The Bell at Sealey Head

The Bell at Sealey Head

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by Patricia A. McKillip
     
 

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An “elegant” (Library Journal) fantasy from the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Solstice Wood

Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean, a sleepy place where everyone hears the ringing of a bell no one can see. On the outskirts of town is the one truly great house, Aislinn House, where the aged Lady Eglantyne

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An “elegant” (Library Journal) fantasy from the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Solstice Wood

Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean, a sleepy place where everyone hears the ringing of a bell no one can see. On the outskirts of town is the one truly great house, Aislinn House, where the aged Lady Eglantyne lies dying, and where the doors sometimes open not to its own dusty rooms, but to the wild majesty of a castle full of knights and princesses…

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Publishers Weekly

An unseen bell haunts a seaside town and a magical mansion in this delicate fable from World Fantasy Award winner McKillip (Od Magic). Inside the baffling Aislinn House, young chambermaid Emma, opening an ordinary cabinet door, might find a rack of towels or encounter knights, crows and a lonely princess. As Lady Eglantyne, the ancient matron of the house, lies dying, her long-lost grand-niece is sent for. The townspeople are delighted by wealthy, city-bred Miranda Beryl, but suspicious of her eagerness to make herself at home and inherit the house-spellbound bell and all. Meanwhile, vacationing academic Ridley Dow's interest in Aislinn House hints at another motive for his visit to the village beside the ocean. Romantic intrigue and touches of this fantastic make this light mystery an easy and pleasant read. (Sept.)

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Library Journal

The small seaside town of Sealey Head is home to a few families, an inn, and Aislinn House, an old mansion with a special power-its doors sometimes open onto the world of faerie, where princesses like young Ysabo occupy their time with a complex ritual and knights exist to marry the princesses. Each day at sunset, a bell sounds, heard by everyone, yet its whereabouts and the identity of its ringer remain unknown-until a few strangers arrive to unlock an ancient past. McKillip (Song for the Basilisk ; Solstice Wood ) weaves elegant modern fairy tales from simple themes, drawing the mythical and everyday worlds into an enchanted union. Elegant, deceptively spare prose and well-developed characters make this a good choice for adult and YA fantasy collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440635878
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
528,148
File size:
272 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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.

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The Bell at Sealey Head 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
merrycoz More than 1 year ago
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.
mandyrv80 More than 1 year ago
I love Patricia A. Mckillip. She's been a favorite author of mine for a long time. I've almost read all her books and everytime I pick one up I'm never disappointed. She just knows how to write a good fairy tale for grown ups. I look forward to reading more of her of enchanting tales.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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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