Riddle-Master

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For over twenty years, Patricia A. McKillip has captured the hearts and imaginations of thousands of readers. And although her renowned Riddle-Master trilogy--The Riddle-Master of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, and Harpist in the Wind--has been long out of print, it is considered her most enduring and beloved work. Now it is collected in one volume for the first time--the epic journeys of a young prince in a strange land, where wizards have long since vanished...but where magic is ...
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Overview


For over twenty years, Patricia A. McKillip has captured the hearts and imaginations of thousands of readers. And although her renowned Riddle-Master trilogy--The Riddle-Master of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, and Harpist in the Wind--has been long out of print, it is considered her most enduring and beloved work. Now it is collected in one volume for the first time--the epic journeys of a young prince in a strange land, where wizards have long since vanished...but where magic is waiting to be reborn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441005963
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Riddle-Master Series
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 390,183
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

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    A fantastic book

    This book is a must read if there ever was one. You can read it over and over and it seems as if it were the first. I have read it 5 times ans may read it again. Its great for all ages and fun to read as a family. Also a wonderful gift!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Frustration at it's best

    Overall, the story is interesting. I finished the trilogy (by the way, a really good way to buy books), but the main characters had a really hard time growing up, face responsibilities and accepting fate. That frustrated me the most. You want to root for someone but you'll have a hard time doing it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    utter adoration

    I fell into this trilogy by way of Winter Rose (also by McKillip), and it hurtled its way to the top of my reading loves. There is just something about the writing style, the phrasing and sentence convolutions that wrap themselves all around you while you read. As a story, it is unique in it's characters and the manner of it's telling. It is a story that makes you cry and come back forever just so you can feel that trembling in the heart. And each time I read it, I reread sentences and paragraphs to embed them for a time in my memory, to roll them around in thoughts. So read this trilogy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    To below and below

    To be precice, BLA!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    To below

    Bla, indeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Bla

    Bla

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    I highly recommend it.

    I'm glad they put the trilogy into one book. I have re-read this book over and over. It is full of humor and magic and has kept me enthralled since it was first published.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Good Fantasy Romp!

    Having read the series and reread the all-in-one book of the series a decade later I have to admit it's a very good read. Well paced, lots of intrigue, with a twisting ending. It's not a complicated read, but you'll easily be entertained with the imagery Patricia McKillip weaves for your senses. It's not a sword and sorcery fantasy, but more on sorcery and nature and there is nothing wrong with that. Overall I'd suggest this book for anyone looking for an extended story line telling of sorcery and questions that need to be answered before the ending can come to a final close.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Plot vs Shock

    I read the first book of this series as I was just beginning to read for pleasure as a young teen. I discovered it in an old box of books my mother had in the basement and I was hooked from page one. Completely dependent on the quality of the tale instead of filling the pages with sex and violence to hide a lack of substance, as we find so often in more recent writings. A story about destiny and the many people it snares along the way.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Fabulous and enduring must read over and over!

    I read the first book in this trilogy in college. It ended with everything unresolved and I just stared at it in disbelief that the book was over. I had to wait years for book two but wow, this is the best book series I have ever read. I've reread it many times over the years and introduced it to my children too. Just purchased this book to give it another read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    For me this book made it onto my bookshelf because of a friend's recommendation, but it made it's way into me, through it's ability to be independant. Patricia Mckillip has found the places left by other fantasy writers, and brought them into her books. With an entirely different style, this trilogy contains a new glance at a world of fantasy still undiscovered. I have owned the book for a few years, and read it more than any other. The book's magic comes from finding something new in it's pages each time it is read. I have yet to get bored with it, and like all of Mckillip's books, is better read the second time for there is so much hidden. Mckillip has a gift for finding the new and unused pieces of fantasy, and endearing the reader to her books. This trilogy contains a uniqueness that has yet to be matched by any, past or present. On my sixteenth read...it is worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2006

    Still one of my favorites...

    This book ranks up on my list of favorites right next to Lord of the Rings. That isnt to say that this trillogy is anything like Lord of the Rings. This trillogy is a fresh breath of air in a sometimes stale genre. When I tire of reading SF books with the same tired old story-lines and endings, I return to this old favorite. It has been many years since I first read the Riddle Master trillogy and still I am captivated by every word. Patricia McKillip goes into the creative void and comes back with a book that is everything that most fantasy isnt. I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    Perfect

    This is a deceptive story. It starts out very like a standard, hackneyed high-fantasy novel. Within the first few chapters, you realize it's not. It's as if Patricia McKillip went into all the places standard fantasy doesn't touch and brought back what she found there. By the end of the third book, it's one of those stories you wish weren't ending, but you know that anything else would ruin it. It's cliche to say this is magical, wonderous... but that's the fault of the thousands of uninspired books that are out there. In the case of this book, it's just the best I can do to express the beauty of it. It showed me what fantasy could be, after I'd read reams of the elf rubbish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2004

    unique

    I love this book. It's not a Lord of the Rings It's not a harry potter but it is it's own creation..... very cool, very magical but it also has a great adventure sorta quest. The ending itself is an unsolvable riddle. Oh it's so great, read it and you can tell LOTR influenced it alot also. patty hun, you've out done yourself. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    In love

    I have fallen in love with this book. It makes you want to both cry and laugh and never stop. The charactors are deep and incredibly real. The ending and purity of it all gives you such a mix of emotions you feel like you can't take it anymore and you could die right then and there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    Still my favorite trilogy . . .

    This is still the penultimate fantasy world in my experience. The characters are rich and multifaceted; the reader becomes emotionally involved in their lives. I have laughed and cried in the pages of this story every time I've read it. I would refer this trilogy to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2003

    One of the best fiction series ever writen

    This is without a doubt one of the finest examples of a complete fantasy world that makes you want to be there and become part of the story. I have read the trilogy no less than 20 times and I always find something new and interesting in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2001

    The most imaginative book that I have ever read

    This is the best McKillip book. This is a must read for all fantasy fans. McKillip is very imagenitive and has created a thrilling story that keeps the pages turning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    A must for fantasy lovers and poets

    This fantasy piece is indeed poetry in prose. A very well written, sweeping story. One of the few fantasies as good as Tolkien's. The 'creation' mith and the essence of magic here presented are shrued and intriguing. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 1999

    a good book for someone with a good imageination

    The book was excelent with very little Non-suspensfull time in it. It was exciteing and a very good book. I disliked the ending to the first book but in the second it clears all that up. You need a very good imageination to envision a world totaly unlike your own and characters that are hard to relate to.

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