The Tower at Stony Wood

The Tower at Stony Wood She saw the knight in the mirror at sunset During the wedding festivities of his king Cyan Dag a knight of Gloinmere is sought out by a mysterious bard and told a terrifying tale that the king has

  • Title: The Tower at Stony Wood
  • Author: Patricia A. McKillip
  • ISBN: 9780441008292
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • She saw the knight in the mirror at sunset During the wedding festivities of his king, Cyan Dag, a knight of Gloinmere, is sought out by a mysterious bard and told a terrifying tale that the king has married a false queen a lie cloaked in ancient and powerful sorcery Spurred on by his steadfast honor and loyalty, Cyan departs on a dangerous quest to rescue the real queenShe saw the knight in the mirror at sunset During the wedding festivities of his king, Cyan Dag, a knight of Gloinmere, is sought out by a mysterious bard and told a terrifying tale that the king has married a false queen a lie cloaked in ancient and powerful sorcery Spurred on by his steadfast honor and loyalty, Cyan departs on a dangerous quest to rescue the real queen from her tower prison, to prevent war, and to awaken magic in a land that has lost its way

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    • Patricia A. McKillip

      Patricia Anne McKillip is an American author of fantasy and science fiction novels, distinguished by lyrical, delicate prose and careful attention to detail and characterization She is a past winner of the World Fantasy Award and Locus Award, and she lives in Oregon Most of her recent novels have cover paintings by Kinuko Y Craft She is married to David Lunde, a poet.According to Fantasy Book Review, Patricia McKillip grew up in Oregon, England, and Germany, and received a Bachelor of Arts English in 1971 and a Master of Arts in 1973 from San Jose State University.McKillip s stories usually take place in a setting similar to the Middle Ages There are forests, castles, and lords or kings, minstrels, tinkers and wizards Her writing usually puts her characters in situations involving mysterious powers that they don t understand Many of her characters aren t even sure of their own ancestry Music often plays an important role Love between family members is also important in McKillip s writing, although members of her families often disagree.

    599 thoughts on “The Tower at Stony Wood

    • In adventurous stories, there often happens to be this character who knows what’s going on. They’re the one who dribbles out confusing riddles to the hero just as he needs them, and no more. The one who could just tell everybody the big plot secret but won’t, because if that happened the characters could just resolve the story’s conflict and go home. These characters seem to take a perverse enjoyment of their job, reveling in the “Nyah, nyah, I know something you don’t know!” Such [...]

    • First, let me say that I love Patricia McKillip's writing. I love the way she uses words and somehow manages to make every sentence lovely. And I love the way she often weaves familiar myths and stories into something entirely new.That said, I really wanted to love this book. There was something of The Lady of Shalott in it: a woman trapped in a tower, embroidering (or weaving) what she sees in her mirror, but unable to look at the world or leave her tower without dying. I was excited to see wha [...]

    • by Patricia McKillipOpening line--"She saw the knight in the mirror at sunset."The first time I read this, a few years ago, I remember expecting a re-telling of "The Lady of Shalott" and not getting it and being somewhat put off by this. On this re-read, I didn't have that expectation and therefore was able to just enjoy the story. And really, McKillip does a fantastic job. It's not a re-telling of "The Lady of Shalott" at all, except for a few little moments where it echoes Tennyson just slight [...]

    • There are some Patricia A. McKillip books, the ones with the gorgeous Kinuko Craft covers, that don't have a summary on the back. This used to bother me because how was I going to know if I wanted to read it if I didn't know what it was about? But now, after reading Winter Rose and The Tower at Stony Wood, I understand that it is futile to try to summarize these books. Much as we may wish otherwise, we mere mortals are foreign to Fantasyland, we don't belong there, and we depend on the rare gift [...]

    • This is Patricia McKillip at her most dream-like. . . the prose is lyrical and winds its way through the story, the characters border are more mythic than realistic, and the plot sacrifices rational logic for the logic of fairy tales. Her novels are soap bubbles, frothy and delicate but with magical colors and lights sparking out of them at unexpected moments. This particular novel does not resonate with me quite as strongly as The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, The Sorceress and the Cygnet, or Alphab [...]

    • Yes,I'm a McKillip fan--I've read almost everything she's ever written. Yes, I've read "The Lady of Shalott" by Tennyson long ago and am familiar with the Pre-Raphaelite paintings about it. Yes, I know Loreena McKinnitt's version. Yes, I like textiles--I sew, quilt, knit. Yes, I sometimes get so caught up in a project that I put dvd after dvd in the player and knit all bloody day. But for God's sake, I know better than to imagine that an extended plot where I freaking knit all day is going to be [...]

