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Alphabet of Thorn - Patricia A. McKillip
Alphabet of Thorn
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Fantasy author Patricia A. McKillip, the 21st century's response to Hans Christian Andersen, has mastered the art of writing fairy tales -- as evidenced by previous works like The Tower at Stony Wood, Ombria in Shadow, and In the Forests of Serre. Alphabet of Thorn is yet another timeless fable... show more
Fantasy author Patricia A. McKillip, the 21st century's response to Hans Christian Andersen, has mastered the art of writing fairy tales -- as evidenced by previous works like The Tower at Stony Wood, Ombria in Shadow, and In the Forests of Serre. Alphabet of Thorn is yet another timeless fable suitable for children and adults alike. In the kingdom of Raine, a vast realm at the edge of the world, an orphaned baby girl is found by a palace librarian and raised to become a translator. Years later, the girl -- named Nepenthe -- comes in contact with a mysterious book written in a language of thorns that no one, not even the wizards at Raine's famous Floating School for mages, can decipher. The book calls out to Nepenthe's very soul, and she is soon privately translating its contents. As she works tirelessly transcribing the book -- which turns out to be about the historical figures of Axis, the Emperor of Night, and Kane, his masked sorcerer -- the kingdom of Raine is teetering on the brink of chaos. The newly crowned queen, a mousy 14-year old girl named Tessera who wants nothing to do with matters of state, hides in the woods as regents plot revolution. The queen's destiny, however, is intertwined with Nepenthe's ability to unravel the mystery of the thorns.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780441012435 (0441012434)
Publisher: Ace
Pages no: 291
Edition language: English
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By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it
4.0 Reading Notes: Alphabet of Thorn
As far as I can tell, I first read Alphabet of Thorn in 2009. At that point I said, “This is one of McKillip’s strongest books, with a lot of palace intrigue and politics, fascinating characters, and a feeling of strangeness lurking just around the corner.” I do think it’s one of her stronger books,...
hpagano
hpagano rated it
4.0 Alphabet Of Thorn
Fun fantasy read. One of my favorite hobbies, learning languages, was an important part of the story, which was really cool. Characters were engaging, love interests weren't overly mushy and were in keeping with motivating character and plot. Occasionally I found some lines of truly lovely prose.
She Reads Everything
She Reads Everything rated it
2.0 Alphabet Of Thorn
After reading wonderful things about McKillip's abilities with fantasy, I was very disappointed with this title. The writing style alternated between intensive detailing of the environment and dream-like ramblings through the characters' thoughts. I alternated between being bored and being confuse...
Betsy's Non-Blog
Betsy's Non-Blog rated it
2.0 Alphabet of Thorn
With The Riddle of the Stars, the other Patricia McKillip books that I've read, there was an immediate empathy and affection for the characters. That was not true with this book, although by the end I did have sympathy for them. There just was not enough depth to them, or flesh, perhaps. It was a...
Gloria's Pages
Gloria's Pages rated it
5.0 Alphabet Of Thorn
What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? I bought the book when it first came out, read it once, and promptly lost it (ie lent it out and never got it back) and yet it still haunts me. The building tension between Nepenthe and the text she is translating, the young queen who jus...
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