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Jan 27 2014 1:00pm

Seven Wild Sisters (Excerpt)

Charles de Lint and Charles Vess

Seven Wild Sisters Charles de Lint Charles VessRead an illustrated excerpt from Charles de Lint and Charles Vess' new book Seven Wild Sisters, the sequel to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, out on February 4th from Little, Brown Books For Younger Readers.

When it comes to fairies, Sarah Jane Dillard must be careful what she wishes for. She may have thought she wanted to meet the fairies of the Tanglewood Forest, but that was before she knew the truth about them. When Sarah Jane discovers a tiny man wounded by a cluster of miniature poison arrows, she brings him to the reclusive Aunt Lillian for help. But the two quickly find themselves ensnared in a longtime war between rival fairy clans, and Sarah Jane's six sisters have been kidnapped to use as ransom. Her only choice is to go after them, and with the help of several mythical friends—from the Apple Tree Man to a cat called Li'l Pater—she'll have to find a way to untangle herself from the fairy feud before she and her sisters are trapped in their world forever.

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8 comments
Sol Foster
1. colomon
Err... Seven Wild Sisters was originally published in 2002. (And yes, if there's a connection, this means The Cats of Tanglewood Forest is a prequel.)

Other than the cover, is there anything different about this new edition?
rackhamtree
2. rackhamtree
Charles Vess here, for whatever reason I can't post using my name so now I'm 'Rackhamtree'.

Colomon, except for some slight tinkering the text is the same, HOWEVER there are 20 new pieces of art and ALL of the art (both the old & the new) is now presented in fully painted glory so that makes for a very different reading experience.
rackhamtree
3. Nicholas Winter
It's an absolutely charming ale that is made better by the illustrations by Vess as I've read the review copy I was sent by Little, Brown. I think it will appal equally the children and adults who enjoy a great story which draws strongly upon Appalachian folklore.

Medicine Road, the sort of sequel to Seven Wild Sisters, is is in print from Subterranean Press in hardcover and from Tachyon Press in a trade paper edition. It's highly recommended by me as it's one of the de Lint stories set in the desert Southwest USA where he setting his newer stories.
rackhamtree
5. Lilli Ann
I'm looking forward to reading these new editions, especially since I haven't read either story previously!
rackhamtree
6. ferretkona
I can not wait to read these stories. Top writer and illustrator.
rackhamtree
7. Rosalie Laird
I'm already hooked by the first excerpt. I think whether I win or not that I would like to read it anyway.
rackhamtree
8. westlinwind
Loved the old version of Seven Wild Sisters. The new illustrations are awesome.

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