The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld


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"Rich and regal."
The New York Times

Young Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady of the Night. Sybel only lacks the exquisite and mysterious Liralen, which continues to elude her most powerful enchantments.

But when a soldier bearing an infant arrives, Sybel discovers that the world of man and magic is full of both love and deceit, and the possibility of more power than she can possibly imagine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616962777
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication date: 09/19/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 283,649
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Patricia A. McKillip is the beloved author of twenty-seven fantasy novels, including The Riddle-Master of Hed , Harpist in the Wind , Ombria in Shadow , Solstice Wood , and The Sorceress and the Cygnet. She received the inaugural World Fantasy Award for The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and later received the World Fantasy lifetime achievement award. She is also a three-time Mythopoeic Award winner. She recently published the novel Kingfisher and the collection Dreams of Distant Shores. McKillip lives in Oregon.

Internationally-bestselling author Gail Carriger's debut novel, Soulless , won the ALA's Alex Award. Her wildly popular steampunk Parasolverse contains multiple series including the Parasol Protectorate, which was also published as a graphic novel. Carriger has received the Steampunk Chronicle's Reader's Choice YA Award, the Prix Julia Verlanger, the Elbakin Award, and a Starburner Award in Literature. Her novels have been published in eighteen languages and made the New York Times list thirteen times. She lives in California.

