Winter Rose Hardcover – 1 Jul 1996
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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A beautifully dark fairytale love story from the World Fantasy Award-winning novelist. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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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. I am eager to re-read it after a few months to see if I can find anything I may have missed this time.
If you are a reader that likes very fast paced books, it may be advisable to pass this one by. As the title of my review suggests, this novel tends to creep slowly over and around you. Perhaps, in order to get the very best from it, the best thing to do is to just give in completely, a bit like winter taking over the land.
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!
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.
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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