Praise for The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
"Rich and regal."
New York Times
“With its elegant language and lovingly rendered heroine, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld has won the love of readers young and old alike it’s a book that feels richer with every rereading.”
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"This is my favorite book of all time. If I had to pick a desert island book, it would be this one."
Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate
“Before Daenerys was Mother of Dragons, Sybel commanded beasts of all kinds. McKillip offers up a powerful character full of passion, determination, obsession, and love.”
A. C. Wise, author of The Kissing Booth Girl
"This is what great literature looks like: bold, self-incisive, powerfully feminist without drawing attention to anything but the prose, the characters, and the story."
Usman T. Malik, author of The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn
"Some books stay with you. It's been over forty years now since I first read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and succumbed to its enchantments. With its rich and lyric prose, its wondrous mix of characters (beasts included!), and its thoroughly enchanted world it was unlike anything I had read to that point. Forty years later I still cherish the experience."
Bruce Coville, author of the Unicorn Chronicles
"Patricia McKillip's Forgotten Beasts of Eld is stunning. . . it filled me with joy and awe at the power of love, writing, and fantasy."
Max Gladstone, author of the Hugo Award-winning Craft Sequence series
“An extraordinary book, and McKillip deserves all the praise she received for creating such a masterful, brave, intricately crafted universe. 10/10 stars”
“Intimate, gorgeous, quiet and deep, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld remains as resonant as ever.”
"Gorgeous, evocative, and fragile."
[The] Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a remarkable novel to come from such a young person: wise and deep and lucid and crisp."
"Like the Ring trilogy or the Earthsea books . . . this magical moonlit fantasy has dignity and romance, heart-stopping suspense, adventure, richness of concept and language and, perhaps rarest of all in romantic fantasy "a sly sense of humor."
"I read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld many years ago and was smitten. It is delicious and wise "a true classic."
Susan Fletcher, author of Dragon's Milk and Shadow Spinner
"Fear, hope, love, hatred, and all that makes us human assume magical forms in McKillip's characteristically gorgeous prose."
E. Lily Yu, author of "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees"
"There is a magic and grandeur to McKillip's focused prose, a kind of resounding clarity that lives and echoes in the mind long after the story is done."
Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying and Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day
"With elegant, lyrical prose, Patricia A. McKillip creates a timeless fairytale of love, revenge, and the cost of each. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a book I return to, time and again."
"It feels ageless, eternal, light and perfect like a star."
"The best fantasy novel of the year and perhaps of the decade. It's a mythical kingdom fantasy with a marvelous heroine, satisfying strange beasts, and chilling sorcery."
“More than 40 years after it was first published, McKillip’s World Fantasy Award-winner is unquestionably a classic of the genre, and it reads as timelessly as ever in this new print and ebook edition.”
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“5/5 stars. This novel, like so many of McKillip’s stories, reads like a waking dream, one readers will want to escape into again and again. This is one of those books that can’t come with enough high recommendation.”
Seattle Review of Books
“5/5 stars. Myths and legends come alive, riddles abound, and magic seeps through each word. This is an utterly enticing story, with a fascinating heroine”
Night Owl Reviews
"A remarkable work of Literature."
The Royal Library
"Patricia McKillip weaves an incredibly rich, poetic, wise and mystical story, holding her readers spellbound."
St. Louis Dispatch-Post
“McKillip's elegant prose lends this dark fairytale a dreamy, mythic quality. A fantastic read featuring a fantastic heroine.”
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“A masterful wordsmith. McKillip has no peer when it comes to incantatory prose, and her wizardry spells you into a waking dream in this breathtaking tale.”
“McKillip’s prose is utterly enchanting, steeped in a fairytale-like storytelling.”
“This novel is a bonafide masterpiece, as well as a modern classic, and one of my all-time favorite novels. Every fantasy fan should read it.”
John R. Fultz, author of Seven Princes
“The book is full of magic, wonder and fantastic creatures. It tells a heartwarming story of an independent woman who grows as a person and learns some important life lessons. This really is a wonderful read, and I fully understand why McKillip is recommended so highly.”
