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Into the Green

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,814 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
The harp was a gift from Jacky Lanter's fey kin, as was the music Angharad pulled from its strings. She used it in her journeys through the kingdoms of Green Isles, to wake the magic of the Summerblood where it lay sleeping in folk who had never known they had it.

Harping, she knew, was on third of a bard's spells. Harping, and poetry, and the road that led . . .

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 5th 2001 by Orb Books (first published 1993)
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Dec 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I’m not entirely sure what I thought of Into the Green. I read it in one go, which normally indicates a pretty good book, but I’m not overwhelmed by it, thinking back. I liked the imagery and the idea of ‘going into the green’, the set up, the world… but I tend to be most strongly drawn by characters, and none of the characters here really got me. I finished it yesterday and I actually just struggled to remember the protagonist’s name (Angharad — I’m a little doubtful about taking someone who is ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing... I found myself wishing the book were longer or that there were a sequel because I enjoyed the world and the characters so much. (Perhaps there is a sequel? I don't know if he does them exactly although I have read some of his things which seem loosely related or based in the same mythology at least.)

I took something powerful away from this book. Probably I took away more than one but the thing that struck me as I was reading was about the relationship of iron and 'the green.' The boo
Aaron Carson
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I usually don't find Charles de Lint's novels magical enough for my taste, but this one served me well. I would definitely call it a memorable favourite, and rank it among the archetypal representations of my taste. De Lint makes music a force of magic and power in such a way that is believable. So believable in fact, that I began to feel like I was being enchanted everytime I listened to music, while reading the book. There were also some surprisingly imaginative elements in the book. I particu ...more
Nov 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Heard a lot about de Lint from T and found this one at the used bookstore down the street. Maybe not the best of de Lint's work- if not that impressed, but it is a quick read and I hope to be on to other of his works soon...
Dresden L.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Charles de Lint is my favourite author. However this book wasn't nearly as good as his other ones. It felt incomplete and rather like there should have been more. The beginning was great and the setting was marvelous, but then it went nowhere.
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Slow pacing at the beginning gives way to an otherwise well-paced and beautifully written story. This is what I think of when I hear the term "urban fantasy".
Jul 10, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I would have liked it better if it seemed more complete. I felt like the story wasn't quite finished for as rich a setting as he had created. I would probably like it better if there was a sequel.
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful fantasy tale by Charles de Lint. As always, I love the characters and how he weaves a story together so magically well.
H.D. Lynn
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Ala last time, I'll talk about my (spoiler) least favorite book first. Into the Green is classical Charles de Lint high fantasy. If you like Eyes Like Leaves, Into the Green is a similar (if slightly inferior) book. Angharad is Summerborn, and the story begins in tragedy when her tinker family (including father, mentor, and husband) all die of the plague. Angharad is the sole survivor, and the fae folk gave her a magic harp, which she names after her dead husband.Angharad is a thrice magical per ...more
Lauren Dushay
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Not my favorite Charles De Lint book, but excellent nevertheless. It starts off a little slow and reads like a collection of short stories about the same person. Apparently the first part of book was originally published as short stories in Sword and Sorceress, so that makes sense. The writing was lovely and once the plot picked up, it was good.
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“I'm not...' Angharad began, but then she thought. Not what? Not a bad person? Perhaps. But had she never known anger? Never held unkind thoughts? The stranger's observation was valid. No one was innocent of darkness.” 18 likes
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