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A tale of Alderley. When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, they are saved by the Wizard. He takes them into the caves of Fundindelve, where he watches over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights. But the heart of the magic that binds them – Firefrost, also known as the Weirdstone of Brisingamen – has been lost. The Wizard has been searching for the stone for more than 100 years, but the forces of evil are closing in, determined to possess and destroy its special power. Colin and Susan realise at last that they are the key to the Weirdstone’s return. But how can two children defeat the Morrigan and her deadly brood?

"The Weirdstone of Brisingamen is one of the most important books in children’s fantasy. It has been an enormous inspiration to me and countless other writers, and is as enjoyable and fascinating now as it was when I first read it, wide-eyed and mesmerised at the age of ten." Garth Nix

"I devoured this book in one sitting – I couldn’t put it down, losing myself in both the story and the memories that it evoked of my own childhood. I think that this is a serious contender for the best children’s fantasy – certainly high or epic fantasy ever written, it is certainly the best I have been privileged to read. I acknowledge that others may not feel the same and might not get it – fair enough, after all, some people criticise Gemmell, Brooks, Lewis, Rowling – even Tolkien has people who just don’t buy into their work. But if you are a genuine fan of epic fantasy, get a copy of this book, read it and then share it with your children – they will never forget it." Stuart E Wise, Fantasy Book Review logo logo

Reader reviews

from Fitz


I never read this as a child, but as the third has just been released I decided to give these a go and maybe it's because I'm an adult and have read all sorts of fantasy, but I wouldn't say that these books are as good as the above reviewers think. Maybe you need the nostalgia of reading them as a child, and not to say that they're bad - the stories are very imaginative - but they're dated and both this and its sequel don't have a proper ending. They just stop, right at the climax of the book - it feels like a chapter is missing from the end of both, and I don't think enough time is spent on developing each character.

from Surrey


Thank you , thank you , THANK YOU! I have just returned to my childhood because this review reminded me of the title of this book. For 25 years I have been getting flashbacks to an amazing book I read at middle school, I could nevet remember the name of it,only Susan and Colin from the book. This book started my love of fantastic worlds and opened my uneducated eyes to the wonders of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Without this book I may have missed fantasy fiction all together and not read about Pug, Tyrion or Garion and all the other amazing feats of imigination authors have provided us with over the years. I will now be reading this to my 2 girls alongside other great children's books by Tolkien, Cooper, Rowling and Blyton, it's that good and it sits very comfortably by these authors and their works. I just wish I had not forgotten its name for so long...

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