Alphabet of Thorn

Alphabet of Thorn

Book - 2004
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One of the most spectacular fantasists of our time, Patricia A. McKillip creates fairy tale worlds of wonder and magic. Now, she opens the page on a time and place where an orphan girl is haunted by thorns...a reluctant queen rules between sea and sky... and epics never end...
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780441011308
Characteristics: 314 p


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Jun 29, 2011

Whimsical folklorish adult fairy tale magic

Jun 24, 2011

A story of magic and poetry, Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip is a lyrical fairy-tale like story about the Kingdom of Raine. The story focus is on Nepenthe, a beautiful foundling who was taken in and raised in the library deep in the city that is built on and in the cliffs overlooking the sea. Now a trained translator she spends her time in the library surrounded by books. A magical book is discovered and passed on to the library for translation. Nepenthe comes into possession of the book and it’s language of thorns takes hold of her to the point of obsession. The story now branches out into not only Nepenthe’s story, but the story of the King and magician that is told in this alphabet of thorns. Eventually these two stories entwine and unveils who Nepenthe really is.

I totally admired the writing but never felt fully engaged by this story. I felt the characters were a little one-dimensional and the dreamlike atmosphere, although beautiful, held me at a distance. The book started slowly but the last two chapters seemed to push the reader to the climax. With a plot involving books and libraries, I felt I should have loved this book, instead I have come away just feeling a gentle like.

Jun 12, 2011

The prose are lovely. Many pages feel like a poem in paragraph format. Occasionally, this makes it hard to follow. Yet in the end I'm glad I stuck it out.

Oct 12, 2010

A lovely stand-alone fantasy with an interesting premise. If you are new to Patricia McKillip this book would be a good place to start.

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