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Cygnet By Patricia A. McKillip Cygnet In the realm of fantasy one name stands out from the crowd For many years Patricia A McKillip has charmed readers with her unique brand of prose magic Locus Now for the first time in one volume sh

  • Title: Cygnet
  • Author: Patricia A. McKillip
  • ISBN: 9780441014835
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cygnet By Patricia A. McKillip In the realm of fantasy, one name stands out from the crowd For many years, Patricia A McKillip has charmed readers with her unique brand of prose magic Locus Now, for the first time in one volume, she offers two of her classic tales The Sorceress and the Cygnet and The Cygnet and the Firebird which delve into the fate of the Ro family and an otherworld rich in mythIn the realm of fantasy, one name stands out from the crowd For many years, Patricia A McKillip has charmed readers with her unique brand of prose magic Locus Now, for the first time in one volume, she offers two of her classic tales The Sorceress and the Cygnet and The Cygnet and the Firebird which delve into the fate of the Ro family and an otherworld rich in myth and mayhem, magic and adventure
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    1. Kalin on said:

      Notes in progress I started reading this duology than a year ago, but I decided to pause after the first few chapters, because the writing was too dense and deep for the state in which my brain was at the time Now I m picking it up again and it s breathtaking I can t remember ever experiencing such an intense sense of moving among archetypes and characters larger than legend, through that realm where words can mean anything and can make everything happen the realm of primal fantasy and sacred t [...]

    2. Ash H. on said:

      Considering I have read almost all of Patricia McKillip s books published ones, at least , this book was a surprise Those among you who thought the Riddle Master of Hed had obscurity riddling it s pages are in for a one is even intricate, convoluted, subtle and evasive but as beautifully written as one would expect to come out of PK s pen BUT, it does get to a point where the layer upon layer of reality mixing with fantasy thus made it the first PK book I took my time finishing Cygnet [...]

    3. Kelley Ceccato on said:

      The story of this book is the story of a year I read The Sorceress and the Cygnet at the beginning of this year, and I just finished The Cygnet and the Firebird What both books have to recommend them 1 A plentiful cast of sympathetic female figures, including one of the satisfying depictions of female authority in Nyx s mother, and two sisters who, while they re meant to contrast sharply with Nyx, are remarkable in their own ways Nyx s older sister Iris, in particular, is exactly what the regre [...]

    4. Jennifer on said:

      The Cygnet duology receives a 4 instead of 5 stars due to the first part of the duology, Sorceress and the Cygnet.I found Sorceress and the Cygnet incredibly frustrating I still have absolutely no idea what actually happened in the climax I can t remember the last time I ve been so annoyed and frustrated at a book s ending.Don t get me wrong, I m a huge fan of McKillip, and am familiar with her poetic prose and heavy imagery But she didn t help the reader to understand what was happening at all [...]

    5. Ami on said:

      Rich, beautiful lyrical prose that I love reading, aloud to my daughters or otherwise I especially love The Sorceress and the Cygnet I originally read it at least 20 years ago as a young girl It was actually the book that propelled me into the realm of fantasy although alas, I had forgotten until very recently I wanted to share it with my own daughter but I could rember nothing about it except that it had something to do with swans However, none of the other books I came across in my search fit [...]

    6. Chaundra on said:

      I am a huge fan of McKillip s later works and this one had been languishing on my shelves for some time It looked like a good bridge between some of the next books I was wanting to read and so picked it up The first book is something of a slog the writing isn t quite as polished as to what I ve become accustomed in her later books and the plot moves in some very unfamiliar, difficult to follow ways without any satisfying resolution The second book in this compendium is a much traditional narrat [...]

    7. Ian Mathers on said:

      I think the main reason Patricia A McKillip is my favourite fantasy author is that, of everyone I ve read, she s the one who does the best job of living up to the genre name It s not that her books are hard to follow or confusing although 1 you have to be willing to accept how much her magic works with symbols, allusions, the irrational, etc 2 they do reward attention , but as magic naturally does they obey their own rules, and you are not going to have them set out for you, nicely codified Afte [...]

