Thumbs up for Riddle-Master: The Complete Trilogy (containing The Riddle-Master of Hed, Heir of the Sea and Fire, and Harpist in the Wind) by Patricia A. McKillip. Fantasy.
The classic “heroic” fantasy style, with wizards, kings, battles, et al, is by far my least favorite, so a book has got to be pretty fabulous to keep me reading. This is, and it did, and if you have any vague interest in fantasy at all, you should read it. The fact that it is a fantasy novel in which the main conflicts are conflicts of knowledge appeals to my geeky side; and I wanted to find out what happened to the characters, which counts for a lot. It does suffer from a moderate but not fatal case the near-inevitable fantasy disease of TML (Too Much Landscape). If you know what I mean, you know what I mean. But it’s too beautifully done for me to complain much.
“No,” she whispered. “You did many things well. Dangerously well. There wasn’t a man, woman or child in the realm who didn’t trust you: you did that well. So well that I am still sitting beside you, talking to you, even though you hurt someone I love past bearing. I don’t know why.”
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