The Bell at Sealey Head ★★★★★

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Title: The Bell at Sealey Head
Series: ———-
Author: Patricia McKillip
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 245
Words: 71K

 

Synopsis:

From Wikipedia

The small ocean town of Sealey Head has long been haunted by a phantom bell that tolls as evening falls. The sound is so common that many of the town’s inhabitants do not even notice it, let alone questions its existence. Ridley Dow, a scholar from the city, comes to investigate the mystery, and sets up residence at the old inn owned by a young man named Judd and his ailing father. To aid Ridley, Judd enlists the help of his friend and love-interest Gwyneth, a young woman who writes her own stories to explain the bell.

On the other side of town is the ancient manor Aislinn House, whose owner, Lady Eglantine, lies dying. Emma, a servant in the house, is able to open doors that lead not into another room, but into another world. On the other side of Aislinn House’s doors is castle where the princess Ysabo moves through her daily rituals, tasks that Ysabo hates and does not understand, but cannot question. While Emma and Ysabo are able to speak to one another, neither has ever tried to cross into the other’s realm.

When Lady Eglantine’s heir Miranda Beryl comes to Aislinn House, Sealey Head’s secrets begin to reveal themselves, sometimes with dangerous consequences. Miranda brings to Sealey Head an entourage of friends from the city, as well as a strange assistant. As the town gets pulled deeper into the strange magic that Ridley, Judd, Gwyneth, and Emma uncover, Ridley breaches the border between Aislinn House and Ysabo’s world. It is only when the bell’s location and owner are discovered that Aislinn House and all of Sealey Head are able to return to safety.

 

My Thoughts:

I so enjoyed the time I spent reading this. While my reads in March were pretty cool, there is just something about McKillip’s writing that soothes my soul.

Everything I might have to say I’ve said about McKillip before. I’m not going to repeat it ad nauseum. Beautiful language, highly recommended, go read it.

You Are Welcome.

★★★★★

 

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27 thoughts on “The Bell at Sealey Head ★★★★★

    1. Part of my enthusiasm stems from the fact that she is the ONE author who strikes that tiny part of me, that almost non-existent part, of poetry in my soul. No other author has ever managed to do this. There doesn’t appear to be rhyme or reason to it.

      As for a second chance, I just don’t know what to say. I obviously want everyone else to love her work. I also realize that is just impossible and I’d rather you read something you know you’ll like than try to batter your head against a wall on my recommendation 😀

      Who knew that reading could be so complicated, hahahahaha!!!!!

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  1. Whenever I read your McKillip reviews, I have to remind myself that the two of us don’t quite get along just because you make her books sound amazing! I wish I liked her writing. I feel like I’m missing out. :-/

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    1. I was devastated when her next book , Kingfisher, stopped using Kinuko Craft’s art 😦
      And I’ve seen some of the re-releases with new covers. Absolute trash that won’t sell for spit!

      But yeah, a great book 😀

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