An aristocrat returns to claim his family’s estate, enthralling the wildly different daughters of his neighbor.
Author: Patricia A. McKillip
A family his sorceress mother concealed and a need for adventure send Pierce Oliver on his own quest. One that leads to destiny, a grail quest, and love.
An anthology of sixteen short stories about fey, magic, and fairytales with an introduction by Charles de Lindt and an essay on what inspires McKillip.
A fairy tale for adults…and, no! I don’t mean sex. In 2009, Song for the Basilisk was nominated for the Tähtifantasia Award, and in 1999, it was nominated for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. My Take A typical McKillip with its lilting, poetic, jewel-like phrases richly packed with tension and description. My one issue with this story is that McKillip keeps skipping chunks. I spent more time than I wanted trying to figure out what was happening in various parts of the story. I was also irritated with how stupid Hexel was in his final opera. He already hates the prince and he knows the story. Um, but it’s just dawned on me that I had insider knowledge…oops… So, actually it was perfectly reasonable for Hexel to create a story that so perfectly parallels Caladrius’ adventures. There were a number of elements within Song for the Basilisk that seemed lifted from other of McKillip’s stories: Quest of the Riddlemaster, Alphabet of Thorn, Od Magic, and Bards of Bone Plain. Not a complaint really, just a feel of the same ‘ol, same ‘ol. I did appreciate Giulia’s frustration with Damiet’s obsession with colors. What serious musician actually worries about […]
An omnibus of fifteen fairy tales given a twist by McKillip
Brenden Vetch knows gardens, the innate properties of plants, and he has no interest in any other power. But the king fears wizards who run unchecked. For good reason.
All Nepenthe knows of the world is through the documents brought to her for translation. Then a young mage gives her a book no one can translate. A language of thorns.
Brimming with secrets and ghosts, the wicked regent will find Ombria a resistant city, even as she throws all that was precious to the prince to the streets.
A conflicted princess fascinated with an archeology dig, a student bard without focus, and a disenchanted immortal unite to fight off a bardic evil.
A grieving prince triggers a curse that means nothing, until it means everything. A forced remarriage, enticement into a sideways world, and no hope of return unless he desires it.