    • As usual, McKillip's prose is complex, silky, elaborate, and fascinating. Her carefully embroidered and jeweled worlds are a masterpiece in minature. Also as usual, nothing is what it seems-- or that, either. The labyrinthine Escher plot loops around and around itself, circling through time and space in a Arthurian-style country where magic, selkies, embroidery, and baking twine around love, loyalty and honor. The book starts out straightforward enough, hearkening to Tennyson's Lady of Shallot b [...]

    • I love Patricia McKillip. She is what she she describes her bards to be. She weaves magic with words. Initially I loved this book because it seemed to be Christabel and The Lady of Shallot combined. I was in seventh heaven. Until the Northern King came. And Sel. And the others. Too much. The northern kings story and that of Sel could have been a separate novel altogether. And why was the bard so un-bard like? She was manipulative and unnecessarily so. The first novel of Mc Killip so far that I h [...]

    • This book was beautiful and twisting, and the author showed evil and dread very well. But it was a very difficult book to read, too. The language was lovely yet somehow inaccessible, like looking through a frosted mirror. I had a hard time understanding the meanings of sentences sometimes.That doesn't make much sense, and it's hard to describe. I haven't read anything like it. Like a Magic Eye picture where you have to suspend your disbelief and feel for the meaning instinctually instead of rely [...]

    • This book was hard to follow, and left me confused. I usually like her books, but this one missed the mark for me.

    • I enjoyed this book very much. I don't think it's the authors best book, but nonetheless it was quite a good read. This author is so good at immediately pulling the reader into the atmosphere of her story. I love the fairy tale feeling that her books invoke. Her writing style is unique and when I started reading McKillip's books I found it somewhat difficult to understand what was sometimes happening in the story. I liked all of the side characters. And I liked the conclusion although I would ha [...]

    • This is characteristic McKillip--rich prose, numinous swirled with everyday life, a fascination with stories and how they shape us--and yet I think everything it does, a different work of McKillip does better. Worth reading if you're looking for "more, like that," but not an exemplar of her work. I think I would have loved it better had it focused more deeply on Sel and Melanthros; the men of Ysse and their plight never really came alive for me.

    • This story confused and sometimes annoyed me. I normally like this author's books, but with The Tower At Stony Wood she was just too vague. The language was still pretty in places, but the plot and characters were "meh" most of the time.

    • Me pareció adorable la prosa. Lamentablemente mi inglés no es tan rico como para entender las ideas descriptivas. Es decir, me perdí en el camino.

    • After having this book and it's gorgeous cover haunt my shelf and memory for years, I finally picked it up and read it all the way through. I won't lie: it was hard going for a while. Its beautiful and haunting but its also very difficult to understand without giving it your undivided attention. It forces you to spellbind yourself, because otherwise you can not appreciate it. There is much of it that is straightforward, but then the rest of it is layered in lyrical and abstract magic so that I o [...]

    • I don't have very much to say about The Tower at Stony Wood that I haven't already said about all of the other books I've read by Patricia A. McKillip. Beautiful language, very fairytale-esque, lovely imagery. It didn't really stand out to me in any way, unlike The Bell at Sealey Head which as you may remember I found quite fresh and interesting.I read this one because I couldn't find any of the books on my reading list at the library and I didn't have time to browse the shelves so I just went l [...]

    • The Bard of Sky, "old as the world", white hair rippling "down her back, almost to her knees" p 10, tells Cyan Dag, knight of Yves, Gloinmere, good friend of King Regis Aurum, that Melanthos, the true Queen of Skye, is trapped in a tower wrapped by a dragon. Regis' new bride really has "six fingered hands" p 19, feet "scaled like a fish or a snake" p 19. Cyan has no possessions, shares love with singer Cria, whose father betrothes her to a rich knight. She sends Thayne of Ysse, North Islands, fo [...]

    • Cyan Dag is a knight of Regis Aurum, King of Yves, and high in his favor through saving his life. But when the king returns with his bride, Cyan sees a dangerous, magical woman, and learns that the true bride is prisoner in a tower, where she can not look out without dying.Thayne Ysse's brother was crippled in their last fight with Regis Aurum, and his father has gone mad, calling Thayne by the name of his own brother, and trying to persuade Thayne to go to a dragon's towers and get the gold to [...]