    8. Beth on said:

      Dazzling tale It embodies fantasy there is action, adventure, mystery, peril, strange lands, mages, a bit of romance, and, of course, dragons As always, McKillip s writing is simply beautiful description just doesn t do it justice While there are numerous characters, each are unique, and I didn t feel bogged down when the story shifted from one character to another and back again, like I have in some of her other novels I genuinely cared about what happened to the characters, which doesn t alway [...]

    9. Miriam on said:

      I agree that this book can be a little hard to get into The author is very good at painting a picture in the mind with her words, and it was very easy to get lost in those pictures Unfortunately, when you find your way out of that picture, it might take a moment to remember what was happening in the story.That said, I did enjoy the stories The second was much easier to read, having had all the set up in the first, and I almost hope for one story to follow these two though I suppose its been far [...]

    10. Yati on said:

      Two books in one volume The Sorceress and the Cygnet and The Cygnet and the Firebird.I m still not sure what to think of the book as a whole The writing is beautiful but the characters seem distant, though they become real in the second book I think I ve said this before about McKillip her prose is beautiful but exhausting It takes me forever to get through the pages and I almost always take a break from the book at the end of each chapter.

    11. Susan on said:

      Patricia McKillip is a great writer There are really two books in this new edition Both books use the same characters for the story These books are fantastical than some of her others that I have read The imagery in these books is just amazing Homes with endless rooms, path of time contained in a small cube, a firebird fighting a mage, etc Characters are lovely I cannot wait to read all of her writing.

    12. Onewooga on said:

      It took me a while to finish this set of books Patricia Ann McKillip s writing has an ethereal quality usually, but these early works seem so than usual The first book is the hardest beautiful images, yet hard to reach characters The second one was better the characters finally take on depth and feeling You could read one without the other, except certain concepts that are introduced in the first book would be missing and might be confusing.

    13. Rick on said:

      Rereading this 2 story collection as I never finished the second book the first time around What joy Patricia s novels bring Like eating solid healthy food instead of the very common fast food junk that often passes as fantasy finish today 31 jan 2016Very sweet adventure and a solid addition to Patricia s awesome catalogue wonder if there will be a third book one day

    14. Arianna on said:

      I would describe Patricia McKillip s storytelling style as dreamlike She writes quite beautifully, and as I grow older I have come to appreciate her writing than I could when I was a teenager Perhaps it is because her style is one that you have to get used to I ll be going back to some of her earlier books to re read them.

    15. Sabrina on said:

      The Cygnet duology is so gorgeous and literary and romantic Yes, McKillip makes you work to conjure meaning and understanding from her story the best books are like that but it is absolutely worth it in the end My biggest complaint is that the story wasn t longer I adored all of her characters, especially Meguet, Corleu, Nyx, and Hew.

    16. Violinknitter on said:

      Ok, this is kind of a cheat, because I ve read both of these books before in their separate editions I always love McKillip s books, but the Cygnet books hold a special place in my heart, even among McKillip s excellent stories.

    17. Moira on said:

      There are actually 2 books in this book The first one was kinda hard to follow, which surprised me from this author The second one was much easier to follow and I got much caught up in the story and characters.

    18. Jessififi on said:

      So far I m having a difficult time getting into thisbut anything by McKillip is worth reading once I can get into it so I shall persevere.

    19. Jennifer on said:

      First time reading this author love how poetic her writing is.

    20. Jenny on said:

      If did half stars, I would give it 3.5 stars The 1st book is about a 3 Then it started to really pick up in the 2nd book So I would give the 2nd book 4 stars.

    21. Christina on said:

      Two books in one volume Liked the second one best Full of McKillip s usual magical, evocative words and worlds.

    22. Katy on said:

      I am enjoying reading Patricia McKillip Her writing is well done and her world building has a different twist.

    23. C on said:

      This book is hard to find but I think it s one of McKillip s best I think this is the edition that contains 2 separate books The SorceressThe Cygnet and the Firebird

    24. Miriam on said:

      I had read both books that are included here previously, but in the wrong order, so I reread them the right way round.

    25. Christi on said:

      This consists of two novels I ve only read the first so far The Sorceress and the Cygnet This isn t my favorite of Patricia McKillip s novels, but it s still a good read.

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