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In general, I believe in not spoiling the plots of books, as I think the publisher's synopsis gives enough of a hint as to what that is. And so much of a person's views on fiction is subjective. Obviously, I think these stories are well done. What my rating is based on really is the fact that this kindle version is not littered with typographical errors. I had to make the same kindle purchases for my Anne McCaffrey books, whose writings I have also adored since childhood, and those versions were rife with errors and omitted words and it just about drove me batty. So these are stories that I continue to find a great deal of enjoyment in, and I'm thankful to have a kindle version that my cute little man can't supplement his fiber intake with ;)
Years pass, tastes change, books get lost... I discovered that McKillip was still writing, and I dipped into The Bell at Sealey Head. (I found it in a friend's house.) The touch was there, the layers of meaning, of beauty, of - sometimes - darkness.
I bought a paperback version of the Riddle Master trilogy, and I have enjoyed rereading it from a much older point of view. This is a story that you want to follow just because there are twists that take you places you don't expect. Touches of description that can only be called lyrical - and yet, in this world where beautiful writing is sometimes condemned for being useless and tending to hold a story back, the narrative draws you in and you follow, wondering what will happen next and how, things will all be connected in the end. I recommend this book very highly if you love intrigue, mystery, contemplation, and a strong touch of humor. (A character learns to change his shape to animals, to trees... His brother, baffled, keeps saying "But what does he do with his HAIR?")
The nicest thing about rediscovering this book and its author (who very kindly answered a fan letter from a reader fresh from college) is learning that the author has written a great body of work that promises to be as good as this trilogy.
This book (this series - it's a trilogy) has what many fantasy books do not: believable, 3-dimensional characters, great writing, a completely fully formed world, suspense (seriously - even if you know what's going to happen you still feel that!), and wonder. Most importantly, it has a plot, something unfortunately lacking in some other books I've read recently, and it's a very well-crafted plot. Curiously, unlike most fantasy heroes, who tend to be orphans, the main characters all have families, who play important roles. The interactions between Morgan and his family or Raederle and hers are important for their growth as a person. This kind of give and take and bickering that characterize all families make this book feel especially real.
Summary: I love it and would recommend it to a reader who is new to fantasy as well as to those who've read a lot of the genre. It doesn't have a lot of gore or sex, and so would be appropriate for a younger reader as well, although the issues and ideas work in some ways better for adults. Hmm. Maybe I'll read it again...
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