Solstice Wood

Solstice Wood

by Patricia A. McKillip

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The World Fantasy Award-winning author's foray into the modern world-now in paperback.

No stranger to the realms of myth and magic, World Fantasy Award-winning author Patricia A. McKillip presents her first contemporary fantasy in many years-a tale of the tangled lives mere mortals lead, when they turn their eyes from the beauty and mystery that lie just outside of the everyday...

When bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn returns to her childhood home in upstate New York, she meets the Fiber Guild-a group of local women who meet to knit, embroider, and sew-and learns why her grandmother watches her so closely. A primitive power exists in the forest, a force the Fiber Guild seeks to bind in its stitches and weavings. And Sylvia is no stranger to the woods

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101208533
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2006
Series: A Winter Rose Novel
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 279 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Solstice Wood 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have ever read 'Winter Rose' then you have to read 'Solstice Wood'. It was wonderful to see that place again so many years down the line. The people were real as if they would step out of the pages. The story was a good story, although it makes you ask questions about 'Winter Rose' and you want to know what will happen down the line, what will change in the future. It was fantastic. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait for her nex book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Gram calls bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn to come home as Grandpa Liam just died after wandering outside in the cold night of mountainous Upstate New York. Her lover Madison offers to accompany her, but Sylvia says no. Sylvia returns to Lynn Hall the same day that Gram beckoned her to come home with all intentions to flee as soon as she can. --- However, as if she never left, the dilapidated house, the forest and the nearby supernatural creatures seduce Sylvia trying to entice her to stay. Gram introduces Sylvia to the sewing club members of the Fiber Guild, women who meet monthly to insure that the magical barricade that keeps Lynn Hall from the deadly Fay remains in tact. However, the magical barrier is showing signs of wear and tear, which places Sylvia, a hybrid offspring of two worlds, yanked from both sides who feel she is the key to victory over the hated abominations on the other side of the barrier. --- Returning to the landscape of the classic WINTER ROSE, Patricia A. McKillip provides a deep character driven modern day fantasy that stars a harassed heroine who just wants to leave town as she has never understood why her Gram watches her like a hawk observes its prey. The action-packed story hooks genre fans from the moment that Sylvia knows Gram is calling her before picking up her phone from across the country and never slows down through several brilliant twists that will bring accolades to this dazzling author. A stand alone novel, readers will want to peruse this tale and its award winning precedent. --- Harriet Klausner
alyssama121 More than 1 year ago
Solstice Wood follows Winter Rose, set several generations in the future, with the main character being a distant descendant of Rois, who was the main character in Winter Rose. This book almost has the same feel as the first–very much set in nature and has a dreamy, misty sort of atmosphere to it; however, because it’s grounded in present-day I think that it’s a lot easier to buy into right from the beginning than the first one is. Sylvia comes home to go to her grandfather’s funeral and re-discovers the place where she grows up, a place that is haunted by stories of fae and magic and half fae-children. It’s a story about self-discovery and identity, especially our identity in relation to our ancestors. Sylvia knows that she’s half fae–half of the very type of being that her grandmother tries so hard to protect the town from, and has a hard time with it, because she doesn’t want to cause a disturbance, but has a hard time being comfortable in her grandmother’s home because of it. What Sylvia doesn’t realize is that the town has a lot of other secrets; a guild her grandmother runs that knits and crotchets and sews magic into the town to try to keep the fae out; other people who are just as fae as Sylvia; and those who are in love with fae people and who find ways around the boundaries that are sewn into the town. It’s an enjoyable book, a bit slow-paced, but a really nice story overall. We get the perspectives of Sylvia, Sylvia’s grandmother, and Sylvia’s cousin. Watching how their stories intertwine into something bigger is a joy to read. I also like how many parallels there are to the first book without being repetitive or redundant. I really like McKillip’s take on the world of fae and how they work/think, and I love how Rois’s experience has completely colored everything the town thinks and believes about the fae. It’s a nice lesson on how one incidence can change an entire town for generations in terms of their beliefs and attitudes. Because I appreciated it so much in relation to the first one, I’m not sure how enjoyable it would be without reading the first book. While I think the story itself stands on its own, the characters’ journey depends so much on the understanding of Rois’s experiences that I’m not sure how well it would translate. I enjoyed this book a lot, but like the first one, I don’t think it’s for everyone. It’s a slow and quiet story. If you like fae stories, you would probably enjoy this.
