To Weave a Web of Magic

To Weave a Web of Magic

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A romantic fantasy anthology with four novellas from renowned authors of romance and fantasy...

USA Today best-selling author Claire Delacroix gives readers a revisionist version of the medieval legend of Melusine. USA Today best-selling author Lynn Kurland's trademark style shines in this tale of the magic and medieval romance between two lovers.

World Fantasy Award-winner Patricia A. McKillip tells of an artist's model and the transforming power of beauty and inspiration.

National best-selling author Sharon Shinn offers a compelling romance set in a strange new off-world of angels and revolving around the pursuit of love.

The very thrill of love comes dazzlingly to life when these four shining stars or romance and fantasy weave their own web of magic for their legions of fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425196151
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/06/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lynn Kurland is the USA Today bestselling author of Stardust of Yesterday, A Dance Through Time, This Is All I Ask, The Very Thought of You, Another Chance to Dream, The More I See You, and If I Had You. She is also a contributor to The Christmas Cat, Christmas Spirits, Veils of Time, Opposites Attract, and A Knight’s Vow anthologies. A full-time writer, she lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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.
Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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To Weave a Web of Magic 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
phoebesmum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A rather odd little collection of four entirely different, disparate and unconnected short stories. I bought it for the McKillip, and her story is my favourite ¿ a tale of life among a kind of Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and a tribute to the women whose faces we all know but whose own stories no-one cares about ¿ the Lizzie Siddals and the Jane Morrises, and their even-more-forgotten sisters. The others? Lynn Kurland's is a bog-standard fantasy redeemed by some flashes of humour; Sharon Shinn's is a short story set in her Samaria universe; and Claire Delacroix's is a retelling of the Melusine legend so clunky that I couldn't be bothered to finish it (if she had used the word 'wrought' one more time I would have had to have hunted her down and slapped her). So ¿ one out of four ain't bad? Four stars for the McKillip alone; the rest, nul points, I'm afraid.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good collection of four romantic fantasy novellas.The Gorgon in the Cupboard by Patricia McKillip ¿ A painter is inspired by a talking painting and a new muse. This was entertaining, and there were a few quirky things I liked, but overall nothing special. **The Tale of Two Swords by Lynn Kurland ¿ A young boy¿s parents read him a story of love and adventure which tells the lives of a renegade horse breeder¿s daughter and an ousted prince. Interestingly framed narrative. ***Fallen Angel by Sharon Shinn ¿ A spoiled young girl falls for a rebellious angel. This is part of her Samaria series, which I love, and it didn¿t disappoint. ****An Elegy for Melusine by Claire Delacroix ¿ A reworking of the myth of Melusine, the serpent fairy. I thoroughly enjoyed this one as well, though I can¿t quite place why ¿ nice mood to it I guess. ****
PLemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Delacroix's romance-novel history is glaringly obvious in her not-badly plotted but otherwise unreadable novella.She really needs to find a copy editor who knows what items in the English lexicon actually mean. It's really hard to continue reading once one realizes that she seems to think "wager" means "agreement."
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not fond of anthologies. There are rarely a complete set of comparable stories in them so in the end I end up paying top dollar for one or two authors short stories. Same here.Overall, the book wasn't firm enough in the Fantasy genre to attract readers who favor strict fantasy and it wasnt' enough in the romance genre assuring HEA's and strong emotional relationships. And I didn't think it married the two genres well enough to satisfy either.Lynn Kurland's 'Tale of Two Sword's though, is worth the price of admission for me. WHile a departure from her usual fare she doesn't let up on the wry dialogue and self-deprecating humor. I would very much like to see her do more in the realm. An Elegy for Melusine was pointless. A cursed fey woman deceives a mortal into marriage, to break the curse, but it never is broken, gives birth to 10 children, most of them physical monsters, is betrayed and denounced by her husband, then remains on earth long after her children and husband die, transformed into a horrible monster and never regreting her actions! Ugh The Fallen Angel (Sharon Shinn) held some promise for me in the beginning but I quickly had no enjoyment in reading about a heroine who really did come off as a spoiled rich girl toying with idea of liking a rebel. There really was no conflict for her and the hero, it was just all reactions to things around her.The Gorgon in the Cupboard (McPhillip) - I didn't finish - I found it dull
