The Tower at Stony Wood


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Title: The Tower at Stony Wood
Series: —–
Author: Patricia McKillip
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 306
Format: Kindle digital edition


Synopsis: Spoilers

A knight on a quest to free his rightful Queen. A noble on a quest to free his Kingdom. A bard on a quest to free her Sister. A mother on a quest to go back to the sea from which she came.

A story where all the storylines intersect at the oddest places and not even the characters know their true motivations.


My Thoughts:

In previous reviews of McKillip’s works, I tend to liken her writing as silk; it is beguiling, sensual, sensuous and soft.

A half seen shape at night in the forest, with distant laughter and the faint tinkling of bells. You can’t see it in whole, or even distinctly. When you look to your right, you catch a glimpse out of the corner of your eye to your left. When you spin around to catch it behind you, you feel it’s eyes on you from the front. You don’t know if it is your imagination playing tricks, an elven princess enchanting you or an evil sorcerer leading you astray. The only way to find out is to continue on. Is it a dot of honey on your lover’s nose, a glob on a bear’s paw or a comb in a bee’s nest? What if the honeycomb is a magic sword and the bear is an an enchanted knight and your lover is a witch?

When you wrap fog, silk, honey and darkness into a tapestry of words, then you have this story, this book. And if your very soul is not moved, transported to another realm, then I pity you your grey, joyless existence that you think is life.

Here is the picture that comprises the cover:







  1. Previous Review from 2005


30 thoughts on “The Tower at Stony Wood

    1. I enjoyed Kingfisher as well. She’s been slowly moving from medieval to modern settings in her stories, so it was really interesting to see motorcycles and laser mixed with witches and magic.


    1. No modern twist here. Just about everything of hers hearkens to the traditional fantasy until you get up to “Bards of Bone Plain”. that’s analogous to the 1920’ish and then her latest, “Kingfisher” is in modern day.

      But everything is still written in her inscrutable way. Fantastic stuff 🙂

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        1. Back when I went on a kick of reading all her stuff, I believe this was one of my favorite of hers. Along with “The Book of Atrixe Wolf”.

          All of her books are on my Re-read list, so you’ll be getting a bunch of them throughout the year 🙂

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  1. I have a McKillip book on my shelf right now! Haven’t read her before, but I admit that writing spun into silk sounds pretty darn good, haha. Thanks for highlighting her.

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      1. Drat, I’ll have to get out of my chair and check haha. Well let’s see…ah, it’s Ombria in Shadow! An artist friend of mine raves about McKillip, but I had been wondering if those gorgeous covers influenced her opinion. It’s good to hear that the insides are as beautiful as the cover art 🙂

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