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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  7,912 ratings  ·  316 reviews
Almost destroyed because of a man's fear and greed, Sybel, a beautiful young sorceress, embarks on a quest for revenge that proves equally destructive. Winner of the World Fantasy award, this exquisitely written story has something for almost every reader: adventure, romance and a resonant mythology that reveals powerful truths about human nature. Locus praised it for its ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 10th 2005 by Gollancz (first published 1974)
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A magical read. McKillip subverts the tried and tested formula and creates a magical romance that twisted me into knots before it was over.

Sybel, the hermit sorceress of Eld Mountain, is sixteen years old when a strange man brings a baby to her, telling her that the babe is her newborn cousin. Born and raised among the magical menagerie that her father and grandfather before her captured and bound to them, the babe awakens emotions in her she never knew she had. But by agreeing to take in her co
Isa Lavinia
One day Patricia A. McKillip will write a bad book and that'll be the first sign of the impending apocalypse. I have no idea how I went through so many years of my life without having read her books. Actually, that would probably be because there are no Portuguese translations and I have to buy the originals from the UK.

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is, in a word, delightful. Like all of McKillip's books the reader is lost in her magical worlds from the very first page. She writes things and they
Somehow, from the midst of feeling dreadful because of this cold, I realised that what I really wanted to read was something by Patricia McKillip. It’s so strange how I disliked the first book of hers I read; I feel like I appreciate her work more with each book I do read. And this one… it’s fairytale-like, mythic — a review on GR said ‘parable like’, and yes: that too. It’s full of epic fantasy elements but the real struggle is between taking revenge and being true to who you really are and tho ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
Enter a land where wise old boars speak, as well as falcons, lions and cats. A land filled with sorcery, beauty and evil . . .

Known as the ice white lady, Sybil was raised to live to care only for the mythical beasts under her control - powerful, beautiful and wise, and feared by man - she knows none of the ways of men and prefers to keep it that way. Until one day, when a young babe is left in her arms, and she learns to love, and gets entangled in a War she wants no part of.

Gail Carriger
This is my favorite book of all time. If I had to pick a desert island book, it would be this one.

There is something about the way this book flows that is actually literary magic. It's about magic, and riddles, and all sort of other legendary things but it's like fractal mathematics: beautiful, impossible for an ordinary human to understand, and yet hypnotic. Just the opening paragraph is chilling, and thrilling, and all sort of other trilling llls in a row. I can't describe this book, because i
Dude, I'm glad this was not the first McKillip book I ever read. I've loved everything I've read by her before, but this was terrible. Which is too bad, since I always heard it was so great. But I definitely wouldn't have given her other books a chance if I'd come across this one first.

Well, okay, terrible might be a little strong. There are well-written parts. Still, skill matters little when I hated a) the characters, b) the plot, and c) seriously, every single character. And parts of it weren
C. Owen
In truth, I can’t really review this book. It largely defined fantasy for me. I read it when it first came out, and have loved it ever since. It is one of the few books (it was branded a ‘young adult’ book at the time) that I enjoyed then and continue to enjoy almost 40 years later. The writing is some of the most beautiful I have read—the type of graceful, economical, musical prose that is not met with (or sadder yet—attempted) anymore.

This is not a ‘big’ book, full of grand sweeping loudness
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

The dreamy quality of McKillip's writing draws a person in and makes the reader feel like they are part of the fairytale. I like how this author makes some pretty in depth commentary on society, gender roles, politics and intangible things like hopes and dreams. She doesn't lay it out directly but weaves it into her story.
On its surface this is kind of a children's quest story but the underlying messages are deeper than that. There is quite a lot of navel gazing involved in gle
A . . . parable – yeah, that’s close enough – about the sorceress on an isolated mountain the king she raises and the man she falls in love with, and how she is drawn back down into the world of men and politics and power and greed.

This is a hard book. It has this precise, chilly sort of narration, like it’s dissecting this story even as the characters act it out with dramatic, stylized gestures. The sorceress can call creatures to her – a black swan, a dragon – and bind them to her. The book is
It's been a long time since I read this book, but I still remember it well & fondly for it's beautiful writing. There's something of Tolkien's epic story telling, but it is warmer, as is the whole story. At first distant, but it sucked me in until I really cared & understood the characters.

