Song for the Basilisk
As a child, Rook had been taken in by the bards of Luly, and raised as one of their own. Of his past he knew nothing--except faint memories of fire and death that he'd do anything to forget. But nightmares, and a new threat to the island that had become his own, would not let him escape the... show more
As a child, Rook had been taken in by the bards of Luly, and raised as one of their own. Of his past he knew nothing--except faint memories of fire and death that he'd do anything to forget. But nightmares, and a new threat to the island that had become his own, would not let him escape the dreaded fate of his true family. Haunted by the music of the bards, he left the only home he knew to wander the land of the power-hungry basilisk who had destroyed his family. And perhaps, finally, to find a future in the fulfillment of his forgotten destiny.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: December 1st 1999
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, High Fantasy
, Sci Fi Fantasy
, Speculative Fiction
, Heroic Fantasy
, Sword And Sorcery
Patricia A. McKillip has a lovely, lyrical, fairy-tale style of writing. This book revolves around the mystery of Rook's identity and his memories of fire. This is an unusual tale of loss and revenge, with intriguing, fully fledged characters and the occasional humorous bits. The setting is also ...
by Patricia McKillipRook, a bard of Luly, does not know his true identity. All he really knows is that he cannot ever remember what he is, or he will bring destruction. And yet, he cannot deny his memories forever.Okay, that was a really bad summary of the plot of a lovely book. This definitely fall...
Wow. It is rare to read a book that verges on "perfect" – but more often than not, that book will be one by McKillip. "Song for the Basilisk" is definitely one of her best. In a pseudo-Renaissance setting, rivalry flares into violence, and House Berylon, whose symbol is the basilisk, overthrows and ...
Utterly mesmerizing. This was even more Poetry and Silk than her others. I have no idea how she does it, but her words are so fascinating, drawing me in like nothing else I've experienced before. I shiver at her power.
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