April 13, 2017
Trader by Charles de Lint
Author: Charles de Lint
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Newford, Book 5
Synopsis: Max Trader is a luthier, a maker of guitars. Johnny Devlin is chronically unemployed. Trader is solitary, quiet, responsible. Devlin is a lady-killer, a drunk, a charming loser.
When they inexplicably awake in each other's bodies, Devlin gleefully moves into Trader's comfortable and stable existence, leaving Trader to pick up the pieces of a life he had no part in breaking.
Penniless, friendless, homeless, Trader begins a journey that will take him beyond the streets of Newford to an otherworld of dreams and spirits, where he must confront both the unscrupulous Devlin and his own deepest fears. This is a novel of identity, an adult coming-of-age story in which a man discovers his own hidden strengths with the aid of a strange and wonderful community of unexpected friends...and of a beautiful musician who is willing to follow him beyond the boundaries of the world.
Review: There is a reason Mr. de Lint is called 'a master of urban fantasy'. He is that and so much more. He makes you believe, which is really pretty incredible.
This series is long and I love it. It is one of those series that you can read a book and stop, then pick the next book up later and not be lost. You cannot possibly forget the stories. They are just thoroughly wonderful and scary and seem so very real.
This author is on my top five list of authors. I can't give this book anything but perfect marks. It read like a dream and left me wishing there were another 400 pages to read.
Rating: 10 / 10