In the Forests of Serre (Mckillip, Patricia a)

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  • Title: In the Forests of Serre (Mckillip, Patricia a)
  • Author: Patricia A. McKillip
  • ISBN: 9780441010110
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About "Patricia A. McKillip"

    1. Patricia A. McKillip

      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.According to Fantasy Book Review, Patricia McKillip grew up in Oregon, England, and Germany, and received a Bachelor of Arts English in 1971 and a Master of Arts in 1973 from San Jose State University.McKillip s stories usually take place in a setting similar to the Middle Ages There are forests, castles, and lords or kings, minstrels, tinkers and wizards Her writing usually puts her characters in situations involving mysterious powers that they don t understand Many of her characters aren t even sure of their own ancestry Music often plays an important role Love between family members is also important in McKillip s writing, although members of her families often disagree.


    1. I read that this book is a retelling of the russian legend "The Firebird". Not being aquainted with that legend, i cannot make comparisons.The little i can say about this story,(for which i just can't find the proper words) is that the author is a master craft in her genius. I think i have mentioned this, on another review on some other book by this author, but for me, Mckillip writing is the only kind of poetry that i trully enjoy. The words are just beautifully chosen, and they fit perfectly l [...]

    2. This isn’t quite a retelling, but there are elements which look very like Baba Yaga, Ivan and the Firebird, and other such folk and fairytales. That said, it’s very much a book of its own which uses the magic of those fairytale elements to reflect on love and grief, and on struggles with oneself. The prose is lyrically beautifully as always, but less opaque than in some of McKillip’s other books — it seemed perfectly clear what everything meant, except perhaps on the point of Unciel and [...]

    3. Patricia A. McKillip just writes pretty. That's the only word I can imagine when I read her. It's such beautiful prose that paints a picture in my mind that carries me through the story with no problem.This is maybe one of my favorite of her novels. Ronan, the prince of Serre, accidentally runs over the prized white hen of the worst witch in the Forest of Serre, Brume. She curses him with the ability to not find his way home if he leaves his house, at least until he finds her.Sidonie, the prince [...]

    4. In the Forests of Serre is a beautifully told story that draws inspiration from Russian fairytales, particularly Baba Yaga and the Firebird. McKillip's prose is just stunning, with a sense of rhythm that's almost like poetry - except that I really don't like poetry, but somehow I loved this. The narrative is nicely structured, with well-thought-out character arcs and a few deft reverses that occur when you least expect them.Many books today aim to be realistic and gritty (and I've loved a fair s [...]

    5. In the Forests of Serre is a beautifully written fairy tale with a focus on the human heart (literally and figuratively). I didn't love it as much as my favorites of McKillip's novels, The Changeling Sea and The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, since I didn't get quite as invested in the characters. However, I did enjoy it very much, particularly reading about Princess Sidonie.Full Review on My Website

    6. Wonderful. I'm working my way through Patricia McKillip's backlog and I think that this one is my second-favorite (so far). Her books are pure magic.

    7. This book is McKillip's not so much re-told, but re-imagined legend of the witch Baba Yaga and the Firebird.Princess Sidonie is sent to wed a prince from a neighboring kingdom to form a political alliance and keep peace. But Prince Ronan is still mournng the death of his previous wife and his child, and wants nothing to do with another woman, no matter how lovely. He flees into the wild country - country known to be inhabited by the dangerous and powerful witch Brume. Ronan ends up not only grie [...]

    8. I feel like this book was a puzzle. Each individual piece that I read seemed small and insignificant and maybe frivolous, but then I finished the book, all the pieces put together, and my mind is still blown by how gorgeous the picture is! I find that her handling of so many characters is so interesting. She managed to weave a story through four separate povs with something like eight main characters. As a writer, this may be part of the reason for my awe. All the characters are well formed. I f [...]

    9. The perfect description of this fantasy: spellbinding!! It was an enthralling mixture of Russian folklore [a Baba Yaga witch living in a house of bones--no mortar and pestle--and the firebird] and fairytale elements: prince and princess; wizards, an ogre, shapeshifting, talking animals, and the mysterious, frightening, magical Forests in the land of Serre. The author deftly mixed these elements together in a glorious mélange.

    10. Not my favorite McKillip novel, but still easy to recommend to others. A mix of folk tale and fantasy, with almost too many elements happening in the story.

    11. A fairy tale. I find it hard to put words to this. I wanted desperately to like it because "simple fairy tales" have always been my coping mechanism. But this one was frightfully bad. I wouldn't even recommend it to my fourteen year-old self, because there is not a single character in this fairy tale who could possibly act as a role model for a young girl. The female characters are pathetic, whiny, selfish, and weak. The males are brutal, strong and for 99% of the text, drive the plot.There are [...]

    12. While all of McKillip's books have certain fairy tale -like qualities, In the Forests of Serre embraces them completely and becomes more a folk tale with certain Russian flavor rather than a traditional novel. In doing so, it tells a charming, very neatly constructed story that is at times in danger of becoming overwhelmed by its two flaws, but in the end manages to steer clear of them and offers a rewarding reading experience.The folk tale quality of the story is evident in almost all the aspec [...]

