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Brand new from the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Solstice Wood.

Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean, a sleepy place where everyone hears the ringing of a bell no one can see. On the outskirts of town is an impressive estate, Aislinn House, where the aged Lady Eglantyne lies dying, and where the doors sometimes open not to its own dusty rooms, but to the wild majesty of a castle full of knights and princesses.

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"An unseen bell haunts a seaside town and a magical mansion in this delicate fable from World Fantasy Award winner McKillip (Od Magic). Inside the baffling Aislinn House, young chambermaid Emma, opening an ordinary cabinet door, might find a rack of towels or encounter knights, crows and a lonely princess. As Lady Eglantyne, the ancient matron of the house, lies dying, her long-lost grand-niece is sent for. The townspeople are delighted by wealthy, city-bred Miranda Beryl, but suspicious of her eagerness to make herself at home and inherit the house — spellbound bell and all. Meanwhile, vacationing academic Ridley Dow's interest in Aislinn House hints at another motive for his visit to the village beside the ocean. Romantic intrigue and touches of this fantastic make this light mystery an easy and pleasant read. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"McKillip...weaves elegant modern fairy tales from simple themes, drawing the mythical and everyday worlds into an enchanted union. Elegant, deceptively spare prose and well-developed characters." Library Journal

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"[E]legantly written...McKillip's knack for vividly portrayed characters and fairy-tale ambience is evident." Booklist

Synopsis:

An "elegant" (Library Journal) fantasy from the World Fantasy Award- winning author of Solstice Wood.

Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean, a sleepy place where everyone hears the ringing of a bell no one can see. On the outskirts of town is the one truly great house, Aislinn House, where the aged Lady Eglantyne lies dying, and where the doors sometimes open not to its own dusty rooms, but to the wild majesty of a castle full of knights and princesses'.

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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Beth Gould, December 11, 2013 (view all comments by Beth Gould)
Excellent, but a little disappointing.
The mystery is intriguing and the writing in this book is beautiful. For instance:
"The cook, a massive mangel-wurzel of a woman, stirred with one hand and dabbed her tears and apron into the other. She had a long braid of gray-brown hair and expressive hazelnut eyes, which at the moment, were red and wellling over and salting the brine." (A mangel-wurzel is a type of root vegetable.)
Most of the characters are believable, but the villain's motivations kind of come out of nowhere. I wasn't expecting that from McKillip. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, for example, doesn't have that problem.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441017560
Author:
McKillip, Patricia A.
Publisher:
Ace Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Imaginary places
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
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Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.14x5.00x.75 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An unseen bell haunts a seaside town and a magical mansion in this delicate fable from World Fantasy Award winner McKillip (Od Magic). Inside the baffling Aislinn House, young chambermaid Emma, opening an ordinary cabinet door, might find a rack of towels or encounter knights, crows and a lonely princess. As Lady Eglantyne, the ancient matron of the house, lies dying, her long-lost grand-niece is sent for. The townspeople are delighted by wealthy, city-bred Miranda Beryl, but suspicious of her eagerness to make herself at home and inherit the house — spellbound bell and all. Meanwhile, vacationing academic Ridley Dow's interest in Aislinn House hints at another motive for his visit to the village beside the ocean. Romantic intrigue and touches of this fantastic make this light mystery an easy and pleasant read. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "McKillip...weaves elegant modern fairy tales from simple themes, drawing the mythical and everyday worlds into an enchanted union. Elegant, deceptively spare prose and well-developed characters."
"Review" by , "[E]legantly written...McKillip's knack for vividly portrayed characters and fairy-tale ambience is evident."
"Synopsis" by , An "elegant" (Library Journal) fantasy from the World Fantasy Award- winning author of Solstice Wood.

Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean, a sleepy place where everyone hears the ringing of a bell no one can see. On the outskirts of town is the one truly great house, Aislinn House, where the aged Lady Eglantyne lies dying, and where the doors sometimes open not to its own dusty rooms, but to the wild majesty of a castle full of knights and princesses'.

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