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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
namemenaive More than 1 year ago
This story was a favorite of mine when I was a kid and I still enjoy rereading it today. Highly recommended for young girls because of the strong heroine, but anyone who enjoys fantasy or McKillip's work will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is like a perfect diamond in a simple setting; the world is not wonderfully deep, and the story is simple...but the writing is absolutely magnificient, and the story tells a truth of which every person needs to be reminded: hatred does far more damage to the one who hates, than to the victim, even when the hatred is justified and completely understandable. I really think that this story, along with one or two others and a few songs, prepared the way for my conversion; it is not a story of God, or of anything directly Christian. Rather, it is a story that relates truth. If there is a better-written fantasy novel than this out there, I do not know what it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first McKillip book I read: Good enough to make me read all her other books and winner of the first world fantasy award.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book back in the 1970's, before someone created the plethora of feminist clones of male action heroes. Reading it as an adult who has grown tired of the omnipresent gore in contemporary fiction, I enjoyed it even more. McKillip uses magic as a metaphor for a uniquely female power women use to influence the world around them, and then positions her heroine as a neutral dominant force in a variation on the the theme of two warring medeival kingdoms trying to find 'the edge' necessary for victory. She keeps 'magic' in its place, that of a force few people can use, and builds characters whose motives and actions are not stereotypical. The magical beasts blend beautifully into the plot, which really concerns the people in the story. The unconventional ending makes this fairy tale one that should be on everyon'e bookshelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was...there aren't words to tell you about this book! It was...wonderful!!! Heart breaking and enlighting all at once. It ends how you had hoped it would but before the ending so many things happen that make you want to cry. It was one of the BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect blend of story, characters, and the author’s voice. It speaks to anyone who has ever been caught between hope and fear. McKillip has the ability to make a fantasy seem real, as if the sings of Gyld and Moriah and a white-haired wizard who learned to love are part of our own history.
MissKelbe More than 1 year ago
I was at my local BARNES & NOBLE looking for something new to read and I came across THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD. I’m so glad I got this book and finally sat down to read it. Sybel is definitely not like most of the heroines I’ve read about, which made me LOVE HER in this book. All the magical creatures in this story were creative and not what you see or read about in other fantasy books. This book definitely earned the WORLD FANTASY AWARD. I also have a new favorite author to add to my list. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy. (less)
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first McKillip fantasy and I enjoyed it very much. It brought to mind Robin McKinley¿s [The Blue Sword] and [The Hero and the Crown] which I read earlier this year. The writing in this was beautiful and she described her people and places vividly so it was easy to envision what was happening, which for me made it not only pleasurable but also a fairly quick read. I was a little disappointed in the beginning because I had wanted more told about the development of the relationship between Sybel and Tam. (nb¿this is one of my problems with YA literature, they are often skimpy on the development of characters and relationships in order to get to the ¿action.¿) However, the book made up for that as it followed Sybel¿s development after she encounters Coren the second tine and in all that follows. The ending is stunning and satisfying, although I had expected one aspect of it. Highly recommended
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patricia McKillip has long been a favorite fantasy author of mine, and this stand-alone story is a great introduction to her work. Sybel is a daughter and granddaughter of wizards who learned to call mythical creatures and control them, deep in the forest of Eld Mountain. Sybel lives alone with her creatures ¿ Gules Lyon, the Cat Moriah, the Bull Cyrin, the Dragon Gyld, and the Falcon Ter. Her only desire is to call the fabled Liralen bird to her house, but she cannot find it. Sybel does not know what it means to love, until one day a tired soldier appears on her doorstep carrying a baby ¿ her nephew. Everything changes for Sybel at that point. She learns to love young Tamlorn and Maelga, the old witch who helps her care for him. Tamlorn grows strong and happy on Eld Mountain with Sybel and her animals. But the two countries below, whose war caused the child to be sent up the mountain, are restless. Tam learns that his father is Drede the king. But the House of Sirle, who brought Tam to Sybel, also have plans for the boy. Sybel refuses to be drawn into the politics of war, although both sides woo her for her powers. But when Sybel is hurt by another magician, she descends from her mountain into the wars of men, and begins to plot her revenge. Like the rest of McKillip's work, this isn't just escapist medieval fantasy with dragons and bards and battles. There is actually something quite profound here. In her studies, Sybel accidentally calls fear itself, which manifests as a horrible bird of prey, the Blammor. The wise Bull Cyrin speaks more than once of a giant whose eye was injured, turning it back into his mind. The legend goes that the giant died of what he saw there in himself. Though it's never explicitly stated, I think the power of the Blammor is self-knowledge. To the good, it is awful but bearable. But the evil do not escape with so much as a single bone unbroken by what they see reflected in the Blammor's moon-pale eyes. I love the way this is tied together in the end with the Liralen, that beautiful bird with trailing wings. It is only beautiful if you are, inside; self-knowledge holds no terrors if you are pure within. And becoming beautiful inside, after being twisted by hatred, is the journey that Sybel makes in this story. Her horrible revenge on the evil magician and the king who commissioned him comes at the expense of everyone she loves... and in the end the choice to hate or to let go is hers alone. This shares some elements with Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea books, mostly in the importance given to names. Names are power, and can be used to control the being who is named. In Earthsea, wizardry consists of naming things rightly, and it seems to be the source of power for Sybel as well. I was also reminded forcibly of Robin McKinley's Damar books, The Blue Sword and The Hero and The Crown, because of the taut spare quality of the relationships. The politics are also very like those in McKinley's stories; everyone has a different motive and the players interact carefully, often deceptively. On the romantic side, the relationship between Coren and Sybel reminded me a lot of Aerin and Tor.I think this might be my favorite of McKillip's books so far ¿ or at least it's near the top of the list. It's a fantastic novel from one of the genre's most intelligent and skilled authors. Highly recommended.
