by Elizabeth Hand

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Illyria by Elizabeth Hand

Madeleine and Rogan are first cousins, best friends, twinned souls, each other’s first love. Even within their large, disorderly family—all descendants of a famous actress—their intensity and passion for theater sets them apart. It makes them a little dangerous. When they are cast in their school’s production of Twelfth Night, they are forced to face their separate talents and futures, and their future together. This masterful short novel, winner of the World Fantasy Award, is magic on paper.

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ISBN-13: 9781101429464
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/13/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,064,185
File size: 188 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Hand lives in Lincolnville, Maine. Her adult novels have won the Shirley Jackson Award, two World Fantasy Awards, and two Nebula Awards. Viking will publish her next book, Wonderwall, in 2011.

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Illyria 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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readanovel More than 1 year ago
I adored this novella by Elizabeth Hand about 'kissing cousins', Madeleine and Rogan. Bite size novel, but a whole lot of story with heart. It's is definitely what I would dubb as hauntingly beautiful.
Lawral More than 1 year ago
Illyria feels like it's set in some make-believe world where eccentric aunts never age, miniature theatres come to life, every house has a ghost light, and where Maddy's childhood crush on her cousin Rogan can turn into a not-so-secret love affair. But it's not. Maddy and Rogan's story takes place in a cul-de-sac in a town outside New York City populated by the descendants of a once well-known actress. But that doesn't keep any of the above from being true. Hand just makes it all seem surreal. In this not quite a fantasy world, the ick factor of Maddy and Rogan's relationship is missing. There is disapproval from the family and their classmates make fun of them, but their romance is just another (doomed) romance. And it is doomed, right from the beginning, and not just because they're cousins. There is something off about Rogan, something that sets him apart from everyone else, and it's what attracts Maddy to him. It haunts the entire story in the beautiful way that it haunts Maddy. It stays with you. I know I'm not doing this book justice, but that's hard to do with my overwhelming book crush! Seriously, everything about this book is lyrical, magical, gorgeous. Highly recommended. Book source: Philly Free Library
A_Readers_Record More than 1 year ago
I sometimes think there are books that the more is said the more injustice is done. Illyria is one of those books for me. Illyria brings the term kissing-cousin to a new level though not based purely on love but a shared passion only found within those who are true twinned souls.Both of our main characters, Maddy and Rogan, lead lives that were tragic in their own right and both seemed to understand each other in a way no other was able to or even attempted to. I can't even explain how roped in I was by Illyria. It was a short read but one which made an impact and took me to a time and place that wasn't my own. I fell in love just as Maddy did and I felt torn when Rogan let life sweep him away and one-in-a-lifetime prospects came her way. I even cried when truths about Rogan were revealed, then again at the end when the two came face to face without the scrutinity of those around them and they could have closure to what happened so many years before. Even with a beauty that is unique to it, this story is not for everyone as there are themes that will make some individuals uncomfortable. If you can break through your comfort level you might be surprised with the magic that is found within this book. Passion and pain this deep isn't easily felt through the pages of a book but the words and their impact seeped into my veins and drew me in, completely. Illyria is sinfully beautiful, well written, and flows smoothly.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Fourteen years old Madeleine and Rogan share much in common. Each is the youngest of six siblings; their fathers are identical twins; and symmetry between the two families that seemed almost eerily paranormal. However, the most common shared trait between these two first cousins is their love for one another. Although he has five older brothers and she has five older sisters of which they match ages and the other fourteen first cousins from the three siblings of their fathers, Madeline and Rogan are the only kissing cousins. From their great-grandmother, a renowned actress as were her ancestors and family peers, the pair has inherited her stage talent; none of the current extended family members have a neutrino worth of talent in spite of their DNA. After finally making love for the first time, the duo discovers in the Hudson Valley attic of the family mansion a toy cardboard theater with pieces of lace. Each visit to the attic finds a different scene. The school casts the two cousins in a production of Twelfth Night that parallels the toy theater. Rogan begins to comprehend his love for Madeline parallels his Shakespearean character wise clown Feste as most likely his drama unlike the comedy Twelfth Night will end in a tragedy. This is an intriguing romantic fantasy that focuses on young teenage love with a profound look at the taboo subject of first cousins' incest by using drama in the attic and at the school play to explore deeply the passion and desire of the kissing kin. Rogan and Madeline are fully developed so the audience will feel their love for each other as more than puppy adulation. Yet the audience like Rogan who gained wisdom as Feste anticipates their prim and proper families (except perhaps their late great grandma) will condemn and keep them apart as what they feel for each other is unacceptable in society. Harriet Klausner