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Solstice Wood (Winter Rose #2)

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No stranger to the realms of myth and magic, World Fantasy Award winning author Patricia A. McKillip presents her first contemporary fantasy in years. Solstice Wood is a tale of the tangled lives we mere mortals lead, when we turn our eyes from the beauty and mystery that lie just outside of the everyday. When her beloved grandfather dies, bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn knows ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Ace Books (first published January 26th 2006)
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The one where Sylvia's grandfather dies and her grandmother calls her home to a house that's a gate between two worlds.

There's the germ of something wonderful here, and it all clusters around Iris, the grandmother, and her Fiber Guild. Everything in Iris' POV, everything about the Fiber Guild, I loved. The changeling was also wonderful, with a truly alien mind. But I can't recommend this one.

Part of the problem was the plot's dependence on things I just didn't believe. The human antagonist was c
Solstice Wood is a loose sequel to Winter Rose, set a few generations later in the same place. That gives it a really weird feel, because it’s very much rooted in place and time, while Winter Rose could be almost anywhere, anywhen. I don’t really remember the same concrete sense of place about Winter Rose at all; perhaps because half of it was spent in the other world, but still. That felt untethered in time, and this really isn’t — planes, phones, worrying about reception. It feels realistic, a ...more
Feb 21, 2014 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Here's my review from June 2007:

"Bookshop owner Sylvia returns to the family home she's avoided since she was a teen. Confronted with her loving family once more, Sylvia begins to realize that her grandmother is much more than she seems--and that the local sewing circle is far more powerful than she ever dreamed. Their stitches protect the human world from encroachment by the faery world. But when Sylvia's cousin is kidnapped by the fey, she is forced to confront her own prejudices. This is a mu
This is my second time reading this, which is a sequel to Winter Rose. The first time, I hadn't read Winter Rose in a couple of years and so couldn't directly compare them, and I felt as though Solstice Wood stood up reasonably well.

This time, I read them back to back, and oh dear, I thought Winter Rose was much better and didn't like Solstice Wood as much.

The problem, I think, is the disjunct between the styles and the settings. They're both first person, but Winter Rose has only one narrator,
Nov 04, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9, fantasy, 2006
What a beautiful, lovely book. Solstice Wood is a wonderful blend of the mundane and the mystical, all tied up through misunderstanding.

Two worlds collided badly in McKillip's Winter Rose and in this book, generations later the reverberations of that are still present. After Rois Melior won Corbett Lynn back from the queen of the winter wood, spells and guardians were put in place to keep the wood folk away and contained.

If you follow tradition and the path set down by your forebears, is there e
The multiple 1st person POV was done very poorly in this book. The characters' voices all sounded the same (yes, several of them are related to each other, so this could be understandable), so I would have trouble remembering whose chapter I was on if I stopped reading in the middle of it.
May 15, 2009 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fantasy
Solstice Wood is the sequal (of sorts) to Winter Rose, published ten years before. Rois and Corbet Lynn's decendants still live in Lynn Hall, and have taken upon themselves to block off the gateways between the human and faerie worlds, to keep the malicious Queen of the Wood from ensnaring and destroying any more people.

But when Liam Lynn dies, his granddaughter Sylvia, as heir to Lynn Hall, is forced to come back and face the wood she'd been running from all her life. And when she gets there,
Reading a Patricia Mckillip's book, is as close as i will ever get, of enjoying poetry.
As always, i felt like the author words, took a life of their own, ensnaring me in them.
I really liked the different narrators perspectives. For me that gave another fluidity to the story which i loved.
There were parts of it, where, i couldn't help myself but reading them out loud. The images, and words were so strong, that i felt that they just had to be spoken. This is a story about rethinking the past, and
Sarah Bringhurst
Dec 12, 2013 Sarah Bringhurst rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As you can see by the star rating, this book did not impress me much. Which is pretty sad, considering that it's the sequel to Winter Rose, my favorite book for years and years. It was in fact the book I read out loud to my husband when we were first married so that he could truly understand me. (I'm not the only one who does this, right? I mean, it's the obvious next step in a relationship after thoroughly perusing one another's bookshelves) Unfortunately, where Winter Rose is subtle, poetic, a ...more
Mar 14, 2013 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I can see now why Patricia McKillip is so popular and has won awards. Her writing puts you right in the scene. Its very descriptive without going overboard. Because this book had so much to do with nature, her descriptions played an important role in the story. I did not read the previous book, Winter Rose, which started this series. That did not seem to matter. I am curious why there was ten years between books. I felt there should have been more but maybe there will be another, hopefully in le ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fantasy
Setting/World Building: 5/5
Main Character: 3/5 (Loved Syl and Iris, not so much Owen and Tyler)
Other Characters: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Triggering/Issues: 5/5 (None)