kalliope on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment as a loose sequel to Winter Rose, which I loved for it's heady, hallucinogenic, fairytale prose.
moonofsilver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this McKillip work, but didn't like how she meshed the real word into her eloquent fairy world, with a main character who was altogether disdainful and unromantic to the beauty of the wood that manifested itself all around her. I feel that the eyes of McKillip's main character poorly displayed the ethereal realm of fairy. Sylvia is skittish and flees her birthright. Through her mundane and very human eyes the fairy world is a shifting realm of fey, dark creatures whom humans should avoid and shun. In the end she does claim some acceptance from her roots, but I feel much of the magic of fairy and the wonder of that other world is altogether lost on Sylvia--her human eyes just cannot see it.
phoebesmum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I realised after I'd finished it that this is a sequel to 'Winter Rose'. I didn't even notice; 'Winter Rose', I'm afraid, is one of McKillip's less memorable books. This one is unusual for her in that it's a contemporary fantasy set in a version of our own world. It's pleasant and has some good ideas, but it's not in any way outstanding. It seems an odd complaint to make but ¿ all her characters are so nice. There's almost no bite to the story at all.
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book was good but a bit confusing.
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. The writing was beautiful; it was spell-binding. It was somewhat confusing when each chapter was from a different point of view (I would have liked headings at the top of the page letting me know who was talking...I had to keep flipping back to keep the story straight). Overall, it was enchanting...full of possibilities and maybes.
craso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about a close knit community that lives on the boundary between our world and fairy. The Lynn family is entrusted to keep the fairy world from spilling into our world. They live in their ancestral home, Lynn Hall. The grandmother, Iris, along with the ladies of the local fiber guild, stitches the doorways to the otherworld closed. She doesn't realize that her own granddaughter is part fey. She has closed off her relationship with her granddaughter by believing all fey are evil and need to be kept out. The book is about family and friends and the ties that bind.The story is told from the point of view of each character; Sylvia who feels trapped between worlds, Iris who hates the fey, Owen who is in love with a fey woman but is bound to protect the Lynn family, and Tyler who is a teenager and feels he doesn¿t fit in without his father who understood him. Glamour is always a theme in fairy stories. You can never be sure of what you see. Iris can¿t see that Sylvia is half of what she despises. Iris can¿t see that her friend Owen is in love with a fey woman. Her hatred has blinded her from seeing her family and friends.Another theme is loss and it is what eventually brings everyone together. The story begins with the death of Liam Lynn, Iris¿s husband, which brings the family and community together for the funeral. Tyler feels lost without his father. Sylvia feels lost because she doesn¿t know what world she belongs in. Owen falls in love with Rue because his wife has left him. It's this feeling of loss that brings the family together and brings the mortals and fey together.
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good as McKillip's best work. Confusing and confused.
thioviolight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this lovely, wonder-ful tale by Patricia McKillip! Told in the different voices of the characters, "Solstice Wood" engaged me completely and transported me to its magical setting. I totally fell in love with McKillip's writing and am looking forward to reading more of her works.
ncgraham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I sent the tears back in a hot wave towards my heart, where love and grief tangled so tightly you couldn¿t even separate a single thread to begin to unravel them.When I finished Patricia McKillip¿s Winter Rose, I found myself longing for a more straightforward look at the world she created. Mostly, I wanted to learn more about the wood—that dark, fantastic realm that held doorways between two worlds.Well, I got my wish. Sort of.I wanted her to explore the wood: I hadn¿t meant for her to tame it.Solstice Wood is not a sequel in a conventional sense, but a modern-day story that shares the setting and magical forces of Winter Rose. One does not have to read the other book first in order to enjoy this one, but it certainly enriches some of the references. On the other hand, reading the newer story directly after the older one might cause some frustration, as it did for me, simply because McKillip turns everything from the first book on its head.Liam Lynn, master of Lynn Hall, has just passed away, and all the relatives find themselves returning once again to their childhood home to attend his funeral. Sylvia, his granddaughter and heir, puts work in her bookstore on hold, and comes back to face a secret inside her that she had fled from long ago. Her cousin Tyler, gangling, geeky teenager, is taken there by his mother, still coping with the shock of his father¿s