"Dreamlike . . . colorful . . . evocative." —Locus magazineStylistically rooted in fairy tale and mythology, imperceptible landscapes are explored in these opulent stories from a beloved fantasy icon. There are princesses dancing with dead suitors, a knight in love with an official of exotic lineage, and fortune’s fool stealing into the present instead of the future. In one mesmerizing tale, a time-traveling angel is forbidden to intervene in Cotton Mather’s religious ravings, while another narrative finds a wizard seduced in his youth by the Faerie Queen and returning the treasure that is rightfully hers. Bewitching, bittersweet, and deeply intoxicating, this collection draws elements from the fables of history and re-creates them in startlingly magical ways.
Reviews"A perfect encapsulation of fantasy writing at its most brave and beautiful." —www.io9.com
"A casket full of wonders. I think each one is my favorite, until I read the next. McKillip has the true Mythopoeic imagination. Here lies the border between our world and that of Faerie." —P. C. Hodgell, author of the Kencyrath series
"Cool elegance." —Chicago Sun-Times
"McKillip's is the first name that comes to mind when I'm asked whom I read myself." —Peter S. Beagle, author, The Last Unicorn
"This brilliant new collection puts on display the audacity, the warmth, the intelligence, and depth of [McKillip's] huge and magnificent talent." —Peter Straub, author, A Dark Matter and Ghost Story
"Endlessly astonishing and impressive fantasist McKillip (The Bards of Bone Plain) travels the shadowy twilight realm between worlds and returns with the raw stuff of dreams." —Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW - August 20, 2012)
"I loved all the stories in this collection. . . . Patricia Mckillip is a master at what she does. Strongly recommended." —Locus (September 2012)
"Mesmerizing. . . . Any collection of McKillip's short stories will be a valuable asset to any library and a joy to her many fans." —Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW - October 2012)
Author BiographyPatricia A. McKillip is the author of more than 30 fantasy novels including Harpist in the Wind, The Riddle Master of Hed, and The Sorceress and the Cygnet. She has received the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award three times, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award twice, and her short fiction has been anthologized in multiple volumes including Full Spectrum, The Green Man: Tales from the Mystic Forest, and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She lives in North Bend, Oregon.