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Winter Rose (Winter Rose #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  6,319 Ratings  ·  328 Reviews
Sorrow and trouble and bitterness will bound you and yours and the children of yours...

Some said the dying words of Nial Lynn, murdered by his own son, were a wicked curse. To others, it was a winter's tale spun by firelight on cold, dark nights. But when Corbet Lynn came to rebuild his family estate, memories of his grandfather's curse were rekindled by young and old - an
Mass Market Paperback, 262 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Ace (first published July 1st 1996)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Winter Rose is Patricia McKillip's take on the Tam Lin folktale. It veers from the standard legend pretty dramatically.

An attractive young man, Corbet Lynn, moves to the medievalish village of Rois and Laurel Melior, two sisters. Rois (our narrator) likes to wander around outdoors barefoot, heedless of propriety; Laurel is the more proper sister, with a fiance who loves her. Somehow Corbet, who seems to be struggling with some kind of family curse, manages to upend both of the sisters' lives.

I love Patricia McKillip's writing. That bald statement doesn't do the depth of my feeling justice, but there it lies. She turns the simplest statement into poetry, creating exquisite images that shimmer before the mind's eye long after the book has been closed; she imbues the whole world with magic, drawing forth colors unimaginable from the stark black text on a white page.

It is possible that Winter Rose is her best book. Where normally her prose creates just the slightest distance, separating
3 stars solely for the quality of McKillip's writing - evocative, lyrical, full of beautiful imagery. Sort of a combination of Marillier's style, which is vivid, always filled with otherworldly and draws inspiration from folklore, and McKinley's - which is heavy on psychedelic "trips" her heroines have to go through to evolve and grow.

Winter Rose is an interesting enough Tam Lin re-imagining, too bad so much of the story is dedicated to the main character's running in the woods or in snow or hav
I’ve actually reviewed this here before, and in fact read it twice before. I wanted to give it another go, because I’ve been reading a couple of other Tam Lin based stories (The Perilous Gard; An Earthly Knight; just starting Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin) and because I want to read the sequel to this, Solstice Wood. And because I’m stubborn as heck and I didn’t ‘get it’, and I don’t like that feeling.

Well, I still didn’t really ‘get’ it, though I was more content to go with the dreamlike logic and just
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
When I first read this, it was the first book I’d read by McKillip and I really didn’t appreciate it. I thought the words were lovely, but the substance was all over the place; everything had dream logic, and sometimes I couldn’t hold onto that logic and follow it through — or I’d come to totally wrong conclusions that I don’t think McKillip intended at all. But I expected this time to be different: I’ve come to really love McKillip’s work, in general, and to enjoy and follow the lyricism, the i ...more
I love the evocative writing where dream and reality blend and are impossible to tell apart. This part was great, as was the hidden magic underneath the surface.
What I liked less was the dragging out of the story. It's pretty clear from early in that this is going to be a type of Tam Lin retelling. The heroine, Rois wanders out in the night a few too many times looking for Corbert, the mysterious and obviously enchanted/cursed neighbor. It got to be IMO too repetitive. It would have been better
A.G. Howard
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ms. McKillip is one of my favorite authors. Her prose is simply beautiful and magical. Loved this broken fairy tale!

This book offered me everything I most certainly did not expect to get. I am not sure what I did anticipate but definitely not this. Yes, I signed up for an enchanting fairy tale about magic, light or dark, about otherworldly creatures, bizarre or wonderful, about the never-bending love or maybe not and I received something entirely different, something more complex and mysterious than that. I was offered an exquisitely written tale about need, loss and life. And I came to love the path I did no
Winter Rose is written in a very lyrical style, but on reflection, not much really seems to happen. I quite enjoyed the style, but in the end, I can't really think of much substance to it. It was a bit Goblin Market-esque, I suppose, with the two sisters, and one pining away, and the other doing all she could to make things better... And of course, there was the story of Tam Lin. But I got a bit confused with who was related to who and how -- at one point I thought Corbet's father was also Rois' ...more
Megan Baxter
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I intended to write this review yesterday, before the book club that was going to discuss it in the evening. But it didn't matter how many times I opened this page, I just sat there, unable to think of the words I wanted to say about this book. I'd liked it well enough, but damned if I could think of a single thing to say.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

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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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“I did not want to think about people. I wanted the trees, the scents and colors, the shifting shadows of the wood, which spoke a language I understood. I wished I could simply disappear in it, live like a bird or a fox through the winter, and leave the things I had glimpsed to resolve themselves without me.” 19 likes
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