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Winter Rose [Paperback]

Patricia McKillip
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7 Nov 2002

They said later that he rode into the village on a horse the colour of buttermilk. But I saw him first - as a fall of light. And then as something shaping out of the light. So it seemed. There was a blur of gold: his hair. And then I blinked and saw his face more clearly...'

From that moment, Rois is obsessed with Corbett Lynn. His pale green eyes fill her thoughts and her dreams are consumed by tales of his family's dark past. Of son's murdering fathers, of homes fallen to ruin, and of a curse that, as winter draws in, is crawling from the frozen forest to engulf them all.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atom; Reprint edition (7 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904233074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904233077
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you like fantasy but think that there must be more to it than Tolkeinesque trilogies then perhaps this winter's tale of an eerie romance might be what you are looking for... a thoughtful, poetic read ... full marks for sheer originality (MYSHELF.COM)

Quite charming, evoking a poetic atmosphere which is almost hypnotic (SFX)

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A beautifully dark fairytale love story from the World Fantasy Award-winning novelist.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a winter frost, it slowly creeps over you 20 May 2007
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This is the second book by Mckillip that I have read. To a degree, there are many similarities. Firstly, her writing style remains the same. She pays much attention to nature and the relationship that some people create with it, and she is very dscriptive in all her metaphor and imagery. For the most part, this is a good thing, but there are times it felt that she may have been too descriptive; the story sometimes felt obscured by the overly lyrical writing.

The story is about a young girl, Rois. She lives in a small village, loving nothing more than to go barefoot into the woods and collect flowers and herbs for the local villagers. One day a stranger comes to the village, a young man called Corbet Lynn. She describes her first sighting of him as though she were in a dream, and from that moment on she becomes obsessed with him. For Corbet Lynn is not the same as others - he has returned to the village to claim his inheritance, Lynn Hall, decades after his father murdered his own father in the hall itself. Since that night, the family was cursed. So why has Corbet returned to claim the family home and, ultimately, the family curse? And why does Rois appear to not be able to let old ghosts lay?

This whole book is similar to being in a dream. As the plot thickens and progresses, the reader is given the feeling that the seams between reality and another world are being blurred. Perhaps it is partly due to McKillip's sometimes ardent use of imagery and metaphor, but there are times when you are not completely sure whether the charcaters are imagining things, dreaming things or just making them up. This book definitely felt more confused than the first one I read by her - THE CHANGELING SEA.

However, despite this, I do feel that this is a great book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful winter tale from a lyrical teller 6 Oct 2004
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I enjoyed Patricia McKillip's 'Winter Rose' immensely. In fact I only received it this morning and finished it in one day - I couldn't put it down.
If you like poetry and descriptions of nature which are breath-takingly beautiful, you will love this book. The story follows a unique protagonist, Rois, in a tale that weaves its way through love, the passages between worlds and the harsh trial winter imposes upon an agrarian community. The atmosphere of the novel is completely surreal, seeming to flit from reality to dreamscape in a seamless and lyrical way, which kept me wanting more until the very end.
McKillip's characters are believable and fascinating and the pace of the story is smooth, never dragging. As an aspiring writer myself, I hold nothing but admiration for the beautiful twists and turns of the language and the lasting imagery the author conjures from the written page.
Highly recommended in every sense, especially if you are looking for unconventional fantasy.
An original tale, superbly told. One can only be enriched by the experience!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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For some reason, the rating for "Winter Rose" has turned up surprisingly low. I loved this book. It was absolutely breathtaking, and I was immediately hooked, for the first sentence to the last one. McKillip blends the Tam Lin story line with fantastic elements that are distant and beautiful. The characters' emotions are made very real (particularly Rois') and the ending was more than I had expected it to be...only Patricia could have handled it the way it was handled. This book is page after page of wonder. Read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and elegant tale 7 Aug 1999
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In a richly symbolic and atmospheric retelling of the ballad, Tam Lin, a young girl is tangled up in an old curse involving several generations of a family who have dwelled in the old house in the woods. Rois is drawn into the mystery by her curiosity of the handsome Corbet Lynn, newest resident of the house. Dreams and gems and roses are twined throughout Winter Rose in beautiful image after image created by McKillip's gorgeously lyrical prose.
Not for everyone surely; ambiguous in bits and likely to bore a reader looking for a lot of action. However, for those who enjoyed Robin McKinley's Rose Daughter, this is the perfect read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A curious Rose, hunted by the Dead of Winter 15 May 2008
This is the sort of book that colours your world even after you've read it. Everything takes on a new and mysterious shade.

I couldn't put the book down once I had started it. It spoke to my heart and I had to know more. The language was, like the rest of McKillip's works, beautiful. I admire how she can spin them around and shape them into new life.

The story is about a young girl that is, to her family's sorrow, more forest then woman. And one day she sees a man walk out from light in the deep of the wood. And she drowns in the mystery that is him. What is he? From what world did he emerge? And what truth is there in all and the single curse that runs through his family? And as she hunts for the answers of his past, even her own is questioned.

I had fun with the fact that so many of the characters had names from flowers and trees. But since I'm not an English speaker, I never really could figure out just how to pronounce the head character's name. Rois. I keep reading it as Roys when it probably should be Rose.

It is a wonderful book and I do recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth perservering with!
I will admit that when I first read this book it bored me. It took me two goes to read it. But do you know what? Once I got through the first chapter it enchanted me. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and fascinating
I read this in one sitting, couldn't put it down ! The language is beautifully descriptive without being too much, and it's a unique twist on the Tam Lin tale. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2010 by B. Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful,haunting story
I read this book in one sitting, and was left wishing it would continue! It's a beautiful story which would appeal to anyone (young or old) who loves escaping to the world of... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2009 by Kristie Macknight
5.0 out of 5 stars Rois
She is a girl who doesn't fare well in winter. She longs for the forest to become alive again. Like the other reviewer said, she is unique protoganist, who's fascination with... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2005 by Mrs. N. L. Gill
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
It's a cute book. I had a lot of trouble reading it since I found all these grammatic things that didn't agree with what I had learned when I learned english grammar in school and... Read more
Published on 26 July 2003 by "zitsuk"
4.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Tale of Unrequited Love and the Curse of the Past
This haunting tale, both literally and figuratively, marks another wonderful entry into Patricia McKillip's world of Faerie. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enveloping Dream of a Book
McKillip's prose is brilliant, lyrical and unlike anything else on the fantasy shelf. This is less a book than a misty fever dream that you loose yourself in.
Published on 1 Feb 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rose, the Ivy, and the Gold
Patricia McKillip shows her wonderful flair for a twisty, turning story line amidst multiple dimensions in fantastic worlds once again. Read more
Published on 12 July 1999
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