death and his mother¿s remarriage. Liam¿s widow Iris is already there, bitterly grieving over Liam while doing her best to protect Lynn Hall from the magic that has threatened to break through to it for centuries. Other characters people the tale: Owen Avery, sworn to look after the Lynns but harboring secrets of his own; his daughter Dorian, Syl¿s childhood friend; and Leith Rowan, Dorian¿s enigmatic fiancé.I mention the characters up front mostly because they serve as a way of structuring the work, many of them narrating their own chapters in the book; in reality, they aren¿t all that interesting, especially compared to the fascinating individuals found in McKillip¿s other works. Sylvia is supposed to be our heroine, but she¿s a pale figure at best, quickly becomes lost in the general milieu. I couldn¿t care less for Owen Avery and his fairy lover, or Gram¿s Fiber Guild. I felt the same way about Ty at the beginning of the book, simply because his relationship with Judith Coyle gets off to such an odd start (I don¿t think even girls training to be wood witches randomly stand under strangers¿ windows and beckon for them to come down and talk to them), but he seems more ¿real¿ than many of the others. Leith Rowan is also interesting, if a little underused, and I liked the changeling who the Lady of the Wood sends to take Tyler¿s place in our world—his devotion to the Lady is sad and ill-fated. But by far the best characterization McKillip achieves here occurs in Chapter Four, when Iris is suffers through the preparations for and aftermath of Liam¿s funeral. The passage with which I open this review comes from that chapter: it¿s an intense and poetic exploration of one woman¿s sorrow, and is more of the sort of thing I have come to expect from this author.There are pacing issues here as well. The Lady of the Wood appears as early as Chapter Three, and her appearance has no shock value or mystique. She just sort of appears, reminds Syl of her connection to the wood and the otherworld, and disappears. Similarly, the notion that a covey of human witches (Gram¿s Fiber Guild) could close the portals to Faerieland, while interesting, robs the Wood of all of its power. The magical forces in this story have none of the beauty or danger one wants from them: all in all, the book feels like Winter Rose on happy pills.Coupled with more adult content than any other McKillip work, the fairly uninteresting characters, poorly paced plot, and inoffensive magic cause me to send this to the bottom of the list when it com
the1butterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has definitely been one of my favorite Patricia A. McKillip's- it's got faeries, fiber arts, magic, and a main character who only improves as she accepts who she is. Though McKillip's fantasy worlds generally take me a while to get into, this real world/faeryland story definitely took me in right away. The only thing I didn't like as much was the amount of time it took to find out what exactly was going on.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful, lovely book. Solstice Wood is a wonderful blend of the mundane and the mystical, all tied up through misunderstanding.Two worlds collided badly in McKillip's Winter Rose and in this book, generations later the reverberrations of that are still present. After Rois Melior won Corbett Lynn back from the queen of the winter wood, spells and guardians were put in place to keep the wood folk away and contained.If you follow tradition and the path set down by your forebears, is there ever room to re-evaluate the situation and see if perhaps, it is time for tradition to change.This, really, is the crux of Solstice Wood. It is beautifully told through differing first person point of view characters. This manner of writing seems odd to me at first, until I realised that all of them had a different view on the same truth and only together could the full story be told and understood.McKillip's lyrical writing still shines, but in this modern world tale, it is tempered with the everyday, and I think this probably makes Solstice Wood more accessible to the causal reader. I love the way she writes - I always imagined I would like to "write like Patricia McKillip, but less obscure" and that's how this book feels. It's still weaves magic with words, but I feel much more like I understood the story than I sometimes do at the end of one of her books.This book makes a much deeper, emotional sense if you've read Winter Rose, but it still works alone. All the same, I'd say read both. Why miss out on another good story.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was absolutely delightful. I was sorry that my copy of Winter Rose wasn't available to reread before I started, but I don't think doing so would have increased my enjoyment of this new story. Although it is a sequel of sorts to Winter Rose, this story is much more grounded in the modern world, with cars and airplanes and mobile phones. I found it a tiny bit jarring for the first page or so, but I quickly became as entranced as ever with Ms. McKillip's writing.Ms. McKillip's Mythopoeic style, in books such as the Forgotten Beasts of Eld, and Alphabet of Thorn, and her intensely evocative use of language, make her one of my favourite authors. But I did enjoy the more modern/realistic style used in this novel. I think it would appeal to fans of Charles de Lint.
PLemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
McKillip's usual magical, poetic writing. Present-day human/fay descendants of Rois Melior (of Winter Rose).
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