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In the new fantasy from the award-winning author of the Riddle-Master Trilogy, a young man comes of age amid family secrets and revelations, and transformative magic.
Hidden away from the world by his mother, the powerful sorceress Heloise Oliver, Pierce has grown up working in her restaurant in Desolation Point. Traveling strangers tell him of the legendary capital city of Severluna. Heloise tells her son the truth: about his father, a knight in King Arden's court; about an older brother he never knew existed; about his father's destructive love for King Arden's queen, and Heloise's decision to raise her younger son alone. Now Pierce journeys to Severluna, his path twisting through the lives of others. For things are changing in the kingdom, and the king is gathering his knights to restore the kingdom to its former glory ... or destroy it ...
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425271766
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 21 cm


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Raeldrele Jul 03, 2017

I like strong women characters that kick butt and a male protagonist who needs his mother to save him.

"Suddenly, it didn't seem very important, going off looking for something so vague and mysterious when what I really want is where I left her."

ChristchurchLib Jan 17, 2017

Growing up on Cape Misbegotten in northern California, Pierce Oliver never knew his father. In fact, he assumed the man was dead (or a deadbeat) until a chance encounter with a roving band of knights prompts a confession from Heloise, his sorceress mother: Pierce's sire is alive and well and living in the kingdom of Severluna -- with Pierce's older brother. Shocked by this revelation, Pierce immediately sets off the court of King Arden to find his father and seek his birthright. The journey to Severluna turns into a quest in which he encounters mysterious people and magical places, while unraveling family secrets.

Apr 28, 2016

Love this! A great stand-alone modern fantasy story. All the requisite elements - good, evil, ethics, loyalty, love, adventure - of the genre. Plus the quirkiness of the characters and their relationships, descriptions of their meals and cars, make the contemporary setting real. A fun, quick, satisfying read.

Michael Colford Feb 10, 2016

It may be cliche, but I must start this review with, "How does she do it?" Without being at all formulaic, Patricia A. McKillip has managed to write a stunning series of stand-alone novels (shocking in the fantasy genre) that consistently weave wonder, magic, romance, adventure, and stunningly complex characters, male and female with such startling consistency and nary a misstep in over thirty years!

In her latest novel, Kingfisher she creates an astounding number of well-define, diverse characters in a fantastic world that blends modern day, with the time of knights, and the remains of magic. Each character is distinct and memorable, even when they don't appear for chapter on end. She also deftly creates several factions all seeking the same goal for different purposes, but in such a way that the reader is never quite sure who to root for? Is there one group that is in the right? Another working for nefarious purposes? It's hard to tell, right up to the fantastically mystical denouement.

As usual, her prose drips with exquisite language that in and of itself is a joy to experience. And again, coupled with a complex and delicious stories mainly centered around food, in fact, and the magic inherent in the creation of a superb meal. Patricia A. McKillip, admittedly, is my favorite author, so take this review with a grain of salt, but I stand by it.


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