It’s always a pleasure to welcome a new* Patricia A. McKillip book to the list. With two Word Fantasy Awards for best novel and another for Life Achievement, Hugo, Nebula and British Fantasy Award nominations and a staggering fourteen Mythopoeic Award nominations – with three wins – she is one of the great voices of modern fantasy. Here’s another chance to encounter her magic . . .
Eager to graduate from the school on the hill, Phelan Cle chose Bone Plain, oft immortalised by poets and debated by scholars, for his final paper because he thought it would be an easy topic. It was commonly accepted – even at a school steeped in bardic tradition – that Bone Plain, with its three trials, three terrors and three treasures, was nothing more than a legend, a metaphor. But as his research leads him to the life of Nairn, the Wandering Bard, the Unforgiven, Phelan starts to wonder if there are any easy answers . . .
* You know what we mean!