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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
World Fantasy Award-Winner
First time available in an e-book edition

"Rich and regal."
The New York Times
Young Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady of the Night. Sybel only lacks the exquisite and mysterious Liralen, which continues to elude her most powerful enchantments.
But Sybel�s solitude is to be shattered when a desperate soldier arrives bearing a mysterious child. Soon Sybel will discover that the world of men is full of love, deceit�and the temptations of vast power.
World Fantasy Award-Winner
First time available in an e-book edition

"Rich and regal."
The New York Times
Young Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady of the Night. Sybel only lacks the exquisite and mysterious Liralen, which continues to elude her most powerful enchantments.
But Sybel�s solitude is to be shattered when a desperate soldier arrives bearing a mysterious child. Soon Sybel will discover that the world of men is full of love, deceit�and the temptations of vast power.
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About the Author-
  • Patricia A. McKillip is the bestselling author of more than thirty much-beloved fantasy novels, including The Riddle-Master of HedHarpist in the Wind, and The Sorceress and the Cygnet. She has received the World Fantasy Award for The Forgotten Beasts of EldOmbria in Shadow, and Solstice Wood, for which she also received the Mythopoeic Award. McKillip has also received the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2015, three of her novels are being collected in the prestigious SF Gateway Omnibus series. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2017
    Reissue of McKillip's 1974 fantasy tale of lost innocence; widely praised, sometimes extravagantly so, it won the 1975 World Fantasy Award.White-haired, black-eyed wizard Sybel lives alone on Eld Mountain with a collection of magical, sentient beasts--the Boar Cyrin, the Lyon Gules, the Falcon Ter, and so on--with whom she can converse telepathically. She and her forebears magically summoned the creatures, though her heart's desire to call the great white bird Liralen remains unfulfilled. Her bubble bursts when Coren of Sirle arrives claiming vague kinship and bearing a newborn baby, the son of his slain brother. Coren's family is locked in an existential struggle with Drede, King of Eldwold, for control of the kingdom to which baby Tamlorn is heir. Reluctantly she accepts charge of the child and begins to experience the emotions she hitherto has never needed. Both Drede and Coren, it turns out, covet her beauty and her power, but Sybel refuses to take sides. Years pass. Tam, it emerges, is actually Drede's son, so she returns him to the king. But then Drede makes a fatal mistake, leaving Sybel burning for a revenge that threatens to subvert her capacity for love. All this echoes many fantasy ideas without borrowing overmuch from any one, and it never turns derivative. The narrative is perfectly articulated, with a timeless quality accentuated by McKillip's trademark crystal-filigree prose and undercurrents of subtle humor. On this level, then, it totally succeeds. But does it withstand closer inspection, as a great fantasy must? Well, Drede and Coren, while sympathetic and appealing (when they're not being perverse or unpredictable), are two-dimensional--the animals have more personality. More crucially, Sybel remains incapable of introspection, unable to grasp that what she does to others is no different than what others do, or attempt to do, to her. The magic, too, is troublesome: it breeds true despite a human admixture in every generation and comes without agency, effort, learning, or downside. Like much of McKillip's work: gorgeous, evocative, and fragile.

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  • New York Times "Rich and regal."
  • Reedsy, Go on a Magical Adventure with the 60 Best Fantasy Books of All Time "This is my favorite book of all time. If I had to pick a desert island book, it would be this one."
  • Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate "Before Daenerys was Mother of Dragons, Sybel commanded beasts of all kinds. McKillip offers up a powerful character full of passion, determination, obsession, and love."
  • A. C. Wise, author of The Kissing Booth Girl "This is what great literature looks like: bold, self-incisive, powerfully feminist without drawing attention to anything but the prose, the characters, and the story."
  • Usman T. Malik, author of The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn "Some books stay with you. It's been over forty years now since I first read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and succumbed to its enchantments. With its rich and lyric prose, its wondrous mix of characters (beasts included!), and its thoroughly enchanted world it was unlike anything I had read to that point. Forty years later I still cherish the experience."
  • Bruce Coville, author of the Unicorn Chronicles "Patricia McKillip's Forgotten Beasts of Eld is stunning . . . it filled me with joy and awe at the power of love, writing, and fantasy."
  • Max Gladstone, author of the Hugo Award-winning Craft Sequence series "An extraordinary book, and McKillip deserves all the praise she received for creating such a masterful, brave, intricately crafted universe. 10/10 stars"
  • Starburst "Intimate, gorgeous, quiet and deep, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld remains as resonant as ever."
  • Tor.com "Gorgeous, evocative, and fragile."
  • Kirkus [The] Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a remarkable novel to come from such a young person: wise and deep and lucid and crisp."
  • Antick Musings "Like the Ring trilogy or the Earthsea books . . . this magical moonlit fantasy has dignity and romance, heart-stopping suspense, adventure, richness of concept and language and, perhaps rarest of all in romantic fantasy "a sly sense of humor."
  • Publishers Weekly "Gorgeous, lyrical."
  • Guardian "I read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld many years ago and was smitten. It is delicious and wise "a true classic."
  • Susan Fletcher, author of Dragon's Milk and Shadow Spinner "There is a magic and grandeur to McKillip's focused prose, a kind of resounding clarity that lives and echoes in the mind long after the story is done."
  • Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying and Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day "With elegant, lyrical prose, Patricia A. McKillip creates a timeless fairytale of love, revenge, and the cost of each. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a book I return to, time and again."
  • Kelly Sandoval "It feels ageless, eternal, light and perfect like a star."
  • SF Site "The best fantasy novel of the year and perhaps of the decade. It's a mythical kingdom fantasy with a marvelous heroine, satisfying strange beasts, and chilling sorcery."
  • Locus "More than 40 years after it was first published, McKillip's World Fantasy Award-winner is unquestionably a classic of the genre, and it reads as timelessly as ever in this new print and ebook edition."
  • B&N Week's New Sci-Fi & Fantasy spotlight "5/5 stars. This novel, like so many of McKillip's stories, reads like a waking dream, one readers will want to escape into again and again. This is one of those books that can't come with enough high recommendation."
  • Seattle Review of Books "5/5 stars. Myths and legends come alive, riddles abound, and magic seeps through each word. This is an utterly enticing story, with a fascinating heroine"
  • Night Owl Reviews "A remarkable work of Literature."
  • The Royal Library "Patricia McKillip weaves an incredibly rich, poetic, wise and mystical story, holding her readers spellbound."
  • St. Louis Dispatch-Post "McKillip's elegant prose lends this dark fairytale a dreamy, mythic quality. A fantastic read featuring a fantastic heroine."
  • Best Fantasy Books "A masterful wordsmith. McKillip has no peer when it comes to incantatory prose, and her wizardry spells you into a waking dream in this breathtaking tale."
  • Black Gate "McKillip's prose is utterly enchanting, steeped in a fairytale-like storytelling."
  • Book Beyond "This novel is a bonafide masterpiece, as well as a modern classic, and one of my all-time favorite novels. Every fantasy fan should read it."
  • John R. Fultz, author of Seven Princes "The book is full of magic, wonder and fantastic creatures. It tells a heartwarming story of an independent woman who grows as a person and learns some important life lessons. This really is a wonderful read, and I fully understand why McKillip is recommended so highly."
  • Speculative Herald "McKillip's world is clear and intricately drawn, with Sybel's secluded life juxtaposed to the kingdom in turmoil just beyond...
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