Book Review: The Mystery of Grace

Cover of "The Mystery of Grace"

Cover of The Mystery of Grace

The Mystery of Grace is the first of Charles de Lint‘s books explicitly set in the American Southwest, as opposed to visiting the Southwest briefly in the course of the plot.

I enjoyed The Mystery of Grace very much, but I was disappointed that it was more a straight ghost story, dealing with the reasons a soul might be stuck here on Earth after dying. I was hoping that de Lint would include more of the spirit world he visits in his other books, particularly the Newford books, but with a Southwestern flair.

Instead, I got the feeling that The Mystery of Grace could be set anywhere, it just happened to be set somewhere where the streets are dry and dusty and the buildings mostly one story tall and made of adobe.

Aside from those quibbles, this is a good book and I enjoyed it very much. It asks some important questions such as, What does it mean to have unfinished business?; Why would someone choose not to move on to the afterlife when s/he died?; and How much love is too much?

To answer the last one, love becomes too much when it stops being love and becomes clinging, when desire becomes restraint, and innocent people are involved. Read the book to find out who is the one who loves too much.

Four out of five stars.

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  1. Ooooh, I have to read this one. I’ve been on a Charles de Lint kick this summer.


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