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Return: An Innkeeper's World Story

Return: An Innkeeper's World Story

by Peter S. Beagle

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Beagle's novella, set in the world of 1991's The Innkeeper's Song, is an intimate take on the relatively common fantasy conceit of a powerful band of recluses. Following an encounter with three assassins, the wanderer Soukyan decides it is time to return to the monastery from which he had long ago escaped and take revenge on those who sent the killers. Beagle hints that Soukyan's world stretches far and wide but mostly focuses on a small area where various organizations have institutionalized murder and torture. Thoughtful, well-rounded characters make an intriguing contrast to scenes of bloody brutality. Readers familiar with The Innkeeper's Song will love this tie-in, while newcomers will both enjoy the tight focus and find plenty of incentive to seek out related works that further explore this complex, fully realized setting. (Oct.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Soukyan, a warrior for hire, fends off a trio of assassins, the latest of many who have been sent to kill him since he fled the monastery in which he was raised. Seeking a resolution to the seemingly endless pursuit, he returns to "that place," as he thinks of it, and uncovers its dark secret. Despite its brevity, this novella, set in the world of Beagle's 1991 The Innkeeper's Song, contains a wealth of detail, both explicit and implied. VERDICT Beagle's obvious gifts as a storyteller and master stylist shine in this small tale that is large in meaning and mastery. Libraries should consider the steep price before purchasing.

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Subterranean Press
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Peter S. Beagle is one of the world's best-loved fantasy authors and screenwriters. His best known book, The Last Unicorn, was published in 1968 and was made into a popular animated film in 1982. Beagle also wrote the screenplay to the 1978 animated The Lord of the Rings movie and others. He has written and contributed to more than 30 novels and story collections, including his first book A Fine and Private Place and well-received The Folk of the Air. In 2011 he was presented with the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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