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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (Magic Carpet Books) Paperback – January 1, 2006
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"A mythical kingdom fantasy with a marvelous heroine, satisfying strange beasts, and chilling sorcery."--Locus
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Known as the ice white lady, Sybil was raised to live to care only for the mythical beasts under her control - powerful, beautiful and wise, and feared by man - she knows none of the ways of men and prefers to keep it that way. Until one day, when a young babe is left in her arms, and she learns to love, and gets entangled in a War she wants no part of.
THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD is a treasure worth seeking out. It's an imaginative story of love, betrayal and forgiveness, filled with intriguing characters you won't soon forget. The dialogue is sparse and the tale is short but there is an abundant amount of character growth and plenty of plot points to ponder. There's also enough magic and surprises to keep those pages turning. I never knew quite where the story was going to lead. I'm now on the hunt for her other work.
This book is a World Fantasy Award winning novel for a good reason.
The protagonist, Sybel, is the daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of powerful wizards, living in an isolated house on a mountain with an array of magical animals. Among them are an ancient dragon Gyld, riddling Boar Cyrin, the deadly Ter Falcon, and others. With telepathic links to her beasts, she has no need for human beings outside the walls of her home. But the animal she still longs to find is the Liralen, a legendary white bird.
She is temporarily distracted from her quest when a nobleman, Coren, arrives with a baby, and asks her to care for it. Sybel learns how to love the child, Tamlorn, and for several years they are happy (with the help of an old lady). She also summons a strange smoky creature called Blammor, which terrifies many people -- but hardly affects the calm, icy Sybel.
Coren returns and is attacked by Gyld, then brought into Sybel's house by Tam. She is angered when she finds that Coren is there to bring Tamlorn back to the world of men, where his father is a powerful and cold-hearted king named Drede. As time goes by, Sybel sees that Tam wants to see his father. She eventually relents and sends him to his father's home, with Ter Falcon to watch over him. Drede offers to let her come and stay near Tam, but she knows that he would only seek to use her wizardry against his enemies.
A dangerous wizard comes hunting for Sybel at Drede's bidding, and tries to seduce her -- before being killed by the Blammor.Read more ›
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A distant wizard woman charged with the keeping of a menagerie of Beasts is drawn into the human realm when she adopts the heir to a war-torn kingdom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Juushika
I read this book back when I was a kid. I searched high and low for the title. After finally receiving a copy and reading again for the first time in 25 years, it was like... Read morePublished 2 months ago by knews
This is the best book I've read in a while. It was worth the purchase and a great addition to the library I own.Published 7 months ago by Chris Phillips
This was one of the first Fantasy books I ever read and reading it many years later, I'm still struck by the richness of the world and characters. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Taylor Ellwood
Just like so many of you I have read thousands of pages of fantasy literature over the past several decades. I have no idea how I missed this wonderful book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Phil Fitzpatrick
Beautiful, This was an order so I could have a paper copy. Was in perfect condition.
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