end took sheer effort for me. Where he really lost me was in the middle where he gets far too pedantic and preachy. I read fantasy to escape, not to be lectured. If this is what Urban Fantasy is all about, maybe I'm not as interested in it as I thought. Everything I have read so far that is classified in that category has turned me off.
The subject of this book, Jilly, has some real social issues she's dealing with and the whole book turns into an expose on the perils of child abuse, hatred, and pack mentality. All subjects I'd rather escape from than escape to. I have a couple of other deLint books in my "to read" pile that just got relegated to the bottom of the pile. Maybe if I'm desperate someday I'll give them a look. But for now, I think I'd rather visit interesting fantasy worlds where modern issues don't exist....more