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.
The book has well-defined male and female pro- and antagonists.
McKillip doesn't give a direct answer to these questions (at least none that I could discern) so you'll have to decide for yourself as you read her story.
With an extremely beautiful, coherent, satirical and addictive writing style, McKillip is definitely a keeper.
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 4 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 5 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 12 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
I do like Patricia McKillip's books - she hasn't disappointed me nor my daughters yets. We are always glad to find one we haven't read before. Read morePublished on May 17, 2010 by Amazon Customer
My first 2010 review is about my last reading of 2009: In The Forests Of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip, another fairytale retold directed preferably to young adults. Read morePublished on January 2, 2010 by Carla