Pass through fairy tales into the magic of invisible worlds in these opulent stories by a beloved fantasy icon and author of the classic Riddlemaster trilogy. Patricia McKillip has inspired generations of dedicated readers with enchanting tales that are as romantic as they are unexpected. Her lush, mesmerizing narratives are as deliciously bittersweet as the finest chocolate and as intoxicating as the finest wine. The bewitching wonders offered here include princesses dancing with dead suitors, a knight in love with an official of exotic lineage, and fortune's fool stealing into the present instead of the future. You'll discover a ravishing undine and her mortal bridegroom who is more infatuated with politics than pleasure, a time-traveling angel forbidden to intervene in Cotton Mather's religious ravings, a wizard seduced in his youth by the Faerie Queen returning with a treasure that is rightfully hers, and an overachieving teenage mage tricked into discovering her true name very close to home.
About the Author
Patricia A. McKillip is the bestselling author of more than thirty much-beloved fantasy novels, including The Riddle-Master of Hed, Harpist in the Wind, and The Sorceress and the Cygnet. She has received the World Fantasy Award for The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Ombria in Shadow, and Solstice Wood, for which she also received the Mythopoeic Award. McKillip has also received the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. She recently published the novel Kingfisher and the collection Dreams of Distant Shores. McKillip lives in Oregon.
"Lush imagery and wry humor . . . McKillip's rich language conveys real strangeness and power." —Starlog
"A casket full of wonders. I think each one is my favorite, until I read the next. McKillip has the true Mythopoeic imagination. Here lies the border between our world and that of Faerie." —P. C. Hodgell, author of the Kencyrath series
"Cool elegance." —Chicago Sun-Times
"McKillip's is the first name that comes to mind when I'm asked whom I read myself." —Peter S. Beagle, author, The Last Unicorn
"This brilliant new collection puts on display the audacity, the warmth, the intelligence, and depth of [McKillip's] huge and magnificent talent." —Peter Straub, author, A Dark Matter and Ghost Story
"Endlessly astonishing and impressive fantasist McKillip (The Bards of Bone Plain) travels the shadowy twilight realm between worlds and returns with the raw stuff of dreams." —Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW - August 20, 2012)
"I loved all the stories in this collection. . . . Patricia Mckillip is a master at what she does. Strongly recommended." —Locus (September 2012)
"Mesmerizing. . . . Any collection of McKillip's short stories will be a valuable asset to any library and a joy to her many fans." —Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW - October 2012)