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Kindred Rites

Kindred Rites

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by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Katharine Kimbriel
     
 

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Now that Alfreda has begun to learn the Wise Arts, she is needed at home in the village of Sun Return. The woods around the cabin are alive with playful Poltergeists. Candles light by themselves, and even the rocks dance! There is much work for a young practitioner.

But a more dangerous task calls. For a new family has moved to the frontier; a family with

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Now that Alfreda has begun to learn the Wise Arts, she is needed at home in the village of Sun Return. The woods around the cabin are alive with playful Poltergeists. Candles light by themselves, and even the rocks dance! There is much work for a young practitioner.

But a more dangerous task calls. For a new family has moved to the frontier; a family with strange ambitions and even stranger powers. And chief among them is a dark, handsome man known in Cat Hollow as Harold Hudson...and known on the Other Side as The Keeper of Souls.

Editorial Reviews

award-winning author of Briar Rose - Jane Yolen
"With a clear, distinctive voice, Katharine Kimbriel invents and re-invents magic on America’s frontier"
Locus Magazine - Carolyn Cushman
"charming...unusual...delightful...definitely worth checking out"
author of Crown Duel - Sherwood Smith
"It is good to see this back--the Alfreda stories are one of the reasons YA is so dynamic today. ...Little House on the Prairie meets Harry Potter, with a dash of Stephen King."
Shiny Book Review - Barb Caffrey
"This is one of the best historical dark fantasies I’ve ever read. ...If you’ve not read any of Katharine Eliska Kimbriel’s books yet, what’s stopping you?"
Sleeping Hedgehog - Jennifer Stevenson
“…once in a very great while I find something I wish I'd read thirty years before it was ever published. … These books do not let you rest.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061057960
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.77(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Katharine Eliska Kimbriel reinvents herself every decade or so. It's not on purpose, mind you-it seems her path involves overturning the apple cart, collecting new information & varieties of apple seed, and moving on. The one constant she has reached for in life is telling stories.

"I'm interested in how people respond to unusual circumstances. Choice interests me. What is the metaphor for power, for choice? In SF it tends to be technology (good, bad and balanced) while in fantasy the metaphor is magic-who has it, who wants or does not want it, what is done with it, and who/what the person or culture is after the dust has settled. A second metaphor, both grace note and foundation, is the need for and art of healing.

"A trope in fantasy is great power after passing through death. Well, at my crisis point, I didn't die. That means that I'm a wizard now. Who knows what I may yet accomplish?"

Kimbriel is the author of the Night Calls series (Night Calls, Kindred Rites, and Spiral Path) The Chronicles of Nuala series, and many short stories.

A John W. Campbell Award nominee.

KINDRED RITES is appropriate for ages 12-120. After 120, you're probably a vampire and may not spend much time reading.

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Kindred Rites 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Bran_Langley More than 1 year ago
Magic is a respected force in an alternate American frontier. Alfreda Sorensson has great talent for magic, and has been studying with her aunt, learning the ways of herb-lore and healing. Alfreda learns to deliver children and break curses, and because it is part of her training, she learns to summon Death himself. But not all practitioners serve their communities. Some abuse their powers to build petty kingdoms of power, and even pervert the normal ways of nature. People who will want to subvert Alfreda’s powers for their own. Kindred Rites continues the story of Alfreda Sorensson begun in Night Calls, both engrossing reads that consumed a weekend and left me in awe of the awesome storytelling displayed.
Eneelia More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Read. This book is as delightfully written as the first one Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel. She returns us to the American frontier and shares with us a cleverly crafted story that draws you in and keeps you enthralled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the series. This story has kept my attention. More exciting than the 1st. I would rate it 4 1/2 if I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now I need to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept of "magic". An easy read, engaging characters and situation. Look forward to reading more books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot get enough of this series, so happy there is a third out now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written story of a young girl who has the 'gift' coming into her power. better than I first thought it would be and far exceeded my expectations. I couldn't put it down.