The Weirdstone of Brisingamen CD-Audio
by Alan Garner
Part of the Complete Classics S. series
The heart of the magic was sealed with Firefrost, the Weirdstone of Brisingamen...should Nastrond destroy the stone, then the magic will die away.
When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, the Wizard - Cadellin Silverbrow - takes them to safety deep in the caves of Fundindelve.
Here he watches over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights, awaiting the fated hour when they must rise and fight.
But the Weirdstone of Brisingamen is lost and the forces of evil are closing in.
The children realise that they are the key to its return, but how can they defeat the powerful magic of the Morrigan and her deadly brood.
First published in 1960, four decades before "Harry Potter", Alan Garner's novel of magic and wizards has endured and become a modern classic of children's literature.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
- Publication Date: 01/03/2006
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9789626343968
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Review by Sile
Colin and Susan are sent to stay with their mother's nurse in Alderley Edge and while exploring the landscape, as children are wont to do, they become embroiled in an age-old conflict and the adventure begins. Alan Garner weaves together myth, folkore and landscape in a wonderful children's tale. Although Garner takes great pains to describe landscape and the feeling it invokes in the characters, the characterisation of the various players in the tale is somewhat absent apart from what we learn from their actions. As the tale is aimed at children, this is not really a drawback as imagination is brought into play and attributes can be allocated to each character as desired. As an audio version, and not having read the actual book, I was pleased with the choice of Philip Madoc as narrator. Different voices were employed, as well as accents though these might seem very out of place in modern-day Alderley Edge which has a rather different populace from that of when the book was penned. I found Mr Madoc's voice rather soothing, though he held my attention throughout.As an adult I enjoyed the tale, and, as a youngster I would relished the book and it would have become a firm favourite.