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.
Woods-wise and free-spirited, Rois Melior is the opposite of her sensible sister, Laurel. But both Rois, who narrates, and Laurel fall under the spell of the stranger who enters their world. Decades ago, according to village gossip, Tearle Lynn murdered his father and mysteriously disappeared. Now Tearle's son, Corbet, has come home to rebuild crumbling Lynn Hall. Despite her attraction to Corbet, Rois is warned by her otherworldly senses that he is not what he seems. As Laurel falls hard for Corbet, Rois searches for the truth about the Lynns, but the answers she finds lead only to more questions. When Corbet disappears, Laurel begins to sicken and fade. To save her sister as well as Corbet, Rois will have to come to terms with the secret of her own changeling identity. The pace here is deliberate and sure, with no false steps; the writing is richly textured and evocative. McKillip (The Book of Atrix Wolf, and winner in 1975 of a World Fantasy Award for her novel The Forgotten Beasts of Eld) weaves a dense web of desire and longing, human love and inhuman need. (July)
Wild and free-spirited Rois Melior finds Corbett Lynn rebuilding his grandfather's house in the woods. Soon her engaged sister, the practical and domestic Laurel, has fallen for Corbett. When Corbett disappears, Rois travels during sleep between the woods and another shadow world to find him. McKillip's (The Book of Atrix Wolfe, Ace, 1995) lyrical imagery infuses this coming-of-age story with intrigue in a world of nature. Highly recommended for fantasy collections.
"The pace here is deliberate and sure, with no false steps; the writing is richly textured and evocative...[Winter Rose] weaves a dense web of desire and longing, human love and inhuman need."--Publishers Weekly "Fascinating and enchanting."--Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction "The prose is impeccable, the story memorable, and the characters admirable." --Science Fiction Chronicle "McKillip manages to be both subtle and wise...Winter Rose confronts icy feyness with warm humanity, and leaves us surprised by joy."--Faren Miller, Locus "McKillip's prose, which is always wondrous, is rarely less than perfect here."--Shira Daemon, Locus "Characteristically fresh, dainty fantasy...tingling and affecting work...delightful, delicate."--Kirkus Reviews "Like some exquisite bloom, rich in subtlety and headily intoxicating with lush prose."--Starlog "The story is well crafted and intriguing, McKillip's prose is as good as ever, and her evocation of both the familiar and the mysterious is nothing less than masterly...An excellent book."--Booklist "A work rich in language...and dramatic in its emotions, Winter Rose envelopes the reader with a dense sensuality...a complex romance of magic and longing."--Adventures of Sword & Sorcery "Weaving folkloric elements into a fresh and original tale, McKillip employs deliberate, evocative language. She narrates her tale at a regal, measured pace that neither lags nor falters. This is not a book to be read in a hurry; it is meant to be savored. At the same time, it is dotted with deft touches of humor and with familiar, ordinary details which heighten the authenticity of the emotions it evokes. Fantasy addicts looking for a refreshing change will especially appreciate this one."--KLIATT "Exquisite fantasy."--Voice of Youth Advocates "A surprisingly moving story of love and sacrifice, one that echoes that fairy-tale classic 'The Snow Queen.'"--Time Out Books "McKillip's writing is also warm and intimate and always approachable...a haunting novel...beautifully deliberate, richly textured."--Valley Times "Weaves a dense web of desire and longing, human love and inhuman need."--Publishers Weekly "In this lyrical book, every sentence seems chipped from jewels or woven from water; the sheer beauty of language is enough to transport you."--Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction