The Book of Atrix Wolfe - WikipediaThe award winning Patricia A. McKillip is one of the prominent authors within fantasy fiction, but whereas notable masters of the genre like J. Tolkien and George R. The Book of Atrix Wolfe can in many respects be likened to the detailed and colourful tapestries of the late medieval period, where vividly archaic figures of humans, animals and mythological creatures are intertwined with a myriad of organic ornamentation. Supported by a wonderfully lyrical and sensuous prose, the McKillip weaves an evocative and enchanting narrative composed by motifs and themes from myth and fairy tale fx the Wild Hunt, the Horned Hunter, the Faerie Queen that she elegantly re-orders and re-interprets into something entirely unique. The story opens on a snow-covered battlefield where the martial king of Kardeth lays siege to the seat of the king of Pelucir. One night the famous mage Atrix Wolfe wanders into the army camp hoping to persuade Riven of Kardeth to end the war in order to save his own country, the neighbouring Chaumenard.
The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia A. McKillip Review
Patricia A. But I find something irresistibly romantic about the concept of an immortal, summertime faery-wood that exists alongside our own world, populated by powerful, beautiful beings. The Book of Atrix Wolfe is a fairy tale, one for adults, in which the dangers are dark indeed, and the rewards are delicious. Atrix Wolfe is the legendary wizard of Chaumenard, a wise man, shape-changer and teacher. When the keep of Pelucir is besieged by the armies of Kardeth, Wolfe casts a spell to end the hated war. In his anger he creates something more terrible than war, a Hunter whose essence seems to be siege distilled: fear, cold, famine, death. The Hunter not only ends the war and destroys the army of Kardeth, it also murders the king of Pelucir before disappearing.
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McKillip , published in For twenty years, Atrix Wolfe has turned his back on his magic to live with the wolves in the mountains. A powerful mage , twenty years ago Atrix Wolfe turned the King of the Wood into a terrible Hunter in order to force the invading Kardeth army, which threatened the kingdoms of Pelucir and Chaumenard, to retreat. The Hunter massacred not only the invaders, but the Pelucir forces as well, including the king. During the creation of the Hunter, the daughter of the King and Queen of the Wood, Saro pronounced the same as "sorrow", a term which is a recurring motif of the book , disappeared. Talis, the prince of Pelucir, is attending mage's school at Chaumenard when he discovers a book by an unknown author. Though it is only a beginner's spellbook, he is strangely fascinated by it and takes it with him when his brother Burne, the king, summons him back to Pelucir.