The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

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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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Overview

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.

Raised on Eld mountain with only her father's magical menagerie for company, a young wizard is drawn irrevocably into the human world with all its sorrows and delights when a baby comes into her care.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689304347
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/1974
  • Edition description: 1st ed.
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 11 years

Meet the Author


PATRICIA McKILLIP is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of a number of highly acclaimed novels, including the Riddlemaster Trilogy.
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  • Posted March 17, 2009

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    The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is classic fantasy.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2000

    A brilliant parable...simple, but stunning!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    forgotten beasts of eld

    The first McKillip book I read: Good enough to make me read all her other books and winner of the first world fantasy award.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2000

    A compelling fantasy story

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2000

    Heart Breaking

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I have always liked Patricia McKillip. This I read in a very short time. Wished it didn't end.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    If you have never read a Patricia McKillip story, this is a wonderful one to start with. After this one, if you love fairy tales, you will be hooked.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2007

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    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    must read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    Great Book!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    Wonderful and Suspenseful!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    Great Book!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    Great

    This is One of my favorite books and I strongly recomend this book to anyone who is into that total fantesy stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2001

    Oh my gosh

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2000

    More than I thought it would be, I loved it!

    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!

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