“Someplace to Be Flying” by Charles de Lint

This is my second book for the Once Upon a Time V challenge.  The novel, like most of Charles de Lint’s, is urban fantasy set in the fictional city of Newford.

In de Lint’s world, the animal people are shapeshifting spirits who have been on the earth since creation.  When Lily, a photographer, is attacked in an alleyway, she finds herself drawn into a conflict between the shapeshifters that has the potential to end the world.

De Lint is spectacular, as always, but I enjoyed Forests of the Heart a lot more.  This book had a lot of characters that didn’t really come together until almost the end of the book.  In fact, I found it hard to even decide whose story to focus on when I summarized the book, because there isn’t really a distinctive main character.  I really did enjoy it a lot; just not as much as other Charles de Lint novels.  If you’re new to Charles de Lint, you probably want to start out with a different novel and then progress to this one later.

However, I really loved how much of the Crow Girls that we see in this book.  Maida and Zia are two punky mischievous tomboys who live in a tree, like eating sugar, and happen to be Crow spirits who helped to create the world.  They kind of remind me a bit of my little sisters.  Seeing so much of the Crow Girls alone makes the book worth reading.

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6 thoughts on ““Someplace to Be Flying” by Charles de Lint

  1. I just bought one I’m really curious about called “Woolf Moon”. Seems a bit different from his other books and very different from the usual werewolf books. I hope to get to it soon.

  2. I started reading this one for the challenge last year then got sidetracked. I need to get back to it because I did enjoy the part I read and I LOVE the Crow Girls.

  3. Cool! I’ll add that to my list. Have a great weekend!

  4. Hi Grace! I haven’t read any Charles de Lint. Which novel would you suggest to start with? Thanks!

    • I would suggest “Forests of the Heart.” I’m reading his novels in a rather hodgepodge order, but I think that one did a really good job of framing de Lint’s concept of magic.

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