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Fantasy author Patricia A. McKillip, the 21st century's response to Hans Christian Andersen, has mastered the art of writing fairy tales — as evidenced by previous works like The Tower at Stony Wood, Ombria in Shadow, and In the Forests of Serre. Alphabet of Thorn is yet another timeless fable suitable for children and adults alike.

In the kingdom of Raine, a vast realm at the edge of the world, an orphaned baby girl is found by a palace librarian and raised to become a translator. Years later, the girl — named Nepenthe — comes in contact with a mysterious book written in a language of thorns that no one, not even the wizards at Raine's famous Floating School for mages, can decipher. The book calls out to Nepenthe's very soul, and she is soon privately translating its contents. As she works tirelessly transcribing the book — which turns out to be about the historical figures of Axis, the Emperor of Night, and Kane, his masked sorcerer — the kingdom of Raine is teetering on the brink of chaos. The newly crowned queen, a mousy 14-year old girl named Tessera who wants nothing to do with matters of state, hides in the woods as regents plot revolution. The queen's destiny, however, is intertwined with Nepenthe's ability to unravel the mystery of the thorns.

Review:

"A mystical, eerie fantasy about the flight from love — and the haphazard progress toward love....A skillfully told adult fairy tale." Publishers Weekly

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"Romantic, magical, respectful of fantasy's traditions without being awed by them, McKillip's novels are near perfect examples of fantasy in the fairy-tale or folkloric mold, and the latest, Alphabet of Thorn, is among her best." Locus

Review:

"[At] once intimately personal and larger than life." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] novel that won't in the least disappoint McKillip's loyal readers or their high expectations." Booklist

Synopsis:

The World Fantasy Award-winning author opens the page on a time and place where an orphan girl is haunted by thorns...a reluctant queen rules between sea and sky...and epics never end.

Synopsis:

One of the most spectacular fantasists of our time, Patricia A. McKillip creates fairy tale worlds of wonder and magic. Now, she opens the page on a time and place where an orphan girl is haunted by thorns, a reluctant queen rules between sea and sky, and epics never end.

About the Author

Patricia A. McKillip is a winner of the World Fantasy Award, and the author of many fantasy novels, including The Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy, Stepping from the Shadows, and The Cygnet and the Firebird. She lives in Oregon.

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seereth, September 17, 2006 (view all comments by seereth)
Patricia McKillip specializes in an extremely surreal type of fantasy. It is necessary for the reader to pay close attention to everything McKillip writes - passages that seem to be merely descriptions of the landscape warp into actions and reflections upon the characters. McKillip's prose is a little like poetry in that way - every word matters. Her characters are interesting mixes of academic types, courtiers and sorcerors. The way she treats romance is also unique and unusual.

Alphabet of Thorn actually deals with several plots in two time periods. Most authors would lose the narrative thread, but McKillip pulls it off and the result is a very interesting read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441012435
Author:
Mckillip, Patricia A
Publisher:
Ace Books
Author:
McKillip, Patricia A.
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.64x5.14x.78 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Ace Books - English 9780441012435 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A mystical, eerie fantasy about the flight from love — and the haphazard progress toward love....A skillfully told adult fairy tale." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Romantic, magical, respectful of fantasy's traditions without being awed by them, McKillip's novels are near perfect examples of fantasy in the fairy-tale or folkloric mold, and the latest, Alphabet of Thorn, is among her best."
"Review" by , "[At] once intimately personal and larger than life."
"Review" by , "[A] novel that won't in the least disappoint McKillip's loyal readers or their high expectations."
"Synopsis" by , The World Fantasy Award-winning author opens the page on a time and place where an orphan girl is haunted by thorns...a reluctant queen rules between sea and sky...and epics never end.
"Synopsis" by , One of the most spectacular fantasists of our time, Patricia A. McKillip creates fairy tale worlds of wonder and magic. Now, she opens the page on a time and place where an orphan girl is haunted by thorns, a reluctant queen rules between sea and sky, and epics never end.
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