Like LeGuin's early EarthSea trilogy, she packs a lot of story into the few pages, too. The magic is magical, not fully explained, but not overpowering nor too convenient. There also isn't the strict
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Αυτή τη γυναίκα θέλω απλά να τη σαπίσω στο ξύλο. Προσέξτε: έχει απίστευτη πλοκή, απίστευτους χαρακτήρες και την ανάλυσή τους, απίστευτους μύθους και πλάσματα και σκηνικά κι ό,τι άλλο βάλει ο νους σου, μεστή δεμένη γλώσσα και:

αγνοεί κάθε έννοια έντιτινγκ και λογικής συνέχειας.

Όχι κυρία μου, όχι, δε μπορείς να καταστρέφεις ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο ξεχνώντας να βάλεις την πληροφορία που πρέπει στην ώρα που πρέπει! Δε μπορεί να μας λες για την ηρωίδα σου, όλο το γενεαλογικό της δέντρο σε τρεις σελίδες, και
Questo libro è stata una vera e propria scoperta, non mi aspettavo nulla del genere!!
Innanzi tutto la protagonista, Sybel, la maga di Eld, è un personaggio molto insolito. Inizialmente potremmo quassi definirla un anti-eroina perché egoista e quasi priva di sentimenti tanto che viene paragonata al ghiaccio per la sua freddezza (ma anche per la sua bellezza).
In realtà però questa è solo la sua facciata esteriore lei ama in modo infinito quegli animali mitici che riesce ad evocare con la sola forz
A remarkably non-epic book for a tale of wizards, a kingdom sliding into civil war, and talking beasts (incl. a dragon). Not epic, that is, in the usual sense. To be sure, it has all the elements, but they're beside the point. The point instead is a young, powerful woman wizard who can't escape the expectations of power; she wants to be left alone, to not have to make choices that affect others, but this is a luxury even she can not afford. No one can.

And despite all her determination to the co
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This is the third McKillip book I’ve read, and my clear favorite so far. The spare, detached style puts one in mind of a fairy tale, but the story works because it’s a very human and emotional one; in the end the narrative detachment doesn’t distance the reader from the tale so much as prevent all the strong emotion from dragging it into melodrama.

The blurb is all wrong (and the cover seems to be based on the blurb): it’ll tell you it’s about a 16-year-old and implies that this is one of those t
Melissa Proffitt
It's been a long time since I've read this, maybe not since I was a teen. Patricia McKillip has always been one of the great stylists of fantasy literature, possibly of all literature, and when you consider that this was only her third published book, and arguably her first for adult readers, it's even more impressive. As always, it's the imagery that draws me in: the golden Lyon Gules, the silver-tongued boar Cyrin, Sybel's house in Eld Mountain with its green fire. Then it's the story that kee ...more
I first read this book probably 20 years ago, and was a little leery of re-reading it, since I had remembered loving it, but worried that I wouldn't like it so much anymore. Fortunately, I ended up loving it as much as the first time. It is a short book, but the plot is tight, and weaves an enchanting mood throughout. There is no time to develop a vast, detailed world such as Middle Earth, but McKillip manages to give her small world as real a feel as any other. I also appreciated that this is w ...more
This book is amazing! I've read it at least four times and expect that I can probably read another dozen times and never get sick of it. The main character shows that human's personality is circumstantial and that even the coldest heart can be thawed out with a little tender loving care, It is short and it leaves you aching for more of its magic. Someday I may find another book like this one where it is short and sweet and infuriating because it stands alone. Regardless, this book will definitel ...more
I admit I didn't get very far into this book. My oldest daughter bought it a long time ago and told me she couldn't stand it. I was curious so I began reading. First, I have to say I really do not like the writing style at all. I also felt that the main character seemed rather dim witted, at least in the beginning. And none of the characters I read about were very likeable. I honestly do not know why so many people rate this so high.
My first encounter with Patricia A. McKillip, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Told in the style of a myth or fairytale, this is the story of Sybel, a young and very powerful sorceress (more of a conjurer, really) who has a very traumatic encounter with another wizard that starts her down a path of vengeance that takes her to places she was never previously interested in going and exposes her to emotions she had never previously felt.

This is, primarily, a story about an emotional journey, but i
Hannah Abbott
This book is on my short shelf of favorites and possibly my favorite fantasy of all time. I revel in McKillip's ethereal language. I want to be her remote heroine, even when she finds herself making choices she really didn't want to make, although perhaps less so when she is manipulating people. I instantly warm to her hero, who is far more human than heroic and who seems to flounder his way to what he wants more by intuition than intention. I long to be loved the way he loves Sybel. I delight i ...more
Celine Low
Beautiful and mythical.

