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Riddle-Master by Patricia A. McKillip
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Sep 08, 2010

really liked it
Read from August 17 to 18, 2010

I enjoyed this the second time around-a second time based on a friend's recommendation. A kind of Lord-of-the-Rings lite. I've never [yet] come across a similar underlying purpose/ability?? as used in this trilogy.

The first time I read it:
I began this story with high hopes—its introduction mentioned the author’s influence by Tolkien. McKillip has an interesting premise that really needs to be better developed. Even though she spent 12 years creating this trilogy, she needs to spend a few more years including the connecting details. There are too many gaps where the author assumes that we’ve picked up more than we possibly could simply because the information is lacking. Her use of the word “riddle” felt wrong throughout the story. The “riddle” questions interspersed throughout are more of in the line of historical and philosophical queries. I kept struggling to figure out how I was missing the “riddle” concept. Her characters are poorly described and the background for the countries and the characters is very thin. The book is a World Fantasy Award winner so there is something in here for the reader…somewhere…

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