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The Innkeeper's Song

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The Innkeeper's Song is the story of young Tikat's search for the lover whose death and resurrection he witnessed. It is a search that will lead him into a world of magic and mystery beyond his comprehension, for his wild ride sets him on the trail of three women who are blessed - or cursed - to undertake an impossible mission of their own. Each of the three has secrets - from the world, from the two others, from herself. Each is followed by demons she can never escape. And all their destinies will be irrevocably...
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Overview

The Innkeeper's Song is the story of young Tikat's search for the lover whose death and resurrection he witnessed. It is a search that will lead him into a world of magic and mystery beyond his comprehension, for his wild ride sets him on the trail of three women who are blessed - or cursed - to undertake an impossible mission of their own. Each of the three has secrets - from the world, from the two others, from herself. Each is followed by demons she can never escape. And all their destinies will be irrevocably linked in a far distant inn, when hunted and hunters finally meet. Karsh, the innkeeper, has no choice but to let the tangled drama unfold beneath his roof; his stable boy, Rosseth, is so mesmerized by the three cloaked women that he is soon finds a way to uncover what is perhaps their deepest secret; and Tikat continues his journey, refusing to let death bring an end to his love. But it is not until the once-powerful man who has called the three women joins their number that the true quest will begin. And this is a challenge that may claim all their lives before they are done. For he who has been their mentor in the past, he who has been the greatest of wizards, lingers now at the very edge of death. And only they can save him from the enemy who has brought this doom upon him, an enemy who is heir to all the ailing man's magic, an enemy whom even Death has not been able to defeat...
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a multifaceted fantasy told from various points of view, Beagle ( The Last Unicorn ) plumbs the nature of life, death and love. When three strange women (one black, one brown, one white) arrive at a wayside inn called The Gaff and Slasher, the innkeeper Karsh takes them in much against his better judgment. Two of the women--Lal, a fabled adventurer, and Nyateneri--are searching for the powerful magician who was once their mentor and who has summoned the women to save him from destruction and worse at the hands of his most powerful pupil, Arshadin. The third, Lukassa, is a village girl whom Lal resurrected after she drowned and whose childhood love, Tikat, pursues the three, intent on regaining her. When these blighted souls converge on the inn, life there is forever changed as powerful forces wage ungodly battle for possession of the magician's soul. In elegant yet simple prose Beagle illuminates the shifting relationships among the various major and minor players (including an irascible shape-changing fox) who people this affecting tale. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Three powerful women (each with her own secret past), a stable boy, a weaver's son, and an innkeeper set in motion a series of events that brings each of them face to face with the forces of magic and the workings of fate. Beagle ( The Last Unicorn , LJ 5/15/68; The Folk of the Air , Ballantine, 1987) uses many voices to tell this tale of love and death and what lies beyond both. A finely crafted piece as well as a rich, evocative fantasy, this novel should have broad appeal.
John Mort
Beagle, author of the esteemed "The Last Unicorn" (1968), adds this beautiful fantasy to his small body of work. The maiden Lukassa, who tells us that "death is a nowhere lined with lightning," drowns but nonetheless is abducted by an ethereal black woman with golden eyes. Lukassa's inconsolable sweetheart, Tikat, refuses to accept Lukassa's death and braves a long trek to find her; he is beset by savages and nearly starves. Lukassa is both corporeal and incorporeal; down beneath the riverbed where she drowned, down deeper still in a shadowy world Beagle draws so skillfully that Tolkein and C. S. Lewis come to mind, she is being pulled to her death by a powerful demon. Tikat and the women he has been pursuing gather at the inn, where another wizard--a mentor to the women and a force for good--lies near death. A fox--into whose feral, witty, magical mind Beagle takes us--rescues Lukassa, and, much changed, she joins the living and her faithful Tikat. Lukassa's haunting narrative--poised between life and death--hearkens back some 33 years to Beagle's "A Fine and Private Place", about a newly dead man and woman who fall in love and then fade away as they forget what life was. The innkeeper himself is an unsavory but recognizable sort who observes these otherworldly doings with a disapproving realism--a useful but limited point of view, Beagle seems to say. Realism is all very well, but odd things happen, and only magic will explain them. A gentle, romantic, lyrical tale.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785757238
  • Publisher: Sagebrush Education Resources
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Peter S. Beagle
Peter S. Beagle
PETER S. BEAGLE is one of the world's best-loved fantasy authors. His works include the novels A Fine and Private Place and The Folk of the Air, as well as nonfiction books and the screenplay for the animated film version of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. He lives in Davis, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    WOW

    I read this book about five years ago and it was so great that i still think about the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2002

    A useful tool for aspiring fiction writers

    As a high schooler I simply enjoyed this seemingly simple tale. Now I realize just how much skill it took Beagle to write such a novel. Aspiring authors can learn much by the example he sets as far as p.o.v. goes. It was ingenious to have each chapter be a different first person narrator telling the same story. I think this book could be used in college or even high school creative writing classes to teach voice and p.o.v. Okay but other than that this was one of the best stories I have EVER read! :)

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