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The Bell at Sealey Head Hardcover – 2 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; 1 edition (2 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441016308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441016303
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.6 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
A crumbling mansion with doors to another world, a small seaside town, and a mysterious bell that tolls every day at sunset where no bells are.

With that to describe it, it's no wonder that "The Bell At Sealey Head" is a book by Patricia A. McKillip, spinner of hauntingly lyrical fantasies. And her newest book is no exception -- an exquisite magical mystery full of humour, secret doors, and a sorcerous power that is creeping into Sealey Head.

A mysterious scholar -- Ridley Dow -- comes to Judd's run-down inn one day. He's come there to search for the magical bell that tolls every night.

Elsewhere in Sealey Head, Judd's childhood friend (and love interest) Gwyneth is fending off a boring suitor when she isn't spinning magical tales about that same bell. And up at Aislinn House, Lady Eglantine is dying, and her housemaid Emma is opening magical doors into another world -- a parallel Aislinn house, where the princess Ysabo is caged in a realm of mindless rituals and fearful traditions.

But things begin to change as Lady Eglantine's heir, Miranda Beryl, arrives with her friends and servants, and Ridley Dow's investigations take him into the magical other world. Someone strange and magical is lurking in the town, and old books and half-forgotten legends slowly unveil the sorcerer that cast a spell on the other Aislinn House...

There are actually two magical worlds in "The Bell At Sealey Head" -- one is a coastal town of tree houses, briny ships and folkloric mysteries. The other a dreamlike tangle of crows, rituals and spellbound knights, stuck in traditions with no meaning. It's a credit to McKillip's writing ability that she can make both worlds come alive, in their different ways.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
Every night right before the sun sets, an unseen bell rings throughout the village of Sealey Head. Although most people ignore it, the younger residents all want to know its mystery.

Believing the stories some say of the bell ringing from the faerie realm at the sight of a tragic shipwreck, a young man named Ridley Dow, who recently moved into town, decides to look into the mystery. Along the way, he meets Judd Cauley, son of an aging lighthouse keeper; Judd's girlfriend, Gwyneth Blair; and the heir to the Aislinn House, Miranda Beryl.

As Lady Eglantyne, the ancient matron of the house, lays dying, the four decide to unravel the mystery of the bell and the house that has a habit of creating enchanted rooms filled with things of its past. As they uncover the truth, however, they realize the two (the bell and the house) are linked - and the end result will be disastrous for the village of Sealey Head.

Can the four friends find a way to save their town, or will life as they know it be destroyed?

THE BELL AT SEALEY HEAD is a great action-filled fantasy adventure for fans of mythology and paranormal things. The characters are quirky, entertaining, and fun to follow. The plot is well-developed and holds the reader's interest. Those who like fantasy, mysteries, and fiction filled with myths and faeries will enjoy reading this book.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By corvidae25 on 15 Jun. 2013
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Not as enthralling as her 'deeper' work, nonetheless, this is a good tale, told well and has a little bit of a twist... Unlike some of her other work, this really did feel American to me (okay, I'm English, but I didn't get that with The Riddlemaster trilogy, for example), which wasn't a problem, just an interesting flavour.
Nice reading for young teens.
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