The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld Sixteen when a baby is brought to her to raise Sybel has grown up on Eld Mountain Her only playmates are the creatures of a fantastic menagerie called there by wizardry Sybel has cared nothing for hu
  • Title: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
  • Author: Patricia A. McKillip
  • ISBN: 9780152055363
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
    Sixteen when a baby is brought to her to raise, Sybel has grown up on Eld Mountain Her only playmates are the creatures of a fantastic menagerie called there by wizardry Sybel has cared nothing for humans, until the baby awakens emotions previously unknown to her And when Coren the man who brought this child returns, Sybel s world is again turned upside down.
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  • Patricia A. McKillip

    Patricia Anne McKillip is an American author of fantasy and science fiction novels, distinguished by lyrical, delicate prose and careful attention to detail and characterization She is a past winner of the World Fantasy Award and Locus Award, and she lives in Oregon Most of her recent novels have cover paintings by Kinuko Y Craft She is married to David Lunde, a poet.According to Fantasy Book Review, Patricia McKillip grew up in Oregon, England, and Germany, and received a Bachelor of Arts English in 1971 and a Master of Arts in 1973 from San Jose State University.McKillip s stories usually take place in a setting similar to the Middle Ages There are forests, castles, and lords or kings, minstrels, tinkers and wizards Her writing usually puts her characters in situations involving mysterious powers that they don t understand Many of her characters aren t even sure of their own ancestry Music often plays an important role Love between family members is also important in McKillip s writing, although members of her families often disagree.


  • how to express how much I love Patricia McKillip and her books, how much her stories move me, how they slowly and invisibly transform from enthralling fairy tale to a genuinely emotional experience how to describe the prose so refined and elegant, so expressive, so light and delicate, so deep and beautiful, and yet often so simple just so her arrangements are perfect, my own kind of perfect how to describe all of that, to make into something as plodding as a book review love is a subjective expe [...]

  • What made this novel really amazing is on how excellent Patricia A McKillip wrote this The author used her skill to write majestic words to describe each characters and places, as well as breathtaking prose to narrate the story If I m not mistaken, this book was first published four decades ago and that it also won the World Fantasy Award for Novel on 1975 It wouldn t be winning an award if it s not good, right McKillip utilized her eloquence that made the story of Sybel, Tam, Coren, and of the [...]

  • See this review and like it on bookbastionThis year when I started book review blogging, I realized that I was reading an awful lot of brand new books that were garnering a lot of hype Not that that s a bad thing, but I decided along the way that when the opportunity presented itself I also wanted to better acquaint myself with older books Stories that had been around for a lot longer are often written in a different way than the books of today There s less focus on continuous action moving the [...]

  • This book gave me chills Still does I went in knowing nothing about it I mean, I did skim some of the reviews, so I knew it was highly rated and people seemed to love, but other than that, I had no idea what it s about or what to expect, and I had never read Patricia McKillip before.And that was the best way to approach because the writing blew me away It is simply SO GOOD and has a beautiful fluidity to it that makes it so easy to fall into What impresses me most is that the prose is neither pu [...]

  • Patricia A Mckillip is one of my favourite fantasy writers At the risk of sounding politically incorrect in a PC world, I find her voice uniquely feminine Her prose is both rhythmical and intoxicating In this novel of isolation and seclusion, Sybil is brought up by her father on Eld mountain Her sole companions are animals, which her father calls to the area When Sybil s father passes away, isolated Sybil still with only her beasts for company studies magic to evolve into a powerful sorceress Sy [...]

  • One day Patricia A McKillip will write a bad book and that ll be the first sign of the impending apocalypse I have no idea how I went through so many years of my life without having read her books Actually, that would probably be because there are no Portuguese translations and I have to buy the originals from the UK The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is, in a word, delightful Like all of McKillip s books the reader is lost in her magical worlds from the very first page She writes things and they seem [...]

  • Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a wonderfully written, richly textured, high fantasy from Patricia A McKillip Even though it is quite limited in length, it is still filled with insightful moments and fascinating insights all of it set in beautifully rendered fairy tale world.Sybel is a young, powerful sorceress, who has spent her life in isolation, her interaction with humans nonexistent She knows nothing outside of her mountain home, nor does she really wish to [...]

