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The Black Beast (The Book of Isle #4)

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In Nancy Springer’s enthralling fourth volume of the Book of Isle, two young princes set out to destroy their own father and the pervasive evil that poisons the kingdom

An epic saga set in an ageless island stronghold of magic and mystery, Nancy Springer’s Book of Isle series is considered by many to be among the most accomplished offerings in all of fantasy literature, as
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 17th 1982 by Pocket (first published 1982)
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Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a terrible book. But not in the sense that I wonder why I finished it, just that it did not end how I would have liked it to. Ending aside, I loved the style and the story, though both are too Tolkienesque to be very fresh or original. I hope that all will be resolved more happily in the next, and last, book in the series.
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Dec 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-fantasy
Prince Tirell, heir to a legacy of madness and death, has his life torn apart when his true love is slain, and his younger brother, Frain, finds himself swept along. The story plays on multiple levels: the personal, where the most important value is family devotion; the global, where Tirell plans rebellion; and the divine, with a goddess, dragons, and a trip through the realm of the dead.

This volume is stronger than the last, for a few reasons. It relies less on the burden of prophecy to carry i
Anastasia Wolf
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It made me feel i was truely in the story. There was romance, battles, and a family reuniting. I have read it many times and still read it to this day. I even lent my book to my English teacher because she wanted to read it. I understand why Tirell did what he did, but that was no excuse for his actions.
Ryan Phillips
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is incredibly depressing. The characters are constantly miserable, unhappy with their situation, fate, and the choices they have made. Even strong friendships can be built on anger. I enjoyed the book because of its powerful emotional effect, but I suggest reading it quickly so that you don't stay sad for too long.
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Read this way back in high school, and I gotta say that it's a beautiful little piece of mythic fantasy which I have a soft spot for... But I never felt as close to the characters as I did to Hal and Alan and other characters in the Isle books... Lovely language, though.
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Nancy Springer has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery -- although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. DARK LIE
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The Book of Isle (5 books)
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  • The Silver Sun (The Book of Isle, #2)
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