“McKillip’s world is clear and intricately drawn, with Sybel’s secluded life juxtaposed to the kingdom in turmoil just beyond her reach. The combination makes for a magical reading experience.”
“A beautiful wizard; magical, sentient animals,; lovely prose; and complex attachments and relationships have made The Forgotten Beasts of Eld a classic adored and re-read by those who first discovered it decades ago.”
A Garden Carried in the Pocket
“I read [ Eld ] first when I was a girl, and I still count it as one of my favorite books of all time.”
Jeffe Kennedy, author of The Shift of the Tide
“ The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a stunning masterpiece of fantasy. 10/10 stars.”
“A magnetic and magical writer . . . a terrific book.”
Green Man Review
“Exquisitely written and has the feel of an original fairy tale, with all the emotional strength of the very best fables and legends.”
Praise for Patrica A. McKillip
"McKillip's is the first name that comes to mind when I'm asked whom I read myself, whom I'd recommend that others read, and who makes me shake my grizzled head and say, "Damn I wish I'd done that"
Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn and The Overneath
"I read, and reread McKillip eagerly. She reminds me that fantasy is worth writing."
Stephen R. Donaldson, author of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
"Patricia McKillip is the real thing and always has been. She shows the rest of us that magic can be made with words and air; that is it worth doing and worth doing well."
Ellen Kushner, author of Swordspoint and Thomas the Rhymer
"Ever since finding and loving The Riddle-Master of Hed many years ago, I have read everything Patricia McKillip has written. You should too."
Garth Nix, author of Sabriel and the Keys to the Kingdom
"Some authors we read for their characters and their plots, others for the beauty of their language. I read Pat McKillip for all three."
Charles de Lint, author of The Riddle of the Wren and The Blue Girl
"World Fantasy Award winner McKillip can take the most common fantasy elements, dragons and bards, sorcerers and shape-shifters and reshape them in surprising and resonant ways.
Publishers Weekly , starred review
"Elegant and absorbing, [McKillip's] work never reads as stiff or formal, as some fantasy stories can lean toward, and the language, while beautiful, never loses the reader, but instead remains both lyrical and deeply visceral."
Manhattan Book Review
Reissue of McKillip's 1974 fantasy tale of lost innocence; widely praised, sometimes extravagantly so, it won the 1975 World Fantasy Award.White-haired, black-eyed wizard Sybel lives alone on Eld Mountain with a collection of magical, sentient beasts—the Boar Cyrin, the Lyon Gules, the Falcon Ter, and so on—with whom she can converse telepathically. She and her forebears magically summoned the creatures, though her heart's desire to call the great white bird Liralen remains unfulfilled. Her bubble bursts when Coren of Sirle arrives claiming vague kinship and bearing a newborn baby, the son of his slain brother. Coren's family is locked in an existential struggle with Drede, King of Eldwold, for control of the kingdom to which baby Tamlorn is heir. Reluctantly she accepts charge of the child and begins to experience the emotions she hitherto has never needed. Both Drede and Coren, it turns out, covet her beauty and her power, but Sybel refuses to take sides. Years pass. Tam, it emerges, is actually Drede's son, so she returns him to the king. But then Drede makes a fatal mistake, leaving Sybel burning for a revenge that threatens to subvert her capacity for love. All this echoes many fantasy ideas without borrowing overmuch from any one, and it never turns derivative. The narrative is perfectly articulated, with a timeless quality accentuated by McKillip's trademark crystal-filigree prose and undercurrents of subtle humor. On this level, then, it totally succeeds. But does it withstand closer inspection, as a great fantasy must? Well, Drede and Coren, while sympathetic and appealing (when they're not being perverse or unpredictable), are two-dimensional—the animals have more personality. More crucially, Sybel remains incapable of introspection, unable to grasp that what she does to others is no different than what others do, or attempt to do, to her. The magic, too, is troublesome: it breeds true despite a human admixture in every generation and comes without agency, effort, learning, or downside. Like much of McKillip's work: gorgeous, evocative, and fragile.