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De Lint's first adult fantasy novel in eight years weaves a rich tapestry of story with classic CdL elegance.

Young Thomas Corn Eyes sees into the otherworld, but all he wants to do is get off the rez. Steve Cole escaped from his rock star life to disappear into the desert and mountains. Fifteen-year-old barrio kid Sadie Higgins has been discarded once too often. Blogger Leah Hardin needs to leave Newford, come to terms with the loss of her best friend, and actually engage with her life. When these lives collide in the Hierro Maderas Mountains, they must struggle to escape their messy pasts and find a way to carve a future for themselves. They don't just have to learn how to survive. They have to learn how to fly.

©2017 Charles de Lint (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • Anna
  • 22-09-2017

Beautiful and Heartening

Some book you read to stretch your intellect, and some you read to expand your heart. This novel falls in the latter category. The Wind in His Heart is a balm to the soul. This is a story about kindness, about freedom, and about the mysterious forces that move the world. The characters are well-drawn and so real you'd like to buy them a cup of coffee, or maybe sit around a campfire and listen while they play some tunes in the desert night. The plot moves along at a gentle, easy pace, neither too fast nor too slow, with plenty of action to keep the pages moving.The narration is spot-on; Tom Stechschulte's voice has gravel and grit, so fitting for a story that takes place mostly in a desert, and he voices the different accents of the characters well. Altogether, a beautiful story that I can't recommend highly enough.

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  • Tina
  • 28-09-2017

Finally a new de Lint!! Wonderful! I

I have been reading Charles de Lint for more than 30 years. I recommend him to everyone. The lessons are woven deep into the thread of the stories. Hearing them instead of reading lets my eyes wander and look for the magic. A great story teller.

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  • C. Nottingham
  • 08-06-2018

Desert fantasy from the master of urban fantasy

Another wonderful trip with De Lint. Familiar, but new. I love De Lint's books and this was no exception. I'm not a fan of the desert, but this book makes it more appealing than I thought possible. It's fun to go to an entirely diff r entry place in this book, but it is also comfortably familiar. I'm happy I listened!

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  • Rosemary Hoff
  • 19-11-2020

ExcelMasterful story and performance - authentic & highly entertaining

I should start by saying that I lived for 20 plus years in Native villages in Alaska. I also spent time on Reservations in the lower 48 and have personally known several Native American shaman, some of them medicine women. So this book The wind in his Heart was a great and very pleasurable story. Not many people who are non-native can write in such an authentic voice in ways that connect so well with Native culture. There is a distinctive thread of Native style humor that runs through the entire storyline. The plot and setting is well crafted and the characters seem real...a special talent this author seems to have mastered early in his writing career. The two mains characters are a white guy and a young Native guy...most of the other characters are Native. I loved the story and the narrator was a perfect fit for this highly entertaining fantasy!

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  • newmoon
  • 24-09-2017

Oh, how I have been waiting for this!

Beautiful story, spot on narration, everything I love about Charles de Lint and then some!

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  • will crow
  • 05-03-2020

oddly enough

I've read more than one of Charles' works and they all seem to have spunky, Juno type girls with beyond their years attitudes and smarts if not wisdom. I find it irksome the character gets revamped into various teenage nymphets with cool names and hep cat buddhist outlooks. Maybe it's the overall assumption that everyone's riding a particular intelligence wave of understanding, the curtain is pulled back by the author and most of the characters are in on it, but one or two get educated along with the reader who is clearly dim and struggling to imagine a world where people have more than one dimension.
I'm challenged to find this unique in his works, there's hipster vampires and people nodding in sagacity at the universe next door, it's annoying when 'we' are all on this side, so cool, so smart and deep, and the 'real problem' is those people over there who only see the material world.
Sexy fox women with horns and tales and shape shifting, time bending, space travelers we'll all come to understand in time and for now, we just lay it all out there cool, and smooth and in harmony. It's too hip, too slick, too much the way some doofus 'who could care less' teenager would write a story about amazing and fantastic magical beings and happenings.
if we're all supposed to just nod our heads and accept the mystical and magical and out of this world events then nothing's really wonderful about it. It's everyday occurrence is banal, drab, passe.
And while i don't want to read a book about natives in the depths of alcoholism and poverty, while i don't want to explore the inequity and racism that surrounds these reservations, some sense of reality does have to creep in when we're talking about real places and made up people.

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  • L. Nehring
  • 21-03-2019

a magical fable, read wonderfully

I have always loved de lint's storytelling. this is yet another tale that transported me. so many surprises, such heart... and the narration was perfect!

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  • Kiela Dawn
  • 30-05-2021

Misogyny at it's finest

I have delighted in De Lint's past work, and eagerly anticipated his new release. However I am so disappointed that I am not going to finish. These are empty, stereotyped characters without natural behavior or depth. His story holds a lot of promise, but it's not ok for aging white men to romanticize the magical lives of indigenous people' on the rez. He has no understanding of abuse dynamics, or of troubled teenaged girls, and has no business writing about them in such a degrading manner. He reinforces a sterotype that does a tremendous amount of real-life harm. He goes so far as to have a teenaged girl faslely accuse a faded rock star of rape. In the light of all the Missing and Murdered Women, Indigenous women in particular, who are being systematically raped and killed by white men, this fiction is more than impolite. It is degrading to marginalized people who are worthy of our respect for their struggle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-2021

Love de Lint

Beautiful character development and engaging story. DeLint never disappoints me-wonderful creativity and always a feeling of hope.

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  • Bruce
  • 21-01-2021

No regrets

I usually listen to shorter books, but I have no regrets for the hours spent here. Many stories with multiple threads can lead to confusion, but de Lint wove them together with great clarity. I felt the personalities could have been mere stereotypes, but he fleshed them out as individuals. I am just wondering if there has been any complaint against de Lint of cultural appropriation.

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  • Janeyann Is
  • 28-01-2019

Just loved it

The narration was perfect. A soothing listen but the plot kept me totally engrossed and I feel enriched by the experience of hearing the story. Wholeheartedly recommend

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  • jtroup
  • 12-11-2019

To the master char!we 're lint

Amazi?by couldn't stop listening I was there more books from the master please can't stop

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  • God of Gnomes
  • 01-11-2019

Heart and Soul

It is with a sense of longing and a little emptiness that I finish this wonderful read. I genuinely looked forward to listening to it as I walked the dogs.... Narrated by a Native American, this is a story of acceptance and redemption told in the wide open wild spaces of America, with a cast of Spirits, humans, tricksters, gods and animals.... As with all De Lint's work.... It is both prosaic and present all at the same time.... With a big message, told softly as If round the fire.... And only for those with the heart to listen.....
Stay Strong, Dream True and Walk Tall...... Indeed.

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  • HelenS
  • 07-10-2017

Heartwarming contemporary fantasy

This has been one of those rare stories that will probably stay with me for days and that I'll come back to again and again. It may sound corny but it not only touched my heart but also my spirit. Thank you Charles De Lindt. I'm off to check out more of your wr

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