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Monday, December 21, 2009

Heir of Sea and Fire - Patricia A. McKillip

Raederle is pledged to marry Morgon, the Prince of Hed, but he has disappeared into the wilds near Erlenstar Mountain, and no one knows if he is dead or alive. With several friends, Raederle sets out to find Morgon, and along the way, discovers her own strange heritage.

This is the second book of the Riddlemaster series, and my first thought upon completing it is that I need to remember to read Patricia McKillip’s series books more closely together. I read the first book back in January, and her books are so densely packed with detail that I’ve forgotten much of the storyline that came before. I’ve learned from that mistake, and started Harpist in the Wind, the final book, last night, immediately upon finishing this one.

I’ve said it a thousand times, but I’ll say it again: McKillip has a gorgeous way with words. The histories and landscapes of the strange lands in this book leap from the pages, and I find myself wishing I could travel there, because it must surely be an incredible place. For the 50th time, I wonder how I didn’t discover her books before now, but I rejoice because that means I have at least a good ten books to go before I’m done working my way through her body of work. Run right out and read all her books. They're really that good.

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