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Alphabet of Thorn de Patricia A. McKillip
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Alphabet of Thorn (original: 2004; edição: 2005)

de Patricia A. McKillip (Autor)

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1,1694412,862 (4.19)1 / 103
Fairytale of wonder and magic where an orphan girl is haunted by thorns, a reluctant queen rules between sea and sky and epics never end.
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Título:Alphabet of Thorn
Autores:Patricia A. McKillip (Autor)
Informação:Ace (2005), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:kick-ass-heroines, best-book-ever, lady-rogue

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Alphabet of Thorn de Patricia A. McKillip (Author) (2004)

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I've enjoyed many of Patricia McKillop's books, but I think this one is my favorites. A sweet not-too-long tale about a kingdom, a new queen, mages, a scribe and a book.

Maybe it was the edition of the scribes and a library in the story that did it for me. I liked this world that Patricia created and had to leave it too soon. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
sorcerer's daughter is key to danger to 12 crowns as novice librarian
  ritaer | Jul 10, 2021 |
This was a pretty good read. It was short but the characters were all awesome (though their were too much of them in my opinion). The sheer number of them was really unnecessary and confusing and annoying, but surprisingly the book was still interesting. It was amazing that she could do so much in so few pages. The ending was also wonderfully sweet.

The only thing that really put me off was that Nepenthe is described as having dark skin (her skin stays "hazelnut" coloured though she hardly ever goes outside) but the girl on the front and back covers is really white. This isn't a fault of McKillip's necessarily because the publisher and artist had that job but it still really upset me. ( )
  Isana | Jul 7, 2020 |
McKillip's best

I love Patricia McKillip's fantasy novels, meandering and mesmerizing stories of people enmeshed in magic, but this one is my favorite. The love of language is part of it, and so are the intertwined stories of Tessera, Nepenthe, and Kane. It's worth a retread every few years. ( )
  dmturner | Jun 29, 2020 |
Well-loved Sci-Fi/Fantasy author Patricia A. McKillip released this book in 2005. Alphabet of Thorn is a story about the magic of words, about obsession, and about love.

An orphan has been raised by the librarians of a great castle. At sixteen, through her job as translator, the magic of a book tangles her life with that of the young queen and others of the realm. This history written in a language of thorns unveils secrets that will change everything.

The story is reminiscent of Arthurian tales, and Le Guin, with a touch of Harry Potter.

Soon after I began reading, I felt a fondness for the author. Her language is beautiful, but I found the strange word order and her use of pronouns confusing. As this is the first book of McKillip’s I’ve read, I’m not sure if she wrote this way on purpose or not. The story does, after all, center on a brambly language.

I like McKillip’s patterns of thought, and the timing of her plot elements. Plenty of well-paced hints lit the way to the outcome. There are gems among her phrases, and interesting metaphors such as the enormity of night with its eye at the window, spying on comfort and fragile peace.

My favorite line is, “. . .even in the long, tumultuous history of Raine, the rulers had never had to go to war with their librarians.”

The final chapter or two make me feel that the author was already busy in her mind with her next book. The structure is there, but primary characters have oddly melted away and the writing has lost its flow. There is a beautiful resolution, but it was a tricky one that needed a little more care to make someone’s transition believable.

I've blogged about my process in creating this review. https://habyrd.com/ Baby Sees Its Shadow For The First Time, Again. ( )
  H.A.Byrd | Jun 18, 2020 |
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McKillip, Patricia A.Autorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Craft, Kinuko Y.Artista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Murello, JudithDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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