The opposite of love is fear.

Hate is a defence against fear. Fear is both cause and consequence of hate. Hate perpetuates fear, when fear of others turns to fear of oneself, and one cannot look inward without dying of what one sees there. But perfect love is freedom and it drives out all fear.

The hideous monster Rommalb/Blammor that reveals to one the dark mirror image of oneself - one's shadow-self of fear and hate - turns, at the end, into the grace and purity, beauty an
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld è un romanzo fantasy di Patricia A. McKillip, pubblicato negli anni ’70.
Il fatto di appartenere alla “vecchia scuola” del fantastico non toglie freschezza alla storia, che si legge velocemente e con piacere, oltre ad essere originale e profonda, alternata tra parti più pacate e descrittive e altre più dinamiche, senza mai nulla di scontato.
Anche la parte romance della storia è tutt’altro che stucchevole, senza alcun sentimentalismo noioso o banale.

Nonostante il worldb
I think The New York Times had it right when they described this book as "rich and regal". At first I thought it may have been a little brief a description, but really, it is very, very apt. I imagined the whole tale as a vibrant medieval tapestry, so complex in it's making that all the images have a life of their own. The beasts were gorgeous and terrifying, and each character (except for Coren who I seemed to have developed an unreasonable vendetta) were superbly created. Sybel has got to be o ...more
B brought another million boxes of books home, and I saw this book, grabbed it, and screamed, "THIS IS AN AWESOME BOOK!" Then I read the back and said, "Have I even read this?"

Seriously, I didn't remember anything about it except that I had read it at some point and totally loved it. And WOW. Just as awesome as I remembered. I made it halfway through not remembering anything, then I remembered one little thing, and then another little thing... and I vaguely remembered one detail about the ending
One of the pleasures of young adult fantasy literature is that often the best of it will a subtle, insightful, and very much approachable exploration of life's themes and humanity through whimsical and alluring metaphor. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld does not quite accomplish this, but the rhythmic pace and language McKillip chooses is as much to blame for this as to credit for a final product that feels like a modern legend of yore. If one were to translate a minstrel's tale into common speech th ...more

"Rich and Regal." New York Times said it best.

This was a beautiful story, about a wizard woman living on top of a mountain away from the world of man, until she's suddenly thrust into the middle of a long war between two different lords and is forced to care for a King's infant son and raise him. McKillip is a fantastic fantasy writer, her lyrical prose fits the dreamy and other worldly setting of magic and wizards and talking beasts.

The plot was evenly paced and engaging, and the romance w
Sybil was raised on Eld mountain by her father. Her only company was the animals that her father called to the mountain. After her father died she maintained the animals and studied magic to become an unparalleled sorceress. She spends days upon days trying to call the one creature that she thinks can give her complete freedom, the creature called the Liralen. One day she is interrupted by someone at her gate; Coren wants her to take in and protect a baby named Tam. When Sybil accepts Tam into h ...more
Pensavo di avere un "problema" di disaffezione verso il fantasy, ebbene non è mica vero, il genere continua a piacermi molto sono gli autori di oggi che non mi soddisfano.

"The forgotten beasts of Eld" è un romanzo del 1974, la scrittrice appartiene alla “vecchia scuola” degli autori fantasy. In circa 150 pagine la scrittrice racconta una storia deliziosa, piena di magia, con una protagonista femminile credibile, e infatti mi piace (cosa che non accade spesso), animali fantastici, malvagi che poi
Wow, great book. Such a unique sort of story, and I can't think of any story I've read with a protagonist like Sybel. The story had a fairytale quality to it, but the way it played out was still refreshingly unpredictable to me. I wish some asshole's review on goodreads hadn't openly spoiled the ending. The ending felt like a bit of a let down, and now I don't know if it's because I knew what was coming, or if it genuinely ended a little poorly. Either way though, the rest of the book was so goo ...more
This is a beautifully written novel, that reads like a fairy tale with its simple yet poetic language. I can see why it won the World Fantasy Award. Sybel, a young woman trained in magic by her late wizard father lives on Eld Mountain alone with the legendary beasts he collected.
One day, a baby is brought to her to raise. In spite of her doubts, the boy Tamlorn grows to melt her heart and reconnect her with humanity. Her suspicion of human society and its politics and wars seems warranted howeve
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