  • Arc received by the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.A dramatic, lyrical ballad locked into simple prose Obscure, seemingly effortless, magical and breathtaking I don t think I have ever come across a book like this before in the fantasy genre If I were to tell you what the story is about, it would not amount to much and there is hardly any worldbuilding, but the writing is so compelling, so powerful, so seductive and beautiful that I just cannot shake the effect it has h [...]

  • This is my favorite book of all time If I had to pick a desert island book, it would be this one.There is something about the way this book flows that is actually literary magic It s about magic, and riddles, and all sort of other legendary things but it s like fractal mathematics beautiful, impossible for an ordinary human to understand, and yet hypnotic Just the opening paragraph is chilling, and thrilling, and all sort of other trilling llls in a row I can t describe this book, because its be [...]

  • I both liked and disliked this book Took me ages to get invested in it about half the book , but then it got interesting I feel like it s because midway, the book changes quite drastically It starts involving FEELINGS Love, revenge Before that I knew as much as you do what was going on.There are reasons why I dislike high fantasy or at least high ish fantasy, but I still keep trying I should stop I am not comfortable with a crucial thing most high fantasies do, and that s dropping 50 inconsequen [...]

  • This full review can be viewed on my blog along with others at shesgoingbookcrazyI received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thanks Released today I need you to forgive me And then perhaps I can begin to forgive myself There is no one but you who can do that either A book like this is intimidating to pick up Not because it is mundane, nor because it is necessarily daunting although it is, in a way No, my friends This book entails every aspect that fantasy writi [...]

  • Somehow, from the midst of feeling dreadful because of this cold, I realised that what I really wanted to read was something by Patricia McKillip It s so strange how I disliked the first book of hers I read I feel like I appreciate her work with each book I do read And this one it s fairytale like, mythic a review on GR said parable like , and yes that too It s full of epic fantasy elements but the real struggle is between taking revenge and being true to who you really are and those you love T [...]

  • Rating 3.5 of fiveI read this book in 1975 It was impressive to my teenaged self, but was the beginning of the end for me and fantasy as a primary reading genre Beautifully written, richly textured, full of those lovely small moments that demonstrate deft and economical world building Also larded through with moments of profound insight for my inexperienced self What do you think love is a thing to startle from the heart like a bird at every shout or blow You can fly from me, high as you choose [...]

  • 5 stars it was amazing.A story about this book I first read it when I was 11 or 12 My local library at the time didn t have a YA section in fact, I m not sure the concept of YA fiction existed at the time, though that would change soon by the time I was in high school, the library had a separate section for teens The library s juvenile book section was arranged with picture books on one side of the room, middle reader chapter books in the middle of the room, and one free standing shelf of older [...]

  • 4.5 Stars Goodness, this was a great story Sybel has grown up mostly in isolation The daughter of a wizard, she is immensely powerful Her mountain home is surrounded by a beautiful garden in which reside legendary magical beasts whom she controls with her powers Her situation makes her emotionally isolated and selfish, but change soon comes in the form of an orphaned infant boy, brought to her by Coren, a soldier Coren asks her to love and protect the child, Tam, and she agrees With the help of [...]

  • Enter a land where wise old boars speak, as well as falcons, lions and cats A land filled with sorcery, beauty and evil .Known as the ice white lady, Sybil was raised to live to care only for the mythical beasts under her control powerful, beautiful and wise, and feared by man she knows none of the ways of men and prefers to keep it that way Until one day, when a young babe is left in her arms, and she learns to love, and gets entangled in a War she wants no part ofE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD is a [...]

  • The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is one of the great classics of fantasy, though rarely shows up on lists of important books , perhaps because it is the story of a powerful woman learning to be human.Sybel is an extremely powerful mage, and has been raised on one side of a clear dichotomy between power knowledge and love hate humanity She is the first daughter in a line of mages who have devoted themselves to knowledge, who studied and gained the true names of the world s greatest creatures, and coll [...]

