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Winter Rose begins as the seemingly simple story of Rois and Laurel Melior and their understandable fascination with young Corbet Lynn, returned to rebuild his abandoned ancestral home, Lynn Hall. Laurel is drawn to Corbet's beauty, Rois to the mystery of his past. But the past holds more than one mystery, and as Rois fights her way into the wood around Lynn Hall, seeking answers for herself, Laurel, and Corbet, she risks losing everything, for all of them, forever.
Traces of Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market, of Tam Lin, and of a dozen other legends and tales color Rois's story. Patricia McKillip's consummate mastery of language means that every word counts in a complex, sweetly painful story of human love and timeless, indifferent power. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Woods-wise and free-spirited, Rois Melior is the opposite of her sensible sister, Laurel. But both Rois, who narrates, and Laurel fall under the spell of the stranger who enters their world. Decades ago, according to village gossip, Tearle Lynn murdered his father and mysteriously disappeared. Now Tearle's son, Corbet, has come home to rebuild crumbling Lynn Hall. Despite her attraction to Corbet, Rois is warned by her otherworldly senses that he is not what he seems. As Laurel falls hard for Corbet, Rois searches for the truth about the Lynns, but the answers she finds lead only to more questions. When Corbet disappears, Laurel begins to sicken and fade. To save her sister as well as Corbet, Rois will have to come to terms with the secret of her own changeling identity. The pace here is deliberate and sure, with no false steps; the writing is richly textured and evocative. McKillip (The Book of Atrix Wolf, and winner in 1975 of a World Fantasy Award for her novel The Forgotten Beasts of Eld) weaves a dense web of desire and longing, human love and inhuman need.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is one of stories that are written so beautifully that they have a magic of their own. Absolutely gorgeous.Published 1 month ago by Amarithe
This is a very good interpretation on the Tam Lin story with some very interesting twists. The author used some great descriptions, especially of the forest, but got too carried... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
McKillip does it again! Another story that warrants re-reading over and over! I love the richly woven tapestry of the stories she writes, and this one did NOT disappoint! Read morePublished 4 months ago by cathy
McKillip is a gifted writer, but this story is too surreal for me. I didn't enjoy the overall story.Published 10 months ago by Tink
I have known about this book since it was first published, but have just read it now, eighteen years later. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dawn Killen-Courtney
A moving and magic story of a romance with the unseen world during the winter nights. Patricia A. Mckillip at her best.Published 16 months ago by Chris Aura
The book arrived on schedule. In excellent condition. I have not had the chance to read it yet. Anyone who loves fantasy novels must read Patricia McKillip's books. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dawn M. Wheeler
It is hard to describe a Patricia McKilip book: her prose has carefully chosen groups of words that are lyrical and evoke such beautiful images. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Redjamie