Tag: Author: Patricia A. McKillip


Review: The Bell at Sealey Head

Posted 12 June, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Bell at Sealey Head
By: Patricia A. McKillip
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean, a sleepy place where everyone hears the ringing of a bell no one can see. On the outskirts of town is the one truly great house, Aislinn House, where the aged Lady Eglantyne lies dying, and where the doors sometimes open not to its own dusty rooms, but to the wild majesty of a castle full of knights and princesses…

I think it’s no secret at this point that in the past year or two I’ve been slowly accumulating Patricia A. McKillip novels and that I heart her novels so very much 🙂 It’s a different kind of fantasy than a lot of the grittier subgenre that’s been popular these days but deeply rooted in myth, the power of stories and the strength and character of individuals from all walks of life. The idea of a bell ringing that no one can see but everyone can hear is fascinating and eerie on some level, so I was looking forward to reading this title 🙂

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Review: Od Magic

Posted 30 April, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Od Magic
By: Patricia A. McKillip
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Brenden Vetch has a gift. With an innate sense he cannot explain to himself or describe to others, he connects to the agricultural world, nurturing gardens to flourish and instinctively knowing the healing properties each plant and herb has to offer. But Brenden’s gift isolates him from people—and from becoming part of a community. Until the day he receives a personal invitation from the wizard Od. She needs a gardener for her school in the great city of Kelior, where every potential wizard must be trained to serve the Kingdom of Numis. For decades the rulers of Numis have controlled the school, believing they can contain the power within it—and punish any wizard who dares defy the law. But unknown to the reigning monarchy is the power possessed by the school’s new gardener—a power that even Brenden isn’t fully aware of, and which is the true reason Od recruited him…

Okay, I wanted to hold off on reading this book because I wanted to savour the remaining Patricia McKillip books I haven’t read yet (right now it was this book and the Riddlemaster trilogy on my to-read shelf). But her books have a tendency of calling out to me, begging me to read them next. Plus the premise of the novel seemed rather fitting for the spring season as the main character has a gift for nurturing gardens and handling natural elements. So I gave in =P

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Review: The Book of Atrix Wolfe

Posted 22 April, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Book of Atrix Wolfe
By: Patricia A. McKillip
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Twenty years ago, the powerful mage Atrix Wolfe unleashed an uncontrollable force that killed his beloved king. Now, the Queen of the Wood has offered him one last chance for redemption. She asks him to find her daughter, who vanished into the human world during the massacre he caused. No one has seen the princess-but deep in the kitchens of the Castle of Pelucir, there is a scullery maid who appeared out of nowhere one night long ago. She cannot speak and her eyes are full of sadness. But there are those who call her beautiful.

Another Patricia A. McKillip read, yay! I admit, I initially wasn’t captivated by the premise of this novel when I first was checking out her books but a re-read of the book blurb some time ago changed my mind. I also read somewhere that this novel lent a lot from folklore so I was curious to see how the author used those elements into this story.

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Review: The Bards of Bone Plain

Posted 17 March, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 3 Comments

The Bards of Bone Plain
By: Patricia A. McKillip
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Eager to graduate from the school on the hill, Phelan Cle chose Bone Plain for his final paper because he thought it would be an easy topic. Immortalized by poets and debated by scholars, it was commonly accepted-even at a school steeped in bardic tradition-that Bone Plain, with its three trials, three terrors, and three treasures, was nothing more than a legend, a metaphor. But as his research leads him to the life of Nairn, the Wandering Bard, the Unforgiven, Phelan starts to wonder if there are any easy answers…

Continuing along in reading pretty much everything by Patricia A. McKillip, I picked up this novel. I’ve come across it many times whenever I’m browsing on The Book Depository and Amazon but I never got around to picking it up until more recently. Isn’t the cover so pretty? Contains some minor spoilers ahead!

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Review: Winter Rose

Posted 18 December, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Winter Rose
By: Patricia A. McKillip
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Sorrow and trouble and bitterness will hound you and yours and the children of yours…

Some said the dying words of Nial Lynn, murdered by his own son, were a wicked curse. To others, it was a winter’s tale spun by firelight on cold, dark nights. But when Corbet Lynn came to rebuild his family estate, memories of his grandfather’s curse were rekindled by young and old–and rumors filled the heavy air of summer. In the woods that border Lynn Hall, free-spirited Rois Melior roams wild and barefooted. And as autumn gold fades, she is consumed with Corbet Lynn, obsessed with his secret past…

As regular readers of my blog have noticed, I’ve been slowly getting around to Patricia A. McKillip’s books–from In the Forests of Serre (review) to Alphabet of Thorn (review), I’ve been highly enjoying her novels, the way she transports her readers to these fantastical, luscious worlds. I forgot how I ended up especially interested by this novel but I picked it up earlier this year. Having just finished my exams and the weather outside turning into a fully-fledged winter wonderland, this novel was perfect. Contains some spoilers ahead! (under a nifty new spoiler tag plugin I just downloaded for WP)

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