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Penguin Putnam
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. One day, unexpectedly, strangers pass through town on the way to the legendary capital city. “Look for us,” they tell Pierce, “if you come to Severluna. You might find a place for yourself in King Arden’s court.”
Lured by a future far away from the bleak northern coast, Pierce makes his choice. Heloise, bereft and furious, 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.
As Pierce journeys to Severluna, his path twists and turns through other lives and mysteries: an inn where ancient rites are celebrated, though no one will speak of them; a legendary local chef whose delicacies leave diners slowly withering from hunger; his mysterious wife, who steals Pierce’s heart; a young woman whose need to escape is even greater than Pierce’s; and finally, in Severluna, King Arden's youngest son, who is urged by strange and lovely forces to sacrifice his father’s kingdom.
Things are changing in that kingdom. Oldmagic is on the rise. The immensely powerful artifact of an ancient god has come to light, and the king is gathering his knights to quest for this profound mystery, which may restore the kingdom to its former glory—or destroy it...

Baker & Taylor
After the son of a sorceress discovers the truth about his father, a knight in the court of King Arden who had a destructive infatuation with the queen, he sets out towards Severluna to help restore the kingdom to its former glory.

& Taylor

After the son of a sorceress discovers the truth about his father, a knight in the court of King Arden, who had a destructive infatuation with the queen, he sets out towards Severluna to help restore the kingdom to its former glory. By a World Fantasy Award-winning author.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, c2016
ISBN: 9780425271766
Branch Call Number: FANTASY MCK
Characteristics: 346 p. ;,22 cm.


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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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