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The Prince of Morning Bells Paperback – May 1, 2000
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The Prince of Morning Bells was Nancy Kress's first novel. Originally published by Timescape, it has long been out of print. Now, after nearly two decades, it is available in this FoxAcre Press trade paperback edition.
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The Prince of Morning Bells by Nancy Kress. With a new Afterword by the Author.
"Smile a lot, yes, and then weep a little, and hold your breath, and wonder at the wisdom and the whimsy of it..depending on how much you bring to it, the book is metaphor, it is fable; it makes a statement, has a moral, looks back at you, from time to time, like a mirror." --Theodore Sturgeon, TWILIGHT ZONE
"A lively and entertaining fairy tale." --PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY
"The bittersweet climax not only surprised me, it choked me up a little." --Peter Stampfel, THE VILLAGE VOICE
"Anyone who has ever doubted the psychological link between fantasy and life will be quickly corrected by this insightful and highly recommended novel." -- Roger C. Schlobin, FANTASY NEWSLETTER
"A depth and freshness of observation that is uncommonly astute and poignant." -- Anne McCaffrey
"Nancy Kress has the true storyteller's Gift -- the ability to make her characters and what happens to them so vital that the reader's heart aches." -- Stephen R. Donaldson
"Sprightly and moving." --
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Kirila soon comes upon a talking dog, with blue-black fur, named Chessie. He says he was a human prince who was turned into a dog by a wizard. Chessie is also going to the Tents of Omnium, the only place to get unenchanted. They spend some time at the Quirkian Hold, something like a monastery, whose purpose is to make order of all things in the universe. Their four clans are Up, Down, Strange and Charmed. Some feel that is enough to explain everything, while others feel that the Model of Forces may need some revision by adding another clan.
Later, they meet Prince Larek of Castle Talatour. He is handsome, single and totally obsessed with jousting. The castle is the smallest, most poorly maintained castle Kirila has ever seen. Nevertheless, she accepts Larek's marriage proposal. Chessie continues his Quest to the Tents of Omnium.
Twenty-five years later, after Kirila has borne a couple of children, buried Larek, who lost a battle with a wild boar, and started to experience middle age and arthritis, Chessie returns. He got almost to Omnium, but was stopped by a sort of magical force field. On the spur of the moment, Kirila decides to continue the Quest. After several adventures, they reach the Tents of Omnium, where Chessie returns to human form.
This novel is really good. It starts off with some tongue-in-cheek humor, then gets a lot better. Here is a first-rate combination of psychology and fable that is quite entertaining.
The previous reviewer gives a good summary of the plot. However, I've always viewed the book to be strongly allegorical without being preachy: where can a woman find happiness? Kirila grows bored with "childish activities" and begins her quest. She joins a community based on scientific principles, joins another based on religion, spends decades doing the "married to a stereotypical male who likes sports" lifestyle...but in the end finds out what really is at the Heart of her World.
I recommend it to teenaged girls (both chronologically and at heart) who enjoy fantasy. Think of this as a girl-centered coming-of-age story.