Search Results: "Patricia A. McKillip"


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SOLSTICE WOOD by Patricia A. McKillip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"As always, McKillip writes sparely, with elegance and precision, and this time disguises her usual insufficiency of plot behind an annoying and disconcerting succession of first-person narrators."
A contemporary revisit to Lynn Hall (Winter Rose, 1996), the huge, decaying mansion surrounded by thick woods where the boundaries between our world and the magical Otherworld grow thin. Read full book review >

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THE SORCERESS AND THE CYGNET by Patricia A. McKillip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1991

"Winner of the World Fantasy Award, McKillip knows what so many other fantasy writers do not, or have forgotten: less is more."
McKillip's first adult fantasy since the ``Riddlemaster of Hed'' series: a subtle, well-crafted tale redolent of magic and mystery, in which mythic figures are made flesh, and mortals are conscripted for an otherworldly contest. Read full book review >

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KINGFISHER by Patricia A. McKillip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Fantasy lovers looking for a lighter touch amid all those vampires, zombies, werewolves, and industrial-strength malefactors will find this a refreshing change of pace."
A delicately wrought, twinkle-eyed fantasy from the accomplished author of The Bards of Bone Plain (2010, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD by Patricia A. McKillip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Like much of McKillip's work: gorgeous, evocative, and fragile."
Reissue of McKillip's 1974 fantasy tale of lost innocence; widely praised, sometimes extravagantly so, it won the 1975 World Fantasy Award. Read full book review >

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THE TOWER AT STONY WOOD by Patricia A. McKillip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2000

"To this talent and her fine characters she's recently added intricate, supple, satisfying plots (Song for the Basilisk, 1998, etc.): the upshot is mesmerizing and unforgettable—a true flowering of a major talent."
When Regis Aurum, King of Yves, marries the tall, pale, beautiful Gwynne of Skye, the old Bard of Skye warns Regis's greatest knight, Cyan Dag, to watch Gwynne carefully, especially when she dances. Read full book review >

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THE CYGNET AND THE FIREBIRD by Patricia A. McKillip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Rather a disappointment after previous high standards."
Not quite a sequel to The Sorceress and the Cygnet (1991), but set in the same intriguing fantasy world, and with some of the characters in common. Read full book review >

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OD MAGIC by Patricia A. McKillip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 7, 2005

"McKillip's hallmarks are charm and elegance, diminished here by busy, fussy plotting, lack of suspense and little expectation that the characters might solve their problems by their own efforts."
More enchantments and wonders from McKillip (The Tower at Stony Wood, 2000, etc.), here displayed in a tale where almost everybody forlornly carries secrets and sorrows they cannot share. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF ATRIX WOLFE by Patricia A. McKillip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1995

"But like the similarly charming The Cygnet and the Firebird, (1993), desperately short of plot even at this modest length."
When the warrior Prince Riven of Kardeth decided to attack Pelucir, the ancient mage Atrix Wolfe pleaded in vain with the prince to desist. Read full book review >

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WINTER ROSE by Patricia A. McKillip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"Tingling and affecting work; a vast shame, then, that—like previous McKillip offerings—the plot's too frail and underdeveloped to do justice to the delightful, delicate filigree of her prose."
Characteristically fresh, dainty fantasy from the author of The Book of Atrix Wolfe (1995), etc. Far-seeing, fey, independent Rois Melior spends much of the summer barefoot, roaming the woods about ruined Lynn Hall—until the estate's owner, Corbet, returns to claim his birthright. Read full book review >

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SONG FOR THE BASILISK by Patricia A. McKillip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Previous McKillip offerings (Winter Rose, 1996, etc.) have been charming, elegant wisps; this one, after a rather laborious start, presses forward with altogether more determination and substance: a significant improvement overall."
Once the city of Berylon was benevolently ruled by Raven Tormalyne, until his rival, the ambitious Arioso Pellior, the Basilisk, burned Tormalyne Palace. Read full book review >

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PURELY ROSIE PEARL by Patricia A. Cochrane
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Nonetheless, Cochrane demonstrates ease and confidence that elude many more experienced authors. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Rosie Pearl and her family are migrant farm workers during the Depression. Read full book review >