Synopses & Reviews
No stranger to the realms of myth and magic, World Fantasy Award winning author Patricia A. McKillip presents her first contemporary fantasy in years. Solstice Wood
is a tale of the tangled lives we mere mortals lead, when we turn our eyes from the beauty and mystery that lie just outside of the everyday.
When her beloved grandfather dies, bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn knows she must finally return to her childhood home in upstate New York and face the grandmother who raised her and the woods which so beguiled and frightened her. But it's not until she meets the Fiber Guild a group of local women who meet to knit, embroider, and sew that Sylvia learns why her grandmother watches her so. A primitive power exists in the forest, a force the Fiber Guild seeks to bind in its stitches and weavings. And Sylvia is no stranger to the woods.
"World Fantasy Award-winner McKillip revisits the setting of her masterful novel Winter Rose (1996) in this compelling contemporary fantasy. Summoned home for her grandfather's funeral, Sylvia Lynn arrives with the intention of leaving as soon as possible. Once there, however, she feels the treacherous pull of the old house, the shadowy forest around it and the otherworldly beings who live there. Sylvia's grandmother introduces her to the Fiber Guild, women who meet once a month to sew the magical barriers that protect Lynn Hall from the fay, 'a cold, loveless, dangerous people.' But the hall's protective magic has weakened, leaving Sylvia both mortal and faery herself vulnerable as 'the bridge across the boundaries' between the two worlds. Can generations of mistrust and long-hoarded secrets yield to a truce, let alone a new understanding and even trust between faery and human? Though McKillip has traded her usual lyrical style for a sparser approach, she doesn't stint on characterization, mood or mystery in this multilayered tale." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"McKillip dazzles with this lovely tale of fairy and human worlds meeting and melding." Booklist (Starred Review)
"With the same gentle elegance that she uses to craft her fairy tale fantasies, McKillip (Od Magic) infuses the present-day world with the elements of myths and the elusiveness of the supernatural." Library Journal
"As always, McKillip writes sparely, with elegance and precision..." Kirkus Reviews
"McKillip does not overdo the whimsy or let her inventiveness run amok. Her approach is cool, understated. Even readers who think they don't like fantasy may find themselves drawn in." Boston Globe
The World Fantasy Award-winning author of "Od Magic" makes a foray into the modern world with this contemporary fantasy about the tangled lives mortals lead when they turn their eyes from the beauty and mystery that lie just outside of the everyday.
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.