Once Upon an Autumn Eve

Once Upon an Autumn Eve

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by Dennis L. McKiernan
     
 

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Once upon an autumn eve, a wounded knight named Sieur Luc rides into the Autumnwood-and into the heart of Princess Liaze. But even as love blooms between them, dark forces snatch him away. Guided by the enigmatic Fates, Liaze sets out on a desperate quest to follow the trail of her true love no matter what perils she may encounter.  See more details below

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Once upon an autumn eve, a wounded knight named Sieur Luc rides into the Autumnwood-and into the heart of Princess Liaze. But even as love blooms between them, dark forces snatch him away. Guided by the enigmatic Fates, Liaze sets out on a desperate quest to follow the trail of her true love no matter what perils she may encounter.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Strictly for younger readers and those who favor frothy extended fairy tales, McKiernan's third seasonal fantasy (after Once Upon a Winter's Night and Once Upon a Summer Day) is set in the wondrous land of Faery, "a place of marvel and adventure and magic and peril, populated by mythical and mystical creatures and uncommon beings." When plucky amber-eyed Princess Liaze of the Autumnwoods rescues handsome and mysterious indigo-eyed knight-errant Luc from marauding goblins, the two instantly fall in love. Then Luc is kidnapped, and enemy wizard Orbane and his acolytes-the three witch sisters Hradian, Iniqu and Nefas -are implicated. Based loosely on the fairy tale of the Glass Mountain and the Scottish ballad of Tam Lin, the novel turns on the truth behind Luc's parentage, but one-dimensional characters and minimal tension won't hold fans of McKiernan's better known Mithgar series (The Dragonstone, etc.). (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In the Faerie realm of Autumnwood, the wounded knight Luc wins the love of Princess Liaze. As they prepare to announce their betrothal, however, a creature of darkness snatches him away. Determined to rescue her beloved, Liaze sets out on an epic journey that will test her loyalty, her courage, and her love. McKiernan's latest entry in his four-part fairy tale cycle goes beyond the reworking of the classic fairy tale, The Glass Mountain, to depict a world of magic and enchantment. Together with its companion volumes Once Upon a Winter's Night and Once Upon a Summer Day, this story belongs in most fantasy and YA collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451460691
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
04/04/2006
Series:
Faery Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.22(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Dennis L. McKiernan is the author of many novels, most of them set in the world of Mithgar. He is one of the most prolific and enduring writers of fantasy today.

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Once Upon an Autumn Eve 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of this series because each book takes you on a wonderful fairy tale adventure that is uniquely McKiernan. Though I enjoyed the characters of this novel, I found the storyline a bit repetitive. Even so, as a continuation of the series, the book was lovely. If you enjoy McKiernan's writing style, you might also like the storylines of "Gifts" by LeGuin, or "The Ill-Made Mute" by Dart-Thornton. The overall "feel" of these books were quite similar!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had the same plot as the 2 before it. The only thing that set it apart was the exsessive nudity. Nothing detailed but every chance possible the author comment on the characters being nude. The first book was cute, other than the nudity this one was too, but cute only goes so far and when you keep telling the same story over and over with different names it gets old fast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems a shame, because the premise is intriguing - four seasonal forests and full length fairy tales. The first two novels were okay, but by this third edition, the story ideas are thin and worn and the plotlines repetitive. Throw in the fact that the prose is clumsy (Liaze needs to take care of her 'feminine needs' fairly often) and you get this mess.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
The knight with blood pouring from his wounds enters Autumnwood in the magical land of Faery. Goblins pursue him until he falls from his horse as if dead. Princess Liaze quickly chases the goblins away from the fallen warrior. Realizing he still lives, she takes him to her home to heal while shocked that somehow he already has entered her heart. --- Sieur Luc and Liaze fall in love at first sight. However, someone abducts Luc from the safety of Liaze¿s demesne. Clues provided by the Fates point towards Liaze¿s enemy the Wizard Orbane and his three witches Hradian, Iniquí and Nefasí though why Luc is taken makes no sense to Liaze. She begins a quest to rescue her beloved with only the limited help of the Fates and the true love connection between their hearts to guide her. --- The third once upon a season fantasy (see ONCE UPON A WINTER'S NIGHT and ONCE UPON A SUMMER DAY) contains a delightful gender bender heroine coming to the rescue of the captured knight rather than the other way as happens in the somewhat similarly plotted fairy tale Glass Mountain. The story line is fast-paced, but the villains seem more like caricatures than fully realistic evil people. Still with a terrific twist involving Luc and a fabulous female champion, young fans of feature length fairy tales will enjoy Dennis McKiernan's latest trek into the land of Fairy. --- Harriet Klausner