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“I never was on the dull, tame shore,

...but I loved the great sea more & more”


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The Changeling Sea

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o date, I’ve only read a handful of books and short stories from Patricia McKillip, mostly her recent releases. The Changeling Sea, however, is one of

McKillip’s earlier works, originally published in the 1980s and instantly endeared itself to me – a changeling fable that takes place by the stormy sea? What better place to jump into McKillip’s rich and extensive backlist? And you know what? I absolutely loved this book. Shortly put: The Changeling Sea is another gorgeous, wonderful book from the incredibly talented McKillip.

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’m going to say something that sounds incredibly cheesy, but it is so very true: Patricia McKillip has a way with words that is simply magical. Like The Bell

at Sealey Head or The Bards of Bone Plain, The Changeling Sea is a slender book, but one written with lush and evocative prose that is as beautiful as it is simple

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he monk Alfred has lived his entire life hidden away in the st.Ruans abbey. But even though the

The Hound & The Falcon

years go by brother Alf still looks no older than a boy.

Wise though he may be, Alf is unable to face the truth about himself.

He is one of the fair folk, an elf, kin to the elven-king. But when trouble comes to st. Ruans, elf-blood can be hidden no more. . .

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he great thing about these books is the easy flow of the story. You open them, and before you know it youre battling alongside King Arthur, running through the burning streets of Constantinople or fleeing the

Hounds of God. And all the time there are the marvelous details, the dialog, the people. These characters are so easy to fall in love with. Alfred is so scared, so confused you just wish you could reach out a hand and tell him

everything will be alright. Beacuse you feel so close to these people, all the way

through the books.


The Riddle-Master of Hed

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hen I learned that Patricia McKillip’s Riddle-Master trilogy

had been reprinted, I was anxious to revisit this delightful story and world - I wasn’t disappointed. The story, the characters,

and the writing are all memorable, with a richness that has only improved with time. Some trilogies don’t stand up to a straight-through reading, but Riddle-Master certainly does. And, unlike the first time, I didn’t have to wait four years from the publication of the first book until the publication of the last one -- a definite advantage in this time of never-ending sagas.

He felt as if he wer e changing shape in front of her into something ancient as the wor ld, around which riddles and legends and the colour s of night and dawn clung like priceless, for gotten tr easur es.”

The Arthurian Saga

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he Merlin Trilogy is refreshingly different than the usual Arthurian Legends; Mary Stewart has created a Merlin who

is believable, not entirely without magic, but endowed with wisdom, and common sense. I think perhaps he has more magic than he is willing to admit, but I got the feeling that that is just what Lady Stewart intended for me to feel. She weaves a mystical web in this trilogy that enthralled me. Although not part of the trilogy,

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he Wicked Day, deserves to be included, because it brings the entire story to a close with an entirely different view of Mordred. I only wish she’d dared to have a different ending. But what a magnificent tale to read by

a fireside on cold winter nights...and having them all together in this way is wonderfully convenient. A beautiful product and a

magnificent gift!

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