  • Dude, I m glad this was not the first McKillip book I ever read I ve loved everything I ve read by her before, but this was terrible Which is too bad, since I always heard it was so great But I definitely wouldn t have given her other books a chance if I d come across this one first.Well, okay, terrible might be a little strong There are well written parts Still, skill matters little when I hated a the characters, b the plot, and c seriously, every single character And parts of it weren t well d [...]

  • 8 year old me collects little statuettes of dragons 8 year old me climbs trees and jumps out of the branches 8 year old me cuddles her cats and tries desperately to make them talk back to her 8 year old me loves to read and writes short stories about two girls who make friends with a dragon on a mountain Much like the animals in this novel, I felt drawn inexorably towards Sybel and her story Patricia McKillip seems to have a hold over me, because reading her novels, I cannot help but be whisked [...]

  • The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A McKillip is a fantasy classic I don t remember when I read it for the first time, but it s a wonderful book and I re read it every few years Sybel, the beautiful and powerful wizard and her magical animals are part of this charming, magical cautionary tale about power and revenge Sybel is the daughter and granddaughter of wizards and lives in a house of white polished stone built by her grandfather, the wizard Myk, on Eld Mountain She shares this home wi [...]

  • 3.5 5 4 stars B The dreamy quality of McKillip s writing draws a person in and makes the reader feel like they are part of the fairytale I like how this author makes some pretty in depth commentary on society, gender roles, politics and intangible things like hopes and dreams She doesn t lay it out directly but weaves it into her story.On its surface this is kind of a children s quest story but the underlying messages are deeper than that There is quite a lot of navel gazing involved in gleaning [...]

  • This was a bit denser than the usual bedtime reading fare, both in the writing and in the feelz But the little one loved it, and that s what matters.

  • A parable yeah, that s close enough about the sorceress on an isolated mountain the king she raises and the man she falls in love with, and how she is drawn back down into the world of men and politics and power and greed.This is a hard book It has this precise, chilly sort of narration, like it s dissecting this story even as the characters act it out with dramatic, stylized gestures The sorceress can call creatures to her a black swan, a dragon and bind them to her The book is about that, abo [...]

  • Wow Wow wow wow wow I could just write wow for this entire review.Reasons I m saying wow badass lady wizard extraordinaire portrayal of trauma and the healing process that isn t sexist lovely lovely prose all around beautifulWhen it started I thought I was in for something along the lines of Arthurian legend And certainly I think McKillip is playing with that storyline trope It s certainly engaging enough in the beginning that I wanted to keep reading even though I d read similar enough fantasy [...]

  • Beautifully told story of love, betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness Filled with emotional tension that will keep you gripped until the end Above is what I wrote after reading this book for the first time around 9 years ago I don t read much fantasy these days but do from time to time like to dip my toes in I m on a bit of a re reading roll at the moment and this jumped out at me from the bookshelf I think if anything I enjoyed reading this this time than I did the first McKillip has something o [...]

  • A very beautiful, interesting and well written fantasy, recommended to me by the critic, writer and academic Florin Pitea, to whom I express my thanks.

  • This is the third McKillip book I ve read, and my clear favorite so far The spare, detached style puts one in mind of a fairy tale, but the story works because it s a very human and emotional one in the end the narrative detachment doesn t distance the reader from the tale so much as prevent all the strong emotion from dragging it into melodrama.The blurb is all wrong and the cover seems to be based on the blurb it ll tell you it s about a 16 year old and implies that this is one of those tireso [...]

  • At first, I thought this book would be four stars three for the story, five for the writing As the story progressed, though, I realized that it, too, deserves five stars I m never good at writing about books that I really like I ll say that the writing is the best part about it Everyone talks about McKillip s lyrical prose, so I won t go into it other than to agree with everyone else The characters are well drawn The plot is interesting The fantasy elements are strong I love Sybel s relationship [...]

  • I am an old woman with a weakness for meddling, and people give me rings and soft furs and bright ribbons I weave on a small loom with threads of simple colours But Sybel now there is a weave, her weave, with a loom the size of Eldwold and threads of living scarlet A recent conversation about Patricia McKillip reminded me how much I liked The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, the first book of hers I read I always meant to read it again, but somehow never got around to it This I have now done.A moody, sl [...]

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