The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

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by Patricia A. McKillip
     
 

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When her father dies, 16-year-old Sybel's only companions are the magical menagerie called to Eld Mountain long ago by her reclusive grandfather, the progeny of a powerful wizard and a mortal. The animals provide Sybel's only sense of family until a man brings her the infant son of her mother's sister, forcing Sybel to return to the world of humans--a world where she

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When her father dies, 16-year-old Sybel's only companions are the magical menagerie called to Eld Mountain long ago by her reclusive grandfather, the progeny of a powerful wizard and a mortal. The animals provide Sybel's only sense of family until a man brings her the infant son of her mother's sister, forcing Sybel to return to the world of humans--a world where she learns the intricacies of guile and treachery as well as the power of human love.

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From the Publisher

"This magical moonlit fantasy has dignity and romance, heart-stopping suspense, adventure, richness of concept and language."--Publishers Weekly

"A mythical kingdom fantasy with a marvelous heroine, satisfying strange beasts, and chilling sorcery."--Locus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380004805
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1976
Age Range:
12 Years

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PATRICIA McKILLIP is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of a number of highly acclaimed novels, including the Riddlemaster Trilogy.

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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
namemenaive More than 1 year ago
This story was a favorite of mine when I was a kid and I still enjoy rereading it today. Highly recommended for young girls because of the strong heroine, but anyone who enjoys fantasy or McKillip's work will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is like a perfect diamond in a simple setting; the world is not wonderfully deep, and the story is simple...but the writing is absolutely magnificient, and the story tells a truth of which every person needs to be reminded: hatred does far more damage to the one who hates, than to the victim, even when the hatred is justified and completely understandable. I really think that this story, along with one or two others and a few songs, prepared the way for my conversion; it is not a story of God, or of anything directly Christian. Rather, it is a story that relates truth. If there is a better-written fantasy novel than this out there, I do not know what it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first McKillip book I read: Good enough to make me read all her other books and winner of the first world fantasy award.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book back in the 1970's, before someone created the plethora of feminist clones of male action heroes. Reading it as an adult who has grown tired of the omnipresent gore in contemporary fiction, I enjoyed it even more. McKillip uses magic as a metaphor for a uniquely female power women use to influence the world around them, and then positions her heroine as a neutral dominant force in a variation on the the theme of two warring medeival kingdoms trying to find 'the edge' necessary for victory. She keeps 'magic' in its place, that of a force few people can use, and builds characters whose motives and actions are not stereotypical. The magical beasts blend beautifully into the plot, which really concerns the people in the story. The unconventional ending makes this fairy tale one that should be on everyon'e bookshelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was...there aren't words to tell you about this book! It was...wonderful!!! Heart breaking and enlighting all at once. It ends how you had hoped it would but before the ending so many things happen that make you want to cry. It was one of the BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ!!!
Likes-to-readRR More than 1 year ago
I have always liked Patricia McKillip. This I read in a very short time. Wished it didn't end.
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GreyMouser More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by McKillip that I read, when it first appeared in the 70's. It made me a dedicated fan/reader and I have read everyting she has written since, including her short stories when I have found them. Her writing, at it's best, has the magical quality that one finds in the very best traditional fairy tales.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A very good example not to judge a book by its cover. When I first read the book, it was because of the writer, and I was once again impressed to be taken out of reality, and flung into a realm where time exists in a different form, and the pieces of left-behind kingdoms are brought into play. McKillip knows how to write fantasy, and knows how to create it. Two very different things, and both very essential. Not one to miss, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
um.. this was a great book. the young womens struggles were tremendous and her actions brave. i personally have made it a must-have at my house and it has become a must-read amoung my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patricia McKillip never ceases to amaze me with her wonderful writing! I just read this one, but all of her books are great, and I strongly recommend them all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are the type of person who is intrigued by mystical and magical books, then this is for you! Feel free to write to my email address and we'll discuss books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is One of my favorite books and I strongly recomend this book to anyone who is into that total fantesy stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the first Patricia McKillip books i've read but i LOVED it. all of my friends agree that this book is wonderful. i recomend it to anyone and everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great, It's really a page turner. Its the kind of book for me, where as soon as you finish it you want to read it again. So in other words, it really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. I had read another book by this author and wasn't too impressed by it. But I gave her another chance and it was worth it! This book is a marvel, with fascinating characters, vivid imagery and truly fine story telling. Wow! Read this book!