As an infant, Nepenthe was abandoned by her mother on the edge of a cliff so high no one can hear the sea below. Nepenthe was raised by the librarians of the Royal Library of Raine, and knows little of the outside world beyond what she reads. She has a gift for translation, and she alone has a chance of translating a newly arrived book, a mysterious tome written in an alien alphabet that resembles thorns. But Nepenthe has fallen in love with the high-born student-mage who brings her the book. And the thorns are exerting a strange power over her--a magic that may destroy not only Nepenthe, but the kingdom of Raine and the entire world. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I still really enjoyed it very much and couldn't thing of any other way I'd rather have seen it end.
Patricia A. McKillip always writes about worlds of wonders and magical adult fairy tales that have a universal appeal with their happily ever after endings.
It was beautifully written, and I was really impressed with how the characters developed through the story.
Very imaginative and surprising. Not your typical fantasy fiction. I enjoy this author very much!Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Yet another delightful book with beautiful language, and a tale where languages are the core of the story. One of her most straightforward story resolutions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard Warren
I enjoyed this story! I started to read this book because the title seemed intriguing and I craved a shorter read as a nice break from the detailed and complex fantasy series I've... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lea
The book arrived on schedule, in excellent condition. By the way, I loved the story so much I decided to keep this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dawn M. Wheeler
I loved this book. Another world beautifully crafted and a story expertly woven, it contains strong female characters who surprise even each other. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephanie
This was a hard book to rate. There was some very good parts to the book, but most of it didn't really work for me. I almost put the book down after the first few chapters. Read morePublished 9 months ago by BookWyrm
In McKillip's world, battles are fought not just with might, but also with wit. Nothing is what it seemed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Intaniz
McKillip is a wonderful writer of fables/farilytales, in the manner of the past in terms of structure, but with a more modern, poetic use of language.Published 17 months ago by kaye
I loved the whole thing, though the ending was kind of disappointing. I still really enjoyed it very much and couldn't thing of any other way I'd rather have seen it end.Published 21 months ago by Nichole