AVERAGED TOTAL: 4.1 out of 5, rounded to 4.

Yet again, another beautiful story by Patricia McKillip. This book is apparently the sequel to another book, which I didn't know right away. You can read it without having read the first one, though, it takes place generations in the future. Overall this book grew on me. It took awhile at
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
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Nov 11, 2008 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy, Mythic Fiction Lovers
Patricia McKillip is a goddess!! She is my all time favorite author, and I adore all of the recent stand-alone books she's written. Most of her books are written in a place out of time, a sort of fairy tale setting (and are written in a prose poetry style that only she can do so well). This is the first foray I've read of hers into a modern, urban fantasy setting. And boy does she do it well!!

An outstanding book by McKillip.
Ryan G
May 04, 2014 Ryan G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only read one other book by Patricia A. McKillip, though I wished I could remember the name of it, but she now has a fan for life. She is such a lyrically beautiful writer, every word is sacred and every scene in the book is lovingly set for the reader to enjoy. This is a haunting book of family secrets and longing for a place to call home, it just so happens to be set in a old country manor surrounded by woods that holds it's own secrets.

I don't want to get into too much detail about Sylvi
I don't know that this is a book I would have purchased, but I came across it in the library and thought it looked good enough to try.

It started out a bit iffy - it was strange and dark for my taste, but I'm glad I stuck with it because it did get better and I actually liked the ending.

Nowhere on the book does it say that it's the sequel to "Winter Rose." I only found that out here on Goodreads. I guess you really don't need to have read that book to enjoy this but maybe that's part of the reaso
Kathy Davie
Mar 19, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homey, fantasy

Second in the contemporary Winter Rose fantasy series. I suspect you should read Winter Rose before this one..

In 2007, Solstice Wood won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.

My Take
Shades of Charles de Lint! I haven't read much McKillip yet and Solstice Wood seems very unlike what I've read so far…more Charles de Lint than anything.

It's a fascinating story of a "war" between the fey and humanity which culminates when Sylvia has to return home for her grandfather's funeral. Secrets w
Jun 25, 2010 Lia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
So, normally I don't like McKillip. Too much ungrounded metaphor, too much dream-confusion, too much over-writing, etc. But this book is different. It's written as a tale that takes place right now. There are lots of characters with dyed hair or piercings or both. And cell phones.

There is some really good stuff about women making magic with the way they tend the world in normal, everyday tasks. But, what I really liked about this book was how it looked at ancient prejudice and how and why we do
Kathleen Dixon
I found this book because I was doing a search to find a book to fill a challenge requirement (I do love these challenges I've found in the 2 groups I belong to on GoodReads). The specific requirement was to read a book that involved my favourite hobby, so I searched the library website for crochet + novel. This was one of the selection I was given, and when I read the blurb I discovered it was also a fantasy - there was a good chance that I'd enjoy this book. And I did.

Sylvia left her hometown
Dec 22, 2008 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solstice Wood is Patricia McKillip's first contemporary fantasy. I can't call it urban, since the setting is decidedly rural and since the pacing and flavor of it is not at all like most current urban fantasy novels. It's subtler and quieter, with some quite lyrical magic in its words, enough to remind any avid fantasy reader that oh yes this is why we read this stuff: because the world of the fay, the world of Other, is full of magic. McKillip does an excellent job keeping that magic flowing th ...more
Patricia McKillip is one of my favorite authors. I enjoy everything she's written, including this novel. However, it wasn't my favorite; I kept wishing I were reading Winter Rose instead, of which this is a semi-sequel.

