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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A McKillip.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sandpiper (January 1, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0152055363


Amazon.com Review

Almost destroyed because of a man’s fear and greed, Sybel, a beautiful young sorceress, embarks on a quest for revenge that proves equally destructive. Winner of the World Fantasy award, this exquisitely written story has something for almost every reader: adventure, romance and a resonant mythology that reveals powerful truths about human nature.

Dear Debi who gave me this for Christmas…. what can I say? (besides thank you!!!) , the Forgotten Beasts of Eld… I had read this so many years ago that I could not remember a thing about it anymore.  The only thing I could remember is that I read it after I read Patricia McKillip’s trilogy of the Riddle Master of Hed.

In this story Sybel can “call” ancient animals to her on the mountain top of Eld.  Her life seems to be full of beauty and love for these animals, she knows only an old witch on the mountain and knows nothing but peace and contentment, when one day a stranger appears and drops off a baby for her to raise.  This is where she begins to learn about another sort of love… for another human.

The book goes on and Sybel learns about love and hate and revenge and what it does to a person (herself).   I don’t want to give away too much in case you choose to read it.  

The book is written beautifully.  It was so unusual that I wasn’t sure it was something I could read, but quickly fell into the tempo of the writing.

It is an older book but I see now it’s available again in paperback and even with my bad eyes it was easy to read, being double spaced and larger than normal print for a paperback book.

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.. and oldie but a goodie.  A good choice for my first book read in 2012.

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