Author: Alan Garner, 1960. Introduction, 2010.
Genre: Children;s Classic Fantasy.
Other Details: Hardback. 50th Anniversary Edition. 320 pages.
When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, they are saved by the Wizard. He takes them into the caves of Fundindelve, where he watches over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights. But the heart of the magic that binds them – Firefrost, also known as the Weirdstone of Brisingamen – has been lost. The Wizard has been searching for the stone for more than 100 years, but the forces of evil are closing in, determined to possess and destroy its special power. Colin and Susan realise at last that they are the key to the Weirdstone’s return. But how can two children defeat the Morrigan and her deadly brood? - synopsis from UK publisher;s website.
I first read this amazing novel around the age of 10, not that long after it was first published. It made an immediate impact on me as I was drawn into the children's quest and especially their journey through the mines that became the stuff of nightmares for me. The entire novel was woven into my interior landscape and it has remained one of the most memorable books from childhood.
It has been many years since I last read it and there is always a fear with reading books that meant so much to a younger self that it would not hold up to time. Yet this tale certainly retained the magic and transported me once more to Alderley Edge. I plan to read the other books in this trilogy, including the recently published Boneland.