The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner [Review]

Alan Garner is an author I’d never really heard of until a few years ago, and my only attempt to read on of his books last year (The Owl Service) ended when I just couldn’t get into the book and gave up after only 50 pages or so.

But this year is the 50th Anniversary of this his first book, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, and the publisher Harper Collins sent me the paperback of it and the sequel a couple of weeks ago and after seeing almost universal love for the book I was more than prepared to give him another go.

Then, they went and sent me the gorgeous special edition hardback. And well what was I supposed to do? 😉

Brother and sister Colin and Susan are sent to live with an old friend of their mother’s for six months whilst she joins their father overseas.

They soon get to exporing the woods and moors surounding the farm on which they are staying, they encounter a strange woman at the gates to the farm, and later an old wizard called Cadellin.

Cadellin, tells the children about the company of 140 sleeping knights he overseas, deep under Alderly. Waiting out the centuries until they are once again needed. And of the missing Wierdstone, a jewel linked to the magic that bound the knights to their task in the first place.

Susan realises that the small teardrop gem from her bracelet, a bracelet that was handed down to Susan, through her mother’s freinds family, is the missing Wierdstone. Only before they can get word to Cadellin, its stolen.

So they set out to find it, and return it to the old wizard, before the evil that seeks to use it for their own nefarious ends, is able to do so.

It goes without saying that this is a journey that will be fraught with danger!

They soon get to exporing the woods and moors surounding the farm on which they are staying, they encounter a strange woman at the gates to the farm, and later an old wizard called Cadellin.

Cadellin, tells the children about the company of 140 sleeping knights he overseas, deep under ALderly. Waiting out the centuries until they are once again needed. And of the missing Wierdstone, a jewel linked to the magic that bound the knights to their task in the first place.

Susan realises that the small teardrop gem from her bracelet, a bracelet that was handed down to Susan, through her mother’s freinds family, is the missing Wierdstone. Only before they can get word to Cadellin, its stolen.

So they set out to find it, and return it to the old wizard, before the evil that seeks to use it for their own nefarious ends, is able to do so.

It goes without saying that this is a journey that will be fraught with danger!

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, is a proper old style fantasy, with wizards, dwarves and elves, mixed in with loads of local mythology. Reading it was like wrapping yourself in a favourite old quilt in front of the fire on a Sunday afternoon. 🙂 One of the things I noticed when reading it, was just how nice it was to read a fantasy novel, without an overwrought love affair/triangle getting in the way! 😉

Many thanks to Harper Collins for sending me this one, I had a wonderful couple of days reading it. 🙂

Buy: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner from The Book Depository.


Or, as Harper Collins also sent me a copy of the paperback version, I don’t need, you could enter my contest to win it! 😀

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17 thoughts on “The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner [Review]

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  • October 29 at 8:22 pm
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    Oh yes please count me in, I also gave up on The Owl Service but I think I was too young for it when I read it, would love to give this one a go! Thanks 🙂

  • October 29 at 6:37 pm
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    I’ve not read any of his books but do love a good old fashioned fantasy so this one may well find itself on my bookshelf sometime soon 😉
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  • October 28 at 1:00 pm
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    Looking forward to a new read.

  • October 27 at 8:41 pm
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    Can`t beat a good fantasy book – thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

    Simon.

  • October 27 at 4:28 pm
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    My daughter has always enjoyed reading Garner’s fantasy novels so please include me in the draw.

  • October 26 at 7:55 pm
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    Hi, great review, I’m not 100% sure whether I’ve read this book, but i have read and re-read Alan Garner’s Elidor. I loved it when i was 10 and still love it now.
    I’d love to be entered into this competition please.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win

  • October 24 at 5:20 pm
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    Oh, I haven’t heard of this book, but I’d love to read it!!
    Thanks for this opportunity!

    yvantis[at]hotmail[dot]com

  • October 24 at 2:41 am
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    I’d love to read this. It sounds fantastic. Thanks for the chance!

  • October 23 at 3:39 pm
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    OOh fantastic give away – haven’t read this book in such a long time. I would love a chance to re-discover this book

    Thanks

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  • October 23 at 8:55 am
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    I loved these books when I was a kid, I’ve just reread Elidor. Really magical

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  • October 21 at 10:58 pm
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    How funny, I’ve just read this myself! But I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it because I am a lazy blogger 😛 I also read it because of the 50th anniversary – I didn’t get a fancy hardback (sniff 😉 ), but I had the chance to visit a commemorative exhibition in Chester, and that inspired me to pick it up. Like you I enjoyed it a whole lot, but not quite as much as The Owl Service, I have to say 😉
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    • October 24 at 6:18 pm
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      Unfortunately I couldn’t get in to The Owl Service when I tried to read it after your review… 😐

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