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In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip
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May 29, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy

This was a fascinating read and a fairly fast one for a McKillip book. I read it a couple of years ago, so the plot isn't perfectly clear in my mind. This book has the most engaging set of characters of any of McKillip's stories that I've read. Oddly, the one I most enjoyed was the randomly villainous chicken witch who inhabits the forest of Serre. There's also a wonderful old wizard, who remains remote yet engaged via magic. This book doesn't have the depth or complexity of her The Book of Atrix Wolf, but it has more action than most of her books. The chicken witch and the phoenix are wonderful quirky problems to be solved. I can't claim to completely understand how the two intersect at the end, but overall an enchanting read.

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