Sylvia's grandfather dies, and she's called back to her family home (the same house in Winter Rose but many centuries later) by the matriarch of the family, her grandmother Iris. Sylvia has a secret that's haunted her all her life, but she soon discovers that everyone around her i
Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
Sylvia Lynn left her family years before, moving to a different coast to get away from the troubling aspects of her own past, and from the grandmother who raised her. Called home by the death of her beloved grandfather, she is drawn into the strange workings of the Fiber Guild, a group of magical women who literally stitch, knit, and crochet a web of protection around their little town. Sylvia must confront the dual nature of this protection, as well as her own duality, when she is forced to go ...more
Jul 17, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm mystified by the negative reviews some have given this book. To me it seems like a worthy, in some ways even better, sequel to Winter Rose.

Of course, it does shift the tone dramatically, bringing the story of Lynn Hall recognizably into the modern day. But it adds a great deal in the process, particularly the Fiber Guild, which turns out to be a much more nuanced and fallible--but nonetheless effective--force in the novel than one might at first expect.

The book does take a while to get goi
Sep 22, 2015 Sia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I generally love Patricia McKillip and one of the things I love is the persistent sense that magic is darker, more alien, and more dangerous than many fantasy novels show it as. This, therefore, is probably my least favourite of her books, especially as a sequel to the terrifying Winter Rose, where magic is inimical to humanity. Here, somehow, the fairies are just misunderstood. This is probably the only one of her books I'm never likely to re-read.
Shonna Froebel
Dec 10, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting look at the relationship between the "real" world and the world of faerie. Sylvia Lynn lives far from the small village that she grew up in, running a bookstore that she owns. When her grandmother, Iris, calls her to let her know her beloved grandfather has died, she returns. She reconnects with family and her best friend, and with the woods that she has always felt drawn to. It is only when she attends the Fiber Guild meeting hosting by her grandmother that she realizes t ...more
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Jan 04, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been drawn to tales of the otherworld, fay lately. This is the story of Sylvia who left her home in upstate NY as soon as she could and moved to the west coast. She is drawn back when her grandfather dies. Through his death she reconnects with her grandmother and others from her past. Despite her best intentions, she becomes attached once again to her past and her destiny. McKillip sends a lot of time developing the characters in the first part of the book but I left like she rushed throu ...more
Jun 24, 2008 Mary-Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I quite liked this story even though I was initially wary of it since it's different from what the author usually does and I adore her writing. This one is set in a more modern, a more realistic world.

The thing that bothered me the most was definitely the changing point of view between chapters. It wasn't confusing really, so much as a little odd and disconcerting. When you're reading from one character's perspective one moment and another's the next it takes a little mental readjusting, which
May 07, 2010 Tapestrymlp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2009
I made the mistake of picking this book up last night for a just a chapter or two. Predictably I couldn't put it down. McKillip has a way of drawing me into a book so that it's impossible to get back out. In many ways it reminds me of Diana Wynne Jone's Fire & Hemlock or McKillip's own Winter Rose. Once again we're plunged into the world of the fairies. There are no twists or turns in the story and the plot is straight forward and simple. The entire book is written in first person with chapt ...more
Katharine Herndon
Jul 24, 2010 Katharine Herndon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sylvia gets a phone call, across the country from Lynn Hall to where she has her bookstore -- a call from her grandmother, to tell her that her grandfather died. She returns, for the first time in years, and they find her changed. And there she reads the story that her ancestor Rois left behind.

Which leads into the magic that Lynn Hall would be a gateway to, if they let it. And she learns that the hall was left not to her grandmother, but to her.

The rest of the tale involves a man whose love can
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Patricia Anne McKillip is an American author of fantasy and science fiction novels, distinguished by lyrical, delicate prose and careful attention to detail and characterization. She is a past winner of the World Fantasy Award and Locus Award, and she lives in Oregon. Most of her recent novels have cover paintings by Kinuko Y. Craft. She is married to David Lunde, a poet.

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