    13. Perhaps one of McKillip's best fantasies and losing only to "The Riddle-master of Hed" for my favorite. Unlike "The Bells at Sealy Head," which I recently finished, "The Forests of Serre" is much more folkloric, mysterious and, in my opinion, enthralling, and all that keeps me from rating it as five-stats is something that I unfortunately find often in McKillip's writing: a certain sense that the story and characters could go further.The theme of the book revolves around two ideas, that of the " [...]

    14. Prince Ronan is being forcibly removed back to his father's castles, from the battles where he had been trying to kill himself since the death of his wife and infant child. He accidentally tramples on the white hen of the witch Brume, and when her requests for recompense are too dangerous, she curses him to leave his father's castle and never find his way back until he finds her again. After he is informed that he is marrying again, he sees a firebird and sets out to follow it in the enchanted f [...]

    15. McKillip novels work, or don't work, for me based mostly on the strength of the characterisation. Her prose is lovely, her plots follow a very satisfying fantasy logic; these things are a given. I find that they need to be animated by compelling characters and relationships, though, or it's all just gossamer.In The Forests of Serre didn't work for me.I thought it was a beautiful, twisty sort of fairytale story with a capricious narrative (that's a good thing). I loved the way McKillip used magic [...]

    16. Deep within a secret cave in a far northern land, a monster's hidden heart is stolen. In the land of Serre, the king has arranged for the marriage of princess Sidonie of Dacia to his only son, Crown Prince Ronan. Sidonie's father agrees in the interest of promoting peace between the two kingdoms, but is worried for her safety, because the King of Serre cannot ever be trusted. To ensure princess' safety,the most skillful of all wizards, Unciel, sends a young protege, Gyre, as her guardian. And Si [...]

    17. This actually was a pretty good book overall. I didn't think much of it at first, but it grabbed me toward the middle. Still, it wasn't so compelling that I didn't feel like I could put it down, it was mostly read because it was there. The characters really weren't horribly intriguing, or maybe it was the way that they were written wasn't horribly intriguing?The princess was a typical beautiful and brave princess, the prince was a typical handsome and brave prince. I mean, it's not like I would [...]

    18. A re-telling of an old Russian folktale wherein a mighty kingdom—Serre—is ruled by a fierce warrior king who does not remember where the magic of the land comes from. His son recently lost his wife and son and wishes to die, but the king will have him wed to a daughter of a nearby, smaller kingdom said to be great with magic. On his way back from a war, the prince accidently kills the chicken of a witch and she puts a curse on him that sends him feverishly running through the forest in pursu [...]

    19. Absolutely beautiful as usual . It reads so much like a fairytale, complete with mysteries that aren't quite resolved at the end, horrific imagery and an accumulation of riches. What I like most about McKillip is how warm she is - her prose is gorgeous ( look at that cosy, comfortable, perfect passage: 'The rest of the pages you should read. If you can get through my handwriting.” He separated himself from the chair slowly, bone by bone. “The cat is sleeping on them. Read a little before you [...]

    20. Patricia A. Mckillip is my new-found favorite author. Written in beautiful prose, concealed meanings and descriptions in her writing create a vivid landscape of wizards and dragons, monsters and stubborn princesses, deceit and hard-won love. With a mysterious phoenix stealing away men's hearts and a cruel one-eyed king with a lust for power. The forest of Serre is full of its own wild magic that cannot be bottled up and controlled, though many try. A wizard too blinded by his own desires to noti [...]

    21. Set in a world where stories and dreams become real, In the Forests of Serre is a beautifully told fairy tale, complete with a beautiful (and strong) princess, a cursed broken-hearted prince, a wily wizard and an ogre of a king. The story draws you in, and just as Gyre fell in love with the magic of Serre, it's easy to be transported there for a time while reading McKillip's lovely prose. Well drawn characters and a steady pace keep the story going to a magical end. Recommended for those who nev [...]

    22. It never ceases to surprise me the beauty of McKillip's writing: her words read almost like poetry, with such a prodigious use of metaphors and comparisons and awe-inspiring sentences that makes the readers loose themselves into the world she crafts; she describes it with such talent, to the point we can hear the wind rustling the leaves of a tree.Seldom have I read another author with such an amazing gift for the written language she really does make her stories read like poetry or like a dream [...]

    23. This was such a delightful read. McKillip has a way of weaving stories within stories making them as fluid as water. Woven in the story of Sidonie and Ronan is the threads of love lost forever thru death, love uncertain and found in unlikely ways, as well as life with out love. Its also the story of hearts that are broken, taken and mended and how much you miss of life if you don't see with your heart.

    24. This book only got three of the four stars McKillip's books get mainly because I didn't feel that the storyline ever really gelled to the point that I cared about the characters as much as I did in her other books. This one borrows much from Russian fairy tales (the Firebird, the witch with her house of bones that walks through the forest). It is enchanting and a good read, just not, in my opinion quite as good as some of her other books.

    25. As other readers have stated, I also find her writing too ethereal. It is very pretty prose but it lacks punch and an adult plot. I think it would be better if it was published as an illustrated (abridged of course ) children`s book

    26. Thank you, Stephanie, for turning me on to Patricia McKillip. If there were such a thing as "cozy fantasy," this would be it. I love her writing and her ability to make a short fairy tale into a rich story full of characters you can relate to, care about, and will remember. On to the next one!

    27. A very imaginative tale, filled with interesting characters and magical adventures. In some ways it merely scratched the surface; offering a glimmer, a peek into the potential of what could easily be a second tale, or series of books that could stand together the Forests of Serre.

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