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To Weave a Web of Magic [Paperback]

Patricia A. McKillip , Sharon Shinn , Claire Delacroix
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425196151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425196151
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 13.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,221,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first romance, a medieval called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE, in 1992. Since then, she has published more than forty-five romance novels and numerous novellas in a wide variety of sub-genres. She also has written under the names Claire Cross and continues to write as Deborah Cooke. THE BEAUTY, part of her successful Bride Quest series, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies, and is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels. She makes her home in Canada with her husband and family. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars one great, 3 okay stories 16 Nov 2005
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I loved The Tale of Two Swords - read it straight through again once I'd finished. Being a sucker for a love story and a bit of magic this is a lovely story. The style reminded me of both Patricia McKillp and Robin McKinley. I shall search out this author's other work. Fallen Angel - interesting idea, but the story was predictable really, An Elegy for Melusine - interesting, but not a happy tale. Lastly, Patricia McKillip's The Gorgon in The Cupboard - the reason I bought this book. I love all Ms McKillip's books having started with the Riddle Master series many moons ago. This is a good story, I liked her characters as always, and hey - it has a happy ending! These are stories for the ladies - I can't see many blokes enjoying these.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars one star for kurland 4 Jun 2008
By j.m.s - Published on
I got this primarily because Lynn kurland's story was the prequel to her Star of the Morning fantasy/romance triligy. I would have been happier if Lynn had put the short story on her website or let us download it or something because paying 14 for this leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes I think publishers ask writers to contribute to an anthology because of their name alone and Not on whether they have any talent for short story writing. Lynn does, as she's proven time and again, but the others don't have a clue.

Lynn's story is very much like her longer books: cheery, clever with likeable characters and a plot that leaves you smiling at the end.

Patricia's story, I have to admit, I didn't finish. When the main character (an artist whose lusting after his good friends wife) paints a mouth on an unfinished painting that everyone would 'know' was the wifes and it starts talking to him, I stopped reading. It was just too creepy for me.

Sharon's story wasn't...too bad. It wasn't all that good either. First off, it's a story about teenagers. The main characters are 18 and 20. And both of them aren't particularly mature for their ages. It took me a few pages to figure out that this is a parallel universe story in which angels are just another race on earth. Most of the story revolves around the political situation and family tensions of the girl. Occaisionally the male angel pops in (this pretty much qualifies as the 'romance' in the story). It was boring, lack-luster, frustrating and read more like an introduction prologue than a story all it's own.

Claire Delacroix's story was dark, depressing and creepy. I'm not sure when would be a good time to read this story as it would bring you down if you were happy and make you want to just curl up in a ball if you were depressed. There's no real romance in this fey story and-tiny spoiler here-no happy ending. What I found really odd was how in the beginning of the story two women are talking about what happened in the 'legend', then the heroine appears to tell them the 'real' story. Except...the story is pretty much what happened when the two women told it. There wasn't a whole lot of difference. And I really didn't like what happened with the children. They were innocent in the whole thing. As was the man, really, since what happened was an accident. It was just really weird, creepy and disturbing.

So, In a nutshell. Rent it from the library or buy it just for Lynn's story.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars four well-written romantic fantasies 6 July 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Patricia McKillip. Artist Harry Waterman feels like a failure because he lacks a muse to motivate him. That changes when Medusa calls him from a painting he drew. She plans to inspire him by pointing to a model Jo who vanished.
Lynn Kurland. Using a cloaking spell, part Elfin Maher flees from her father because she refuses to wed her sire's choice of a spouse for her. Her father Robert wants to forge an alliance with Hagarth through his daughter. She refuses and seeks the help of King Harold to learn how to use a book of spells she possesses. However, her father insists she is a valuable asset to further his ambitions.
Sharon Shinn. In Samaria, Jesse the fallen angel desires the young Manadavvi woman who returns his love. However, her mother insists her family is too important to have her marry a loser insisting the daughter will wed into a wealthy family or the next Archangel.
Claire Delacroix. An elderly woman overhears two gossips discuss Melusine, a demon who chose to live in the mortal world to cast her evil influence on Raymond who she married and had ten children with him. The old woman informs the two women that Melusine came to this world out of love for Raymond. Is she a malevolent devil or a female in love?
All four well-written romantic fantasies contain solid lead characters though in a couple of the tales the antagonist pales in comparison. Sub-genre fans will appreciate the quartet as all fun to read.
Harriet Klausner
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I read a different book? 28 July 2004
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Because Claire Delacroix and (especially) Lynn Kurland have been two of my very favorite authors for many years, I had been waiting many long months in anticipation of the release of this book. I was so very, very disappointed. To be totally honest, the first story (The Gorgon in the Cupboard by Patricia A. McKillip) was the only story I read in its entirety. And that was only because I forced myself. As for the other three, I read as much as I possibly could of each one, but refused to force myself to finish them, since reading fiction is supposed to be an enjoyable pasttime. (You should know that I am an avid reader who very rarely wastes a book by not finishing it.) The thing these four stories have most in common is that they make the reader feel like they came in in the middle of the story, and were never given enough information to catch up, get truly immersed in the story, or feel like they were part of the story. If I could give it a zero star rating, I would. But since I do not have that option, I assign it one star. I guess the only favorable thing I can say is that the book did have a pretty front cover.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You need to like both fantasy and romance 13 Dec 2004
By Shimmertje - Published on
It's easy to get misled by the cover, which says these are stories of fantasy and romance. People will buy the book for either the fantasy or the romance, or perhaps both, and be disappointed that it's not all of one or the other, or a mix.

I'm familiar with Delacroix and Kurland from the romance world, McKillip and Shinn from the fantasy world, and didn't expect McKillip and Shinn to be writing the romance stories, and Delacroix and Kurland to attempt something more in the fantasy side of things.

I liked the snappy conversation from the Gorgon (McKillip), though yeah, it's pretty unbelievable that the hero manages to call her up from practically nothing. And it would've been really nice if they did live happily ever after.

Kurland's story is not her usual fare, and I'm not surprised at the one-star ratings for her. The fairytale mode did pall, and more emphasis could've been placed on the 'present' instead. I did like the ending, though I'm not sure how sequels (this story is stamped 'prequel' all over) will read.

You really need to have read Shinn's angel series to appreciate her story. It's not supposed to be blasphemous and is a welcome addition to the entire series.

Delacroix' Melusine story was my least favourite. It was a good attempt at dark fantasy but entirely too depressing and I wanted happy endings.

Romance readers are likely to be disappointed that the stories don't follow the usual 'and they met their princes and lived happily ever after' formula, but keep an open mind.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 21 Sep 2004
By January twin - Published on
I found all the stories in this book to be way below each of the writer's usual standards, especially Lynn Kurland's. I have read every book she has written and really enjoyed them. Her story does not come anywhere close to any of her previous novels or short stories. It is flat and the ending doesn't conclude the story or satisfy the reader. I wish I hadn't even read it and I feel I wasted my money buying the book. The other stories were dumb.
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