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The Bell at Sealey Head

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    fabulous thriller

    The small fishing village of Sealey Head is not quite the quiet quaint place that visitors believe they see. Everyday at the last moment of sunset, a bell rings out but no one knows its origin or who is ringing the bell. Lady Eglantyne inhabits the grandest home Aislinn House in the village she knows her days are ending soon and there is nothing the healer or herbalist can do that can prevent her demise. --- The herbalist¿s daughter¿s maid Emma knows there is another Aislinn House within the one in the mortal realm that resides in a realm filled with knights and rituals performed everyday. Emma has seen glimpses of this medieval world when she opens a door to find the Princess Yarbo inside the room yet her highness cannot cross into the mortal realm. Scholar Ridley Dole comes to the village fascinated with Aislinn House as he believes the place is under a spell where the inhabitants are regimented like puppets whose strings are being pulled. Ridley¿s ancestor Nemos Moore used magic to link the Aislinn Houses he hopes to undo his work to save the people, but is unsure how and remains ignorant to a malevolent person hiding in plain sight who will kill him to insure the status quo remains. --- Patricia A. McKillip is a brilliant fantasist who makes her two Aislinn Houses and their connection seem real. There are many interesting characters, not all human for instance the titled Bell, in this ensemble tale. Readers will ponder the source of the bell and what it means to both sides of the portal especially if it fails to ring. Somewhat a high fantasy with a minor romantic subplot, THE BELL AT SEALEY HEAD is a fabulous thriller that grips the audience from the first time the bell peals as fans will wonder ¿For Whom the Bell Tolls¿ if the ringing stops. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 21, 2014

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    Another magical book by Patricia McKillip, who's one of my favor

    Another magical book by Patricia McKillip, who's one of my favorite fantasy writers. the situation is intriguing: the idea of two worlds connected by the sound of a mysterious bell. The characters are interesting and believable: Ysabo trying to escape the empty rituals of her world; Gwyneth trying to keep from being trapped by expectations in her own world. There's humor and magic here. A wonderful, lyrical, satisfying read.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo

    Every night right before the sun sets, an unseen bell rings throughout the village of Sealey Head. Although most people ignore it, the younger residents all want to know its mystery. Believing the stories some say of the bell ringing from the faerie realm at the sight of a tragic shipwreck, a young man named Ridley Dow, who recently moved into town, decides to look into the mystery. Along the way, he meets Judd Cauley, son of an aging lighthouse keeper; Judd's girlfriend, Gwyneth Blair; and the heir to the Aislinn House, Miranda Beryl. As Lady Eglantyne, the ancient matron of the house, lays dying, the four decide to unravel the mystery of the bell and the house that has a habit of creating enchanted rooms filled with things of its past. As they uncover the truth, however, they realize the two (the bell and the house) are linked - and the end result will be disastrous for the village of Sealey Head. Can the four friends find a way to save their town, or will life as they know it be destroyed? THE BELL AT SEALEY HEAD is a great action-filled fantasy adventure for fans of mythology and paranormal things. The characters are quirky, entertaining, and fun to follow. The plot is well-developed and holds the reader's interest. Those who like fantasy, mysteries, and fiction filled with myths and faeries will enjoy reading this book.

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