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Harpist in the Wind (An Argo Book) Hardcover – March 1, 1979


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  • Series: An Argo Book
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st edition (March 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689306873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689306877
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,349,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It would be best to start with the first book in this series.
Sandy
If the second book of a series tends to be the weakest, the last is the most likely to disappoint.
E. A Solinas
McKillip's writing is just so beautiful and haunting that you have to read it to understand.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Patricia McKillip wraps up her Riddlemaster trilogy in a manner that other current fantasy authors have yet to match. If the second book of a series tends to be the weakest, the last is the most likely to disappoint. Here, the trilogy gets even more amazing.
In the aftermath of Heir of Sea and Fire, Raederle and Morgan have been reunited in Anuin, where the dead are still roaming around, Deth has vanished, and Raederle is afraid to marry Morgan because of her fears of her own strange ancestry. Morgan brings a shipful of wraiths to his home of Hed, and confronts the family who sees that he is no longer as he once was.
And the lands of An are teetering on the edge of war, with shapechangers creeping through the land and the sinister Ghisteslwchlohm somehow at the middle of it. "There are men in it who have already died, who are still fighting, with their bodies possessed by nothing human." So Morgan and Raederle must go on the ultimate mission -- a mission that will take them to the heart and history of their world, the secret of the shape-changers and what they are, and what Morgan's secret destiny is...
McKillip doesn't falter for a moment in this book, the third of the series; she's never written doorstopper epics, but her books are some of the most outstanding fantasy in print. Her writing evolved even over the course of the trilogy, becoming more introspective and more spellbinding in its descriptions. She gives you only a hint of how something looks, but every sense about how it feels and how it is perceived by the characters.
Morgan and Raederle have both grown from the beginnings of their initial books. Morgan is now a more tormented, multidimensional person than the guy who hid a crown under his bed and got sour milk dumped on his head.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Riddlemaster triology is my favourite story ever. I can't count the number of times I have read it, immersing myself in the beauty of the language and characters, always hurting a little when I come to the end. I have actually printed out and framed the last paragraph of Book Three, because I think it is a piece of the most beautiful writing I have ever come across.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on February 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Star-bearer (Morgon of Hed) and Raederle of An, united at last, continue their search for their true identities in this final volume of McKillip's 'Riddle-Master' trilogy. "Harpist in the Wind" won the Locus Award in 1980 and I feel 'award-winning' is the least amount of praise one can apply to this trilogy. McKillip 'dreams awake' when she spins her fantasies, and that's how it feels to read them.

Love, family ties, and even magical bonds to the land play an important part in these novels, as they do in many other great fantasy epics such as 'Lord of the Rings' and Norton's Witchworld trilogy concerning the triplets Kemoc, Kyllan, and Kaththea. Vengeance, which was a prominent theme in "Heir of Sea and Fire" slows to a cold drizzle in "Harpist in the Wind" and in one case dries up completely.

Revenge might indeed be a 'dish best tasted cold' but if it gets too cold, the hero could end up feeling sorry for his erstwhile enemy or even forgiving him, as does Morgon. His gradual change from innocent farmer-prince, to vengeful shape-changer, to the Star-bearer spins out the most challenging riddle of this trilogy. Who is the Star-bearer? What is his true purpose?

"Stars, children with faces of stone, the fiery, broken shards of a bowl he had smashed in Astrin's hut, dead cities, a dark-haired shape-changer, a harpist, all resolved under his probing into answerless riddles"--at least in the beginning of "Harpist in the Wind."

As in all of McKillip's fantasies, there are scenes of high astonishment and magic in 'Harpist,' most especially in Morgon's discovery of wizards other than the evil Ghisteslwchlohm who are still alive, most prominently Yrth, the creator of Morgon's three-starred harp. Or is this another of the riddles the Star-bearer must solve?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1997
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This is an excelent conclusion to a outstanding trilogy.It gives answers to previous riddles in the first two books,The Riddle Master Of Hed,and The Heir To Sea And Fire.It gives you continuous riddles and answers,such as,why is the who is really the harpist Deth?,why is the "high one" silent?etc.
It starts in Anuin after Morgan doesn't kill Deth because Deth gives him a riddle.It continues delightfully on Trader's Road,in Lungold, in Earlenstar Mountain,in the Northern Wastes, and all across the realm.He learns the name of the "nameless"shapechangers, who is the "high one" ,and how to defeat the shapechangers useing the land-rules of the kings
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1998
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I read this series bound into one book, Riddle Of Stars, graciously loaned to me by a friend. I would like to aquire a copy of this book but it is now out of print.. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoyed Tad Williams' Trilogy Memory, Sorrow and Thorn..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1998
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Start with the first in the trilogy, "The Riddlemaster of Hed" and soon you'll find yourself looking for this book, the third in the trilogy. It's absolutely wonderful, I could never say all that I want to about this one.
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