ncgraham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld marked Patricia McKillip's first unmitigated success in the fantasy genre. It is the story of Sybel, third in a bloodline of wizards who have settled on Eld Mountain. There she lives, alone but for the fantastical beasts that she and her forefathers have called to serve them, until one day a baby is brought to her doorstep. With the help of an old healer woman, she raises the child Tamlorn and learns from it how to love, but when Tam is grown the rulers of both Eldwold and Sirle come to claim him. Sybel thinks she has everything under control, when she feels herself being called, and cannot resist....Though this book begins rather slowly¿it took 100 of the 200-odd pages for the main conflict to emerge¿but pretty soon one becomes entangled in a web of hate, fear, and passion. Sybel is a complex, distant, and eventually vengeful heroine, less likable initially than many McKillip protagonists, but all the more fascinating for it. The end contained an unexpected twist, rife with symbolic imagery, and I expect it will all make more sense upon a reread, although I did not feel confused while reading it, as I sometimes do with her books. Most fascinatingly, there are repeated mentions by Cyrin the talking pig of the Riddle Master; obviously McKillip had other ideas boiling in her mind at this point. I'm not sure this book is quite at the level of the Riddle-Master trilogy, but it certainly ranks alongside Ombria in Shadow and Alphabet of Thorn as one of her best stand-alone books.
WolfFish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a gift from a very special friend. When they gave it to me, they said that it had given them strength and inspiration through tough times in their life and they wanted to pass it on.The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a story about a young woman who grows up, the daughter of a great man, who has called to him a variety of different fantastical beasts, all of which she cares for after her father's passing.The characters are imaginative, from the wise boar who can answer every question save one, to the dragon, to the elusive Liralen. They come alive through the pages and each narrative, dialogue and descriptive draws you further into this amazing, emotive world.From cover to cover, the story captivates and draws you in, so in the end, you're as in love with the characters as they might be for one another.The author has a way with words, a deep, wise voice for her narratives and a whimsy to the interactions that the characters have with one another. An excellent story to share with a young loved one going through a hard time, or an old friend who just loves a good book.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sybil was raised on Eld mountain by her father. Her only company was the animals that her father called to the mountain. After her father died she maintained the animals and studied magic to become an unparalleled sorceress. She spends days upon days trying to call the one creature that she thinks can give her complete freedom, the creature called the Liralen. One day she is interrupted by someone at her gate; Coren wants her to take in and protect a baby named Tam. When Sybil accepts Tam into her mountain home she is drawn into a deadly conflict between two factions. Sybil struggles to remain separate from the world of men, but instead is drawn deep into it as Tam grows to manhood.This book is a very deliberately paced book. It is beautifully written, in an older style but with lush description and very literature-like language. This is very much a traditional young adult fantasy. To be honest I had trouble getting through the first chapter which details Sybil's lineage and how she comes to live on the mountain; I kept falling asleep. After I got past the first chapter however I found myself intrigued by what would happen to Sybil and Tam as they were drawn further and further into man's conflicts. For such a simple story this book touches on many deep philosophies. It looks at living in isolation, the relationship to your mother and father, revenge, fear, peace, and love. The characters, especially Sybil, go through a tumultuous emotional growth throughout the story. The animals that Sybil "keeps" are delightful and represent aspects of human personalities; such as wisdom, fierceness, grace, direction.This was a great read for children and adults alike. Despite some violence, it is definitely appropriate for younger children. I am always impressed with the beauty of McKillip's writing. I will say her books always make you think and always end up wandering into some deeper aspects of human philosophy.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wizard, daughter of wizards, has a menagerie of mythical and powerful beasts. Her otherwise solitary life changes when a man brings her a child to raise.I picked up this book due to several recommendations and I'm afraid I'm didn't quite get the point. The language is stilted, the characters are dull, and the plot is plodding and uninspired. Interesting parts are glossed over and boring parts are greatly elaborated on. Intriguing characters get little or no time, which is instead given to boring conversations that could have been summed up in a few lines instead of a few pages and often appear out of nowhere with no build-up.I rather think it might have been as a better short story or several short stories. I liked the end well enough, but I haven't yet read a book I disliked where the end made up for everything else, and this is no exception. Definitely will not reread.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
In the white mountain palace of Endelweld lives a woman raised by her father alone to speak the silent language of great animals who, to most, are only legend. Her menagerie is incomplete without the mighty bird Liralen, for which she has called many times. What appeared on her doorstep instead was a warrior carrying a small baby boy, heir to the throne, he said, and in danger. The queen of the beasts, Sybel, cares for the boy until he is twelve, when the messenger returns and asks to make the child known to his father. But how can Sybel release one whom she has grown to love, or even leave with the boy and king, to serve a man whose heart is filled with hate and war? The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is an enchanting foray into magic, riddles, and the ambitions of war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have adored this book since I first discovered it on a shelf in my elementary school library. Even 20 years later I can remember exactly how I felt when I first read it, and I still get the same delight today. Powerful and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book!! Absolutly a reread!!!
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
When I was in high school, my best friend used to mention what a wonderful book this was, but for some reason I never borrowed it from him to read. I had thoroughly enjoyed The Riddle Master of Hed and its sequels, but inexplicably that didn’t prompt me to read this one. What a mistake that was. I just finished the book some 35 years later and it is a masterpiece—a totally beautiful story lusciously written. McKillip is one of the few fantasy writers I have ever read that manages to create strong pacifist-leaning characters who deal realistically with the heart-wrenching turmoil of their days. This is a book with unexpected twists and turns, intense love and hatred that lead to heart-wrenching character growth. It was so obviously a labor of love to write and will be a treasure to reread again and again. Take the time to experience this one. You won’t regret it.
Likes-to-readRR More than 1 year ago
I have always liked Patricia McKillip. This I read in a very short time. Wished it didn't end.
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GreyMouser More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by McKillip that I read, when it first appeared in the 70's. It made me a dedicated fan/reader and I have read everyting she has written since, including her short stories when I have found them. Her writing, at it's best, has the magical quality that one finds in the very best traditional fairy tales.
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