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5.0 out of 5 stars A hauntingly beautiful faerie-tale, 14 Jun. 2001
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This review is from: The Book of Atrix Wolfe (Mass Market Paperback)
This is simply a wonderful book, which merges events of an epic scale with gripping human (and faerie) drama. Patricia McKillip shows what fantasy is or once was all about: the enchantment of the supernatural, evocative language, and a delicate plot. And all that in just one book of less than 250 pages! Think about it before you start reading Martin Jordankind's multi-tome series...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Spell, 2 Sept. 2004
I was so deeply moved while reading this book. The frase: 'your worst enemy is your own self' is vividly portrayed.
Started by a mistake done by an old powerful mage, Atrix Wolfe that ends a war between Kardeth and Pelucir. A mistake which caused the uproar and tragedy in human world and fairy world.
In the face of the destruction he had caused, Atrix buried himself for 20 years until the heir of Pelucir called him back through a book written by Atrix himself right after the war.
The book itself contained spells seemingly harmless enough for a beginner mage. But when Talis of Pelucir tried to study them, there were actually other meanings behind every words written which endangered both his and his brother, the King's life for the true meaning of the words led to a black terror that had only one intention, Death.
The black terror was made by Atrix's spell and by the destructive spell, he torn the world of fairy, separating the Queen of the Woods, from her consort and daughter. By her, Atrix was forced to finish what he had started years ago.
The language is so enchanting, it almost put a spell on your mind. You can also make up some delicious recipes from here. The description itself made me hungry everytime I read about tha chapters concerning the castle's kitchen.
Highly recommended
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!, 2 Nov. 2000
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What a wonderful book! Weaving, retelling and redefining the classic faerie tale in a style at once simple and elegant, McKillip brings a sense of wonder and magic to every page, creating a world at once familiar yet unlike any other I've encountered. The author has created a haunting fiction in which a thin veil exists between the ordinary and magical, the commonplace, medieval setting of fantasy and the barely perceived kingdom of the Other. This is the realm of Faerie, the closest I have come to it, outside of traditional folklore, since reading Tolkien, yet written with an individual vision that while drawing upon the rich heritage of mythology and legend, such as the Wild Hunt and the Queen of the Wood, breathes new life into the faerie tale, until the story has a character and wonder all its own.
Lovingly and richly detailed, this is not a book to read on an empty stomach. Scenes of feasts and the kitchen abound, delightfully rendered and salivating. The descriptions of the wood captures nature in all its beauty as well as its at times its frightening indifference. The invocation of magic and the spiritual realm are crafted in a way at once wondrous and believable, and for a few hours the reader steps into a world in which he or she wishes they could linger long after the final page reaches its conclusion. Mystery abounds, and it is impossible not to become captured in the author's written spell.
This is not, however, simply a tale of wondrous places and larger than life events. As well as writing lyrically, the author invests her tale with metaphor, and a meditation on words and their relationship to identity. The duality of things perceived is as much a theme throughout the work as is the ostensible tale of magic gone awry, and, as with the characters, one needs to look closely at the nature of what is named. I can think of no other author currently writing fantasy that uses the genre as a means to explore larger existential matters, a reflection upon not only the real world but also the world of myth. This book is truly a feast, not only for the senses but the intellect as well.
One of the best works of fantasy I have ever read, at once richly acknowledging the meditative and figurative themes underlying the best traditional folklore, as well as investing the genre with intentions rarely found today in fantasy fiction, written in a style as magical and beautiful as the tale being told. Beside the wonder of this novel, my praise is but a weak and mute substitute.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem!, 26 Jun. 1998
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Fantasy readers have come to expect the highest calibre of work from Patricia McKillip, with intricate plotlines, charming characters and some of the most beautiful prose being written in fantasy today. The story and characters of "The Book of Atrix Wolfe" are a match for any other McKillip book, but the real triumph here is in the author's mastery of language. Apparently inspired by a storyline which muses on the power and mutability of words, McKillip creates a world simultaneously rich in sensory detail and drenched in dreamlike atmosphere. Only an author this gifted could take overused themes like the Wild Hunt, the Queen of Faery, and wizard's spellbooks and bring them startlingly and uniquely to life. All of McKillip's work is to be treasured; this is a prize gem in the trove.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, 10 Aug. 2007
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This is the first book I have read by McKillip. The story is touching and cleverly put together following the story of Atrix, Prince Talis and Saro. The imagery is mouth watering and beautiful. It's very atmospheric and enchanting. The only reason I gave it 4 stars not 5 is being there is something in McKillip's writing that is sometimes hard to follow for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, gentle fantasy to read and reread, 7 Sept. 1998
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I picked up the Book of Atrix Wolf by chance in the New Titles of a bookstore and read it on a plane. It was a little slow to get into but well worth the effort. The world created is like an Impressionist painting but the descriptions of creating the meals in the kitchen is marvellous - a wonderful counterpoint to the dreamy Pelucir and Chaumenard. I have re-read it several times, always finding more to enjoy. I subsequently read all the rest of McKillip's works and enjoyed them, especially the Riddle Master trilogy but Atrix Wolf if by far my favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Spell, 10 Sept. 2004
I was so deeply moved while reading this book. The frase: 'your worst enemy is your own self' is vividly portrayed.
Started by a mistake done by an old powerful mage, Atrix Wolfe that ends a war between Kardeth and Pelucir. A mistake which caused the uproar and tragedy in human world and fairy world.
In the face of the destruction he had caused, Atrix buried himself for 20 years until the heir of Pelucir called him back through a book written by Atrix himself right after the war.
The book contained spells seemingly harmless enough for a beginner mage. But when Talis of Pelucir tried to study them, there were actually other meanings behind every words written which endangered both his and his brother's, the King, life for the true meaning of the words led to a black terror that had only one purpose, Death.
The black terror was made by Atrix's spell and by the destructive spell, he torn the world of fairy, separated the Queen of the Woods, from her consort and daughter. By her, Atrix was forced to finish what he had started years ago.
The language is so enchanting, it almost put a spell on your mind. You can also make up some delicious recipes from here. The description itself made me hungry everytime I read about tha chapters concerning the castle's kitchen.
Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wolves,Wizards,lost Princess and Seeking Prince, a joy, 20 Dec. 1998
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I picked The Book Of Atrix Wolfe out at the Library. The immagery Patricia McKillip weaves with language is strong, vibrant and rich. I read the libraries copy, then went out and got one for myself. a must have to return to as to a good friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 26 Dec. 1998
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I love fantasy books and I was drawn to this one because something about a 'Wolfe' in it and so far (I'm only on page 75) its great! This is the first Patricia McKillip book I've ever read, and its awsome! A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book., 25 April 1999
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This was my first time reading a book by this author. I'm now a fan for life.
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