And, yet again, I return to Charles de Lint. “Moonheart” is a bit different from his other novels, though, in that it is set in Ottawa rather than Newford. There’s still a neat blend of Celtic and Native American mythology, but there is oh so much more.
The story starts out when Sara Kendall, who runs a junk shop, finds a medicine pouch in an old box. The pouch, among other things, contains a gold ring. Yes, you can see where this is going. The ring is magic. Duh. And of course there’s the inevitable facing-of-an-ancient-evil. There’s also time travel, and the zombie apocalypse. Well, not really the zombie apocalypse, but a bunch of main characters do get trapped in a mansion where they have to fend off monsters called the tragg’a, which I interpret as pretty much being a lot like zombies. In addition to the time travel and zombies, there are shapeshifters, ancient bards, druids, and Mounties.
All in all, it makes an awesome fantasy novel. Unlike a lot of fantasy authors, de Lint can actually write. There are a lot of traditional fantasy elements, but they are portrayed in a unique way and reinterpreted to the present day.
Side note on the zombie apocalypse: For some reason, pretty much every guy friend I have has a plan for the zombie apocalypse. Some of the plans are quite well thought out. However, it is sort of amusing that the CDC has a plan for the zombie apocalypse. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your tax dollars at work.