The Wind in His Heart delivers everything I have grown to love in Charles de Lint stories. Like many of his best tales, this book embodies a sense of wonder of the world around us while making us believe there are other worlds very close by that we could step into, as his characters do, if only we just paid attention. As always, as much as the mythology he builds, it is the characters I loved the best. The Wind in His Heart tells a touching and magical tale from the points of view of a large cast of wonderful characters, all of whom are fully fleshed, very real and very human. De Lint is a master at juggling multiple points of view yet still managing to make the reader feel that they know each character. Better, you like spending time with these characters, most of whom have the classic de Lint traits of being harder on themselves than they need to be, of not seeing the inherent goodness in themselves that others see, including the reader. The Wind in His Heart is a wonderful, magical book that you will want to savour, filled with characters and a world you will not forget. (And as an added bonus to fans of his "Newford" stories, although this is *not* a Newford book, it has enough references to Newford characters to satisfy those readers.) Highly recommended.