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Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
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Feb 10, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, fantasy-magic, bookclub
Recommended to Richard by: SciFi & Fantasy Group 2009-03 Fantasy Selection

(Conceptualizing review.)

This was the Fantasy selection for the Goodreads SciFi and Fantasy Book Club for the month of March 2009. Visit this link to see all of the discussions, group member reviews, etc.

Four most significant characters are women:
Nepenthe, Kane, Vevay, Queen Tessera

Three secondary male characters:
Bourne, Laidley, Axis
Four tertiary males:
Felan, Gavin, Master Croysus

Inexperience portrayed well -- Bourne & Uncle think latter is clever for getting a family mage, but to the ancient Vevay & Gavin, it's transparent (reminds me of Duplicity)

No 'Evil' characters!

Even Axis treated with sympathy.

Laidley's view of history, p. 275.
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