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Title: The Tower at Stony Wood
Author: Patricia McKillip
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Format: Kindle digital edition
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.
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.
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