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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: 1,498,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia A. McKillip is a winner of the World Fantasy Award, and the author of many fantasy novels, including The Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy, Stepping from the Shadows, and The Cygnet and the Firebird. She lives in Oregon. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2008
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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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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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The Bell at Sealey Head was the best surprise! I have enjoyed most of Patricia McKillop's books very much, but some more than others. This was beautifully written and quite reminiscent of some of Elizabeth Goudge's younger fiction. I loved it. It quite took me back to my first favourite childhood books. That's not to say, that it's not for adults, but there is nothing here to offend any delicate sensibilities either....try it!
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