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Harrowing the Dragon [NOOK Book]

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A fantasist without equal, Patricia A. McKillip has created worlds of intricate beauty and unforgettably nuanced characters. For 25 years, she's drawn readers into her spell, spinning modern-day fables with a grace rarely seen.Now she presents a book of previously uncollected short stories, full of beautiful dragons, rueful princesses, and handsome bards, and written in the ...
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Harrowing the Dragon

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Overview

A fantasist without equal, Patricia A. McKillip has created worlds of intricate beauty and unforgettably nuanced characters. For 25 years, she's drawn readers into her spell, spinning modern-day fables with a grace rarely seen.Now she presents a book of previously uncollected short stories, full of beautiful dragons, rueful princesses, and handsome bards, and written in the gorgeous - and often surprisingly funny - prose she's known for. This is her world, wrapped up in the finery of fairy tales.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As shown in this excellent story collection, World Fantasy Award-winner McKillip (Od Magic) can take the most common fantasy elements-dragons and bards, sorcerers and shape-shifters-and reshape them in surprising and resonant ways. In "The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath," a man determined to drive off a fearsome dragon learns that pride can be as cold and monstrous as any beast. "The Snow Queen" and "The Lion and the Lark" (based on Beauty and the Beast) clothe old classics in new magic to examine the price of identity and the value of freedom. The bleak "Star-Crossed" details the official investigation into the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, while "Voyage into the Heart" tells of the heartless hunt to capture a unicorn's horn. "Baba Yaga and the Sorcerer's Son" is full of charm and humor, while the sly "Toad" reveals a frog prince who is far from innocent. Each of these tales is a gem of storytelling, a rich treasure for both fans and those yet to discover McKillip's deceptively simple magic. Agent, Howard Morhaim. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT - Donna Scanlon
The 15 short stories in this collection are a representative sample of McKillip's work over the past 25 years. The stories amply reflect her range and depth as an author: some are serious, some lighter, and all express an impressive grasp of the range of human emotions and motivations. Some are retellings of well-known fairy tales. "The Snow Queen" has a contemporary metropolitan setting that highlights the universality of love, loyalty and desire. Others, such as "The Lion and the Lark" or "Toad," have fairy tale settings with modern sensibilities. McKillip's word weaving often results in a dense and complex narrative, as in the title story, "Harrowing the Dragon." Here a woman who has lived her entire life in a world of snow and ice helps a sorcerer who would bring drastic change to the only life she knows. "Ash, Wood and Fire" paints an eerie portrait of the personal transformation of a cinder-girl who has reduced the people surrounding her to their functions as she sinks into her own essence. "The Lady of the Skulls" is another tale of personal transformation, this time calling on a knight to look beyond what meets the eye. Some of the stories are lighter in tone, such as "A Troll and Two Roses" and "Baba Yaga and the Sorcerer's Son." Even in the more serious stories, McKillip often injects a touch of humor to relieve tension and maintain perspective. Her language is always rich and selective but not self-conscious, and her books belong in any library, not only for leisure reading but as outstanding examples of quality writing.
Library Journal
In "The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath," a young Dragon Harrower and a girl from the mining village clash over whether or not the land's long winter comes from a dragon's presence, while in "The Lion and the Lark," McKillip tells her version of a classic myth in which a young woman loves a shapechanger, loses him, and then must prove her love through many trials and tribulations. This collection of 13 stories by one of fantasy's most elegant and luminescent writers brings together 25 years of short fiction into one lyrical volume. A superb choice for adult and YA fantasy collections, this title is highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This collection includes 15 tales previously published between 1982 and 1999. The stories range from high fantasy set on other worlds to a first-person account of the investigation into the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. A few ("The Lion and the Lark," "Toad," "The Snow Queen") are retellings of fairy tales. Of special interest is the variety of strong, often young female characters. In "The Fellowship of the Dragon," five young women are sent by their queen to rescue her lover, the court harper, with unexpected results. McKillip's elegant prose explores the nature of love, friendship, wisdom, and change, often with a touch of humor. Outstanding.-Sandy Freund, Richard Byrd Library, Fairfax County, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101208502
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 400,667
  • File size: 322 KB

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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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    To read or not read, that is the question

    I have had this book from the day it published. Open your mind as you think what you know is true and realize perhaps you do not know what is really true. Captivating, illuminating do not even begin.......

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fifteen fabulous fantasies

    This compilation of fifteen fantasies written in the 1980s (4) and 1990s (11) by award-winner Patricia A. McKillip are all delightful tales that showcases a wonderful author who is as comfortable with short stories as she is with novels. Few writers can match Ms. McKillip¿s skills with taking the standard sub-genre rudiments and turning them into the tools of Od Magic that make her such a terrific fantasist. All are superior entries, but this reviewer especially enjoyed the retelling of fairy tales. Each of the contributions is different, but share in common messages involving freedom to choose. Fans will enjoy this strong enticing anthology with tales like the official crime scene investigators looking into the suspicious deaths of Romeo and Juliet that seem so much like a murder-suicide crime of passion. A terrific imagination makes this a fine reading experience. --- Harriet Klausner

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