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ISBN 9780006716747
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9780006742913
Published 31 January 1980 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Series Essential Modern Classics
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ISBN-13 9780006716747
ISBN-10 0006716741
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Lions
Publication Date 31 January 1980
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Garner, Alan
Series Essential Modern Classics
Category Science Fiction
Fantasy & Magical Realism
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 111mm
Height: 178mm
Weight 113g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress Children's stories
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

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US Review The finding is chance. Wasteland and boundaries, places that are neither one thing nor the other, neither here nor there - these are the gates of Elidor. For Roland Watson, Fog Lane, Manchester 20, and his older brothers and sisters, the gate is a gutted church on a demolition site, the fix between the two worlds is the music of a blind, lame fiddler who becomes Malebron, King of Elidor. From ancient prophecy, Malebron sees in the children the saviors of Elidor the means to bring light after long darkness. At his insistence - Think it. Force it with your mind - Roland imagines the door to the hidden Treasures that hold Elidor's fate, and the four retrieve them; to protect Elidor, they must take the Treasures back with them. The problem thereafter is two-fold: to conceal (and neutralize) the Treasures, which act as electric generators, disrupting television reception and setting off household appliances; to overcome the evil forces from Elidor bent on gaining possession of them and, ultimately, to return them safely to Malebron. Some of this is hilarious - the family facing an evening without TV, the stolid father confronting invisible forces - some is harrowing, but it rarely rises above the level of formula fantasy. The obvious weaknesses are a certain flatness of style and the lack of definition of character, the stillborn aspect of faerieland: we don't know Elidor or the children intimately enough to care what happens to them, nor to regret, in the case of the children, that they are little touched by the sum of their experiences. (Kirkus Reviews)

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