Tuesday, March 16, 2004

I love Patricia McKillip. Her Riddle-Master trilogy is my favorite work of fantasy ever. Her newest book, Alphabet of Thorn isn't as strong as that, but then, little is. This one is typical of her style: dreamy atmosphere, magic, strong female characters, etc. but never descends into cliche. Her characters seem stereotypical at first, but reveal surprising depths or weaknesses as the story progresses. I loved the emphasis on books and language and libraries as sources of possible rebellion and danger. This is definitely one of my favorites of hers, despite the ending feeling a little rushed.

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