In the Forests of Serre

In the Forests of Serre

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by Patricia A. McKillip
     
 

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In the tales of World Fantasy Award-winning author Patricia McKillip, nothing is ever as it seems. A mirror is never just a mirror; a forest is never just a forest. Here, it is a place where a witch can hide in her house of bones and a prince can bargain with his heart...where good and evil entwine and wear each others' faces... and where a bird with feathers of

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In the tales of World Fantasy Award-winning author Patricia McKillip, nothing is ever as it seems. A mirror is never just a mirror; a forest is never just a forest. Here, it is a place where a witch can hide in her house of bones and a prince can bargain with his heart...where good and evil entwine and wear each others' faces... and where a bird with feathers of fire can quench the fiercest longing...

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In the magical forests of Serre lives a witch named Brume, the Mother of All Witches, an ugly, dangerous hag that everyone -- and every living thing -- avoids at all costs. Infamous for her knobby, callused feet that broaden to inhuman size when she picks up her house of bones and carries it, she is said to stew and devour anyone who enters the skeletal cottage.

When Prince Ronan, grief-stricken over the recent death of his wife and newborn child, accidentally tramples one of Brume's white hens with his horse, she lays a curse on him. Ronan will wander aimlessly through the forests for eternity until he captures a firebird, a breathtakingly beautiful creature indigenous to Serre, and returns it to Brume in a golden cage. But Ronan must find his way home as soon as possible. Sidonie, the youngest daughter of the King of Dacia, is betrothed to Ronan and awaiting his return. If Ronan doesn't come back, the innocent girl will be trapped in his evil warlord father's fortress forever. Even though he doesn't want to marry the princess, he feels compelled to save her….

Patricia A. McKillip just keeps getting better with every book. She has become an absolute master of the fairy tale. Like Ombria in Shadow, her previous release, In the Forests of Serre is a surreal mixture of fantasy, fable, and romance. And the truly wonderful thing about these novels is that their appeal is ageless; the stories can be enjoyed by adults and make great read-alouds for children as well. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441011575
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
609,550
Product dimensions:
6.92(w) x 4.96(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

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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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In the Forests of Serre 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. Everything about it, from the way she develops characters to the laying out of the chapters that keep you guessing...wonderful. If you love fantasy, love fairytales and love reading, pick this book up! Patricia McKillip is amazing!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time in the kingdom of Serre, the heir to the throne Prince Ronan went to war in the hopes that he would be killed in battle. He lost his wife and child and saw no reason to go on living but fate had something else planned for him. On his return home from battle his horse stepped on a witch¿s chicken and she cursed him. When he returned home, his father informed him that he arranged for the prince to marry Princess Sidonie of Dacia, a kingdom known for its powerful sorceress.

The prince is ensorcelled by a firebird and follows it into the forest where he meets the princess and the Gyre sorcerer who accompanies her from her land. No introductions occur and the princess resumes her journey only to find that her bridegroom is not at the palace awaiting her. Gyre searches for him, but when he encounters the prince he changes him into a firebird and assumes the appearance of Ronan. Gyre intends to take over the prince¿s role because Roman doesn¿t want it and the sorcerer does.

Patricia A. McKillip weaves her usual magic to create a spellbinding tale of two star-crossed lovers who find that fate is not always unkind. The adventures they partake in change them in subtle ways, making them more aware of the needs of the other and wanting to give that person their heart¿s desire. Readers will remember the irascible witch in this tale who lives in a house of bones, has big feet and is more and less than she seems.

Harriet Klausner

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Looked around
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Urgh im weird
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She glanced around, looking for someone to mate with.
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Well, you got a newcomer in me. Happy birthday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fine then!" Rolls the death berrie away
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[ Oh, my!! Two /whole/ days!! How scandalous!! Just give him a while. It's his Clan, after all. He deserves the benefit of doubt, if not total respect. ]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk..
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Yawns
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Sits down