A novel of myth and magic - on the streets and on the net...
Charles de Lint's Newford novels, loosely linked "tales"
with overlapping characters set in an imaginary modern
North American city, are tales of magic and myth afoot on
today's city streets. But at the center of every de Lint
story is the miracle of the human heart.
And at the heart of Spirits in the Wires are Saskia Madding
and Christiana Tree, both of whom are tied to perennial
Newford character, the writer Christy Riddell. Are either
Saskia or Christiana real? Christy's girlfriend, Saskia,
believes she was born in a Web site, while Christiana is
Christy's "shadow-self"--all the parts of him that he cast
out when he was seven years old.
At a popular Newford on-line research and library Web site
called the Wordwood, a mysterious "crash" occurs. Everyone
visiting the site at the moment of the crash vanishes from
where they were sitting in front of their computers. Saskia
disappears right before Christy's eyes, along with
Now Christy and his companions must journey into Newford's
otherworld, where the Wordwood, it transpires, has a
physical presence of its own...to rescue their missing
friends and loved ones and to set this viral spirit right
before it causes further harm.