There are so many things we have never heard of, you and I, and yet they are true....
The hardcover edition of Forests of the Heart was published by Tor Books in June 2000. The Canadian distributor for Tor Books is H.B. Fenn and Co., Ltd. The trade paperback will be available August, 2001 from Tor and H.B. Fenn in North America. The British edition was published by Orion under their Gollancz imprint in July 2001.
Forests of the Heart is set in Newford and environs, as well as Tucson, AZ, and the spiritworld. It deals with Latin American healers, displaced Irish genius loci, winter, creativity and other seemingly unrelated elements. While a few old friends make cameo appearances, the cast's main characters are all new.
"This book does what the best mythic fiction should do: it makes the reader look at the real world in a whole new way."
In the Old Country, they called them the Gentry: ancient spirits of the land, magical, amoral, and dangerous. When the Irish emigrated to North America, some of the Gentry followed...only to find that the New World already had spirits of its own, the manitou.
Now generations have passed, and the Irish have made homes in the new land, but the Gentry still wander homeless on the city streets. Gathering in the shadows, they bide their time and dream of power. As their dreams grow harder, darker, fiercer, so do the Gentry themselves - appearing, to those with the sight to see them, as hard and dangerous men, invariably dressed in black.
Bettina can see the Gentry, and knows them for what they are. Part Indian, part Mexican, she was raised by her grandmother to understand the spirit world. Now she lives in wintry Kellygnow, a massive old house run as an arts colony on the outskirts of Newford, a world away from the Southwestern desert of her youth. Outside her nighttime window, she often spies the dark man, squatting in the snow, smoking, brooding, waiting. She calls them los lobos, the wolves, and stays clear of them - until the night one follows her into the woods, and takes her hand...
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