The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 10 Nov 2005
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"This magical moonlit fantasy has dignity and romance, heart-stopping suspense, adventure, richness of concept and language."--"Publishers Weekly"
"A mythical kingdom fantasy with a marvelous heroine, satisfying strange beasts, and chilling sorcery."--"Locus"
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One of the most glorious and enchanting of fantasies by one of the most moving and elegant writers in the fieldSee all Product Description
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Its story is not so much predictable as inevitable, the reader can probably predict how the various characters will end up, but this is not a criticism, rather the opposite : their motivations and personalities are established clearly and strongly.
The magic here works in a similar way to that in Ursula le Guin's fantastic "Earthsea" books: naming things gives wizards power over them. It is not as clearly defined as in the le Guin books, making it easier for McKillip to use sorcery as a plot device, since what it can and cannot do is never really spelt out. This has the detrimental effect, however of the magic system never being as believable as in the "Wizard of Earthsea."
This novel is sharp and fast moving, very pacifistic in outlook, very feminine almost, if such a description is not too politically incorrect. My only real problem was with Sybel's behaviour after her duel with the powerful rival wizard. Keeping her motivation secret from Coren, but not from his brothers seems pointless in plot terms and somewhat out of character.
Lord Dunsany is another influence, obvious in some of the elaborate vowel heavy names of places and people...surely the wizard named "Myk" is a mistake though, it looks good on the page but try reading aloud : the mighty mage Mike just doesn't sound right somehow.
I still think she has never bettered the Riddle master of Head trilogy but that's a personal judgement
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A young woman is alone on a mountain after her wizard father dies, and she has learned to call fantastic beasts to her. Read morePublished on 30 May 2013 by Clare O'Beara
I only can say if Chapter 6 of this book is not the best piece of literature you have read in a long time then something is missing from your life. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2011 by Jenny Lee Bates
A very ggod fantasy book which proves again the not all the best fantasy writers are male. complements other books written by this author. very well wriitenPublished on 19 April 2009 by Mr. I. R. Rawnsley
While enjoyable, this book does not meet the same standards that I've come to expect from Patricia McKillip. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2005 by humanitysdarkerside
this book is wonderfull and I couldn't put it down.. it was reccomended by a friend who read it 2 or 3 times. Its Great!Published on 3 Sept. 1999
...with the power to chill you to the bone. Sybel is a complex protagonist that you do not always love but with whom you can usually empathize. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 1998