Author: Patricia A. McKillip

Book Review: Patricia A. McKillip’s Song for the Basilisk

Book Review: Patricia A. McKillip’s Song for the Basilisk

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 […]

Posted December 14, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments