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Once again, I have to say that it should be illegal for Patricia McKillip to write. Every time I pick up one of her books I'm stuck. Everything that I am supposed to do, like sleep or clean or be interested in my family, is unavoidably put on hold. My family knows that when one of her books enters our home, I'm a goner.
Solstice Wood is no exception. I enjoyed it from the first page to the last. It was moving and suspenseful and strange and humerous. McKillip's characters are entirely believable and come to life before me. She must be one of the best fantasy writers I have ever encountered. I believe only two others have had the same hold on me.
In this book we follow the stories of Sylvia, Iris, Owen, Relyt and Tyler. Each one is bound up in the fate of Solstice Wood and the connection between fairy and humans. Sylvia is a bookstore owner who gets a phone call from her grandmother, Iris, informing her that her grandfather is dead. After 7 years in the stone city of New York, Sylvia has to go home and confront her demons. Iris is trying to save the world from the evil fairy through her coven. Owen is the protector of the Lynn family (now Tyler, Sylvia and Iris). At the same time he is in conflict because of his secret. Tyler is Iris' other grandchild and Sylvia's cousin. He is staying at Lynn Hall for a while, enabling his mother to adapt to her new husband. Relyc is a changeling who enters the Lynn family.
The book moves between each character, placing each in the role of first person. This can be a bit confusing at first if you are not used to this style of writing. It does make it possible, though, to learn the thoughts of each person and enables us to follow the story in a manner that is not always possible in other books.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.