May 21, 2010

The Riddle-Master of Hed

The Riddle-Master of HedTitle : The Riddle-Master of Hed
Author : Patricia A. McKillip
Reading Dates : 18 May - 20 May 2010

The Riddle-master's Game (Fantasy Masterworks)
The Riddle-Master's Game Trilogy. The Riddle-Master of Hed is the 1st book in Patricia A. McKillip's The Riddle-Master's Game trilogy. The books in the trilogy include :
  • The Riddle-Master of Hed
  • Heir of Sea and Fire
  • Harpist in the Wind

Book Summary of The Riddle-Master of Hed.
Leaving the tiny, peaceful island of Hed to claim the bride he won, Morgon finds instead enemies trying to kill  him because of the stars written on his face. Attempting to solve the riddle of his destiny, the Prince of Hed finds himself crossing the realm of the High One and traveling further from Hed than any of her land-ruler ever has.

'Earth. Wind. The great war destroyed us. So we were promised a man of peace.' With these words and many more such puzzling hints, Morgon finds himself the unwilling participant of a destiny written more than a thousand years before his own birth. A destiny that started with a long forgotten war which destroyed the Earth-Masters which ruled the realm before any of the land-rulers came to be.

Hoping that the High One who is also the last of the Earth-Masters will have the answers, Morgon travels with Deth to Erlenstar Mountain. All he finds is instead betrayal and despair.

Book Review of The Riddle-Master of Hed.
I've lost count of the number of times I've read The Riddle-Master of Hed, but I do know I fall in love with the book every time I read it. And every time, I promise myself I'll be reading more of Patricia A. McKillip in the future.

Reading The Riddle-Master of Hed is like reading a beautiful fairy tale. The world the story is set in is where a farmer challenges the ghost of a long-dead riddle-master and wins both a bride and a crown. One in which the men who inherits the rule of the land become a part of the very land itself. One in which the land-rulers unhesitatingly pledge all they have to help a stranger they have just met. One in which the knowledge and lessons of the past are taught through riddles. Both the world Morgon sees and the people he meets as he travels with Deth, the High One's Harpist, from Hed to Erlenstar Mountain are equally lovely that you can't help but wish to see it all again.

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  1. You really enjoy this book! It makes me want to check it out sometime.

  2. Wow! I always love to see someone love a book this much. The story line sounds very original. Thanks for letting me know of this one!

  3. This books sound very good. I am sure that I read it sometime in the past. I have the omnibus edition Riddle of Stars on my bookshelves. I'll have to read it again since you find the book so amazing. Happy reading!

  4. WOah, a Rererererereader? Sounds awesome. I will check it out!

  5. i agree the concept seems very different and refreshing thanks for the review :)

  6. I've never heard of it, but it sounds really interesting. I shall add it to my TBR list :) Great review!

  7. It's always great to read reviews of books people truly love!

    While this is not my normal genre of choice, I will be keeping a note of it to check out in the library! :)


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