By Charles de Lint
In the previous kingdom, they referred to as them the Gentry: historical spirits of the land, magical, amoral, and hazardous. while the Irish emigrated to North the US, a number of the Gentry followed...only to discover that the hot international already had spirits of its personal, known as manitou and different such names via the local tribes.
Now generations have handed, and the Irish have made houses within the new land, however the Gentry nonetheless wander homeless at the urban streets. accumulating within the urban shadows, they bide their time and dream of strength. As their desires develop more durable, darker, fiercer, so do the Gentry themselves--appearing, to these with the sight to determine them, as difficult and hazardous males, consistently wearing black.
Bettina can see the Gentry, and is familiar with them for what they're. half Indian, half Mexican, she used to be raised by means of her grandmother to appreciate the spirit global. Now she lives in Kellygnow, an enormous outdated condominium run as an arts colony at the outskirts of Newford, an international clear of the Southwestern wilderness of her adolescence. Outsider her evening window, she frequently spies the darkish males, squatting within the snow, smoking, brooding, ready. She calls them los lobos, the wolves, and remains away from them--until the evening one follows her to the woods, and takes her hand....
Ellie, an self reliant younger sculptor, is one other with magic in her blood, yet she refuses to think it, although she, too, sees the darkish males. an odd previous lady has summoned Ellie to Kellygnow to create a masks for her in line with an historical Celtic artifact. it's the masks of the mythic summer season King--another factor Ellie doesn't think in. but loss of trust will not dim the facility of the mast, or its dreadful intent.
Donal, Ellie's former lover, comes from an Irish relatives and is aware the reality on the middle of the previous myths. He thinks he can use the masks and the "hard males" for his personal reasons. And Donal's sister, Miki, a punk accordion participant, stands at the different aspect of the Gentry's conflict with the local spirits of the land. She understands that greater than her brother's soul is at stake. All of Newford is threatened, human and mythic beings alike.
Once back Charles de Lint weaves the mythic traditions of many cultures right into a seamless textile, bringing folklore, tune, and unforgettable characters to existence on sleek urban streets.