    • Three stars because of a couple of characters. A more accurate title would have been The Towers as Stony Wood, since you realize there is more than one tower involved in this story, and it's sometimes frustrating following the knight on his quest only to find out that—surprise!—it's not this tower! It's another one!I liked Cyan Dag, the knight on his quest to find the lost queen of Gloinmere. Good character who is genuinely decent and one you can trust. Craiche of Ysse is also interesting, a [...]

    • I picked this one up because I remember reading her "Magical Beasts of Eld" a number of years ago and loving it. I liked this book too, but not as much as some others on this list. Without trying to write a spoiler, let me just say I found the dual identities and manipulations of the characters rather confusing by the end. Other than that, it was very beautifully written, and family-friendly. One thing I must say I liked about this book is that one of the characters (not the main one) who made a [...]

    • Very very very loosely associated with the poem The Lady of Shallot. I guess I was expecting more of that story to be a bigger part of this one, especially given the dedication. Either way, it was engaging at first and like others have said a little drawn out in the middle and towards the end you're thinking "NO! Please not another digression story!" or, at least that's what I thought. It didn't necessarily flow terrifically but I think that was the intent to experience similar confusion as the [...]

    • The Tower at Stony Wood is a beautiful written fairy tale. It is about a knight that is sent on a quest to save a lady in a tower. But there are many magical towers in the land and during his quest to save the mysterious lady he finds a castle full of gold guarded by a dragon and another with a older woman and her daughter that are creating mysterious cloth and needlework as they observe the outside world in a magical mirror. The story of his quest and the magical castles eventually come togethe [...]

    • I love the way Patricia McKillip writes. It's lyrical, almost like poetry. Sometimes that fails, making the story so dense and understated that it's hard to follow. Not with this story. She weaves three towers and three separate storylines into a seamless whole. Melanthos sits in a tower watching a magic mirror and embroidering what she sees. Cyan Dag, a knight, rides to rescue the true lady of Skye and queen of Yves from a magic tower. Thayne Ysse wants revenge on the king of Yves for maiming h [...]

    • I think I'm learning that you really shouldn't read all of McKillip's books at one time.This book was good, but I felt like it suffered from some of the same flaws as In the Forests of Serre. The characters never quite gelled, and some parts of the storyline were a bit incomprehensible. There was, however, one particular story line (the baker and her knitting) that I did enjoy very much.And I did enjoy the book! It just wasn't as good of some of her others, and I was confused a lot.

    • Eh, it was okay. Plot was confusing and sometimes a little precious. I'm glad I read it because there were some really stunningly beautiful passages, especially whenever McKillip lingered in the seaside village that I'm pretty sure was called Stony Wood. This book is full of doubling and tripling and illusions and multiple identities and it all became pretty difficult to follow. Maybe I'm just easily distracted. I'd recommend The Tower at Stony Wood if you're happy to just be enchanted by really [...]

    • A semi-surreal, poetic fantasy novel about Cyan Dag of Yves, a knight who goes on a quest to rescue his king's true bride from a faraway tower in the mystical land of Skye. Along the way, his destiny crosses with those of Thayne Ysse, the Lord of Ysse, a vassal state to Yves made up of islands in the north; and Sel, a woman of Skye with long-forgotten secrets.There were a couple of points at which this novel blended actual events with dreams and surreality too much for me to understand what was [...]

    • This book is very dreamy and sometimes disconnected. At first I had trouble absorbing what was going on, telling the difference between the imagery and actual events. There is a sense that all the disparate elements are familiar enough that you ought to be able to predict what will happen, but events twist just enough to set you on your ear. Not to the extent of something like the three pigs tormenting the wolf - that would be subversive and by this point, expected - but these characters are com [...]

    • This definitely jumped the path from fantasy fiction to fairy tale, and it did it in the most convoluted hallucinatory way possible. There is nothing wrong with this. (and I've often wondered if the people who find themselves in the middle of such a jungian situation often wonder if they ARE having an episode) The story winds around itself, and there are so many things in the prose and imagery, that in all honesty this takes the 'Lady of Shallott' not only to the next level, but to the next plan [...]

    • I found this book confusing and I almost didn't finish it. However, I'm glad I did because after the fact, as I think about it, I see things I should remember. I guess the thing that hit me most, afterwards, was that if we look at the big picture it can be daunting. If we break it down into smaller, doable parts, bigger things happen. Also, we need to focus on the here and now; that we can get lost if we focus too far ahead. Not sure if that makes sense. (Which is just about how I felt about the [...]

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