seitherin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Four stories of fantasy and exquisite romance..." says the cover of this book. Notice the modifier for romance and the lack thereof for fantasy? The McKinley story, which I expected to like the most, is the one I like next to least. It was missing all the charm and magic of most of her other works. It was rather drab and straight forward. The Shinn story I liked the least. There was nothing "exquisite" about the romance in this one. It actually seemed juvenile and not in a good way. I can't decide which of the two remaining stories I liked more, although the only one I would tag with "exquisite" is the Delacroix story. It was very much a romantic fairy tale with a not happily ever after ending.
erwhrw More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
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PhoenixFalls More than 1 year ago
I picked the anthology up for the first story, Patricia McKillip's "The Gorgon in the Cupboard." It is a story about Harry, a struggling painter desperately in love with his mentor's beautiful wife, and Jo, a girl destitute and forsaken on the streets after several hard turns of fortune. The fantasy element comes into play when Harry pulls out a painting he never finished because his model disappeared and paints his mentor's wife's mouth onto it in a fit of despondency that he will never be able to create a work worthy of her; he is understandably shocked when the mouth comes to life and begins to speak to him. That is the only fantasy element obvious in the story; the setting is vague and paintings speaking are clearly not a common occurrance. The romance is also very slight. This is because what the story is really about is perception, the ways that we see what we want rather than what is. It's gossamer-light, yet far richer than it seems on the surface, wise and sensitive to the myriad ways life is fragile and bittersweet, particularly for women. The second story, Lynn Kurland's "The Tale of Two Swords," is the one I suspect romance readers will be happiest with, and it made me smile and roll my eyes in equal amounts (often at the same time). It features self-conscious modern fairy tale narration; the combination of hopelessly modern actions on the characters' part even as they speak in hopelessly archaic (and likely inaccurate) dialogue; and despite the fact that the man has just lost his family and his kingdom in an epic battle & the woman has a price on her head, and all they do is frolic in the forest getting muddy. However, despite all those things that irked me, I still couldn't help liking the characters and liking their romance, so I suppose Kurland did her job well. The third story, Sharon Shinn's "Fallen Angel," is the one romance readers will have the most trouble with. It's set ten years after the end of Archangel and Shinn assumes that the reader has enough background knowledge of her books that she doesn't need to explain the unusual way Samaria works. Unfortunately, this has led to some readers calling the story sacrilegious, because they have no context for this tale of angels behaving badly. Please keep in mind that the angels are nothing more than humans with wings -- they are NOT the angels of Christian mythology. Still, "Fallen Angel" just doesn't quite work as either fantasy or romance -- Shinn doesn't give enough grounding in the fantasy world-building to satisfy those fans, and the romance is decent (if of the "ooo, what a sexy bad boy" variety) only until the ending destroys suspension of disbelief with an out-of-left-field resolution that heaps all the evils in the world on one head. Still, I didn't hate the story, because it actually starts to address some of the thornier side of the world of Samaria -- the sort of chaos that can ensue when a ruling class with a free love worldview comes into conflict with a merchant class with very strict rules of propriety. The fourth story, Claire Delacroix's "An Elegy for Melusine," is a retelling of the Melusine myth. It hews very closely to the story as described on Wikipedia (I wasn't overly familiar with the myth, so I looked it up, lol) and is rendered in serviceable enough prose that the myth's full power shines through. It has a totally unnecessary framing story, unfortunately, but other tha
harstan More than 1 year ago
Patricia McKillip. Artist Harry Waterman feels like a failure because he lacks a muse to motivate him. That changes when Medusa calls him from a painting he drew. She plans to inspire him by pointing to a model Jo who vanished....................... Lynn Kurland. Using a cloaking spell, part Elfin Maher flees from her father because she refuses to wed her sire¿s choice of a spouse for her. Her father Robert wants to forge an alliance with Hagarth through his daughter. She refuses and seeks the help of King Harold to learn how to use a book of spells she possesses. However, her father insists she is a valuable asset to further his ambitions...................... Sharon Shinn. In Samaria, Jesse the fallen angel desires the young Manadavvi woman who returns his love. However, her mother insists her family is too important to have her marry a loser insisting the daughter will wed into a wealthy family or the next Archangel...................... Claire Delacroix. An elderly woman overhears two gossips discuss Melusine, a demon who chose to live in the mortal world to cast her evil influence on Raymond who she married and had ten children with him. The old woman informs the two women that Melusine came to this world out of love for Raymond. Is she a malevolent devil or a female in love?.................. All four well-written romantic fantasies contain solid lead characters though in a couple of the tales the antagonist pales in comparison. Sub-genre fans will appreciate the quartet as all fun to read.......................... Harriet Klausner