Like Ursula K. Le Guin and Jane Yolen, World Fantasy Award winner Patricia A. McKillip (author of Riddle-Master, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, and Ombria in Shadow) is one of the great fantasy authors working at the turn of the millennium. In her beautifully written novel In the Forests of Serre, McKillip again demonstrates her intimate understanding of the mysteries of magic and the human heart.
Everyone in the kingdom of Serre avoids the Mother of All Witches, an ugly, powerful, and dangerous woman who lives in the Forest of Serre. But then the grief-blinded Prince of Serre rides down the witch's white hen and earns her curse. Prince Ronan believes nothing can be worse than what he has already experienced: the death of his wife and their newborn. But soon the curse destroys what little the prince has left, and he wanders lost and half-mad through the Forest of Serre, pursuing a beautiful, elusive firebird that may be an illusion, or his doom. His only hope may be the young Princess Sidonie of Dacia, to whom his brutal father betrothed him against his will... and hers. But Princess Sidonie may have no interest in helping a man she's never met. And her powerful, mysterious magician-guardian, Gyre, has secret intentions and desires of his own. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In a twist on the Biblical adage "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also," McKillip (Ombria in Shadow) presents a mystical, eerie fantasy about the flight from love-and the haphazard progress toward love. The efforts of a kingdom to prevent war by sacrificing its princess, Sidonie, to a loveless marriage are complicated by the refusal of the intended bridegroom, Prince Ronan of Serre, to cooperate. Sidonie obeys to save her country from sure destruction. Ronan flees from his fate with the magical interference of the Forests of Serre, the mysterious witch Brume and a firebird whose song becomes a pied piper-like enchantment. Meetings with Brume exact a dear price, and nearly every character encounters her at some point. To some, Brume can be death itself; others merely have to give her something of great value. Ronan offers "what of all such things he valued least, and would not miss if he did not return for it. `Take my heart.'" And indeed, Brume does take his heart. Ronan doesn't seem to miss what he felt he lacked to begin with, but Sidonie does, and so do his parents. This novel is similar in style and content to McKillip's World Fantasy Award-winning story, "The Forgotten Beasts of Eld," which is not to say it's a rehash. A skillfully told adult fairy tale, it stands perfectly well on its own.
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I own about ten of Patricia McKillip's books(adding more to my collection soon) and I re-read them frequently for their dream-like, poetic prose as much as for their plots. Read morePublished 3 months ago by j d
Patricia McKillip’s In the Forests of Serre has a folk tale feel to it–magical, mysterious, with grave dangers to be overcome and odd fairy tale rules to obey. Read morePublished 4 months ago by H. Grove (errantdreams)
This book is in fair condition, some wear on cover and back. At least 7 pages had been torn out of the book. It had writing and highlighting through out the book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dawn M. Wheeler
It's one of two of my favorite books from Patricia A. Mckillip the other being Ombra in Shadow which I compare it to.Published 16 months ago by Chris Aura
I really enjoyed the Russian folklore aspect of this. Very entertaining and original. One of Patricia McKillop's more accessible books.Published 24 months ago by Mary Winkler
I'm not an avid reader, however, I enjoyed this book. McKillip's writing style weaves stories as wonderful as the cover art. Her ornate details wrap you into the story itself. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by Amy Twine
I have only discovered Ms. McKillip this week, and probably like all Kindle owners, read about a book a day. Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by Anita L. Mcmillen
Set in a world where stories and dreams become real, In the Forests of Serre is a beautifully told fairy tale, complete with a beautiful (and strong) princess, a cursed... Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Kindle-aholic
The story is a fairy tale, but there is nothing simplistic in this story, instead you are drawn into enchantment yourself and begin to realize that every story, every archetype is... Read morePublished on September 29, 2010 by Bonitamuerte