Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip
The Bards of Bone Plainmay very well replace Alphabet Of Thornas my favorite McKillip novel. It contains many of the elements from previous books -- bards, unconventional young women, conquering armies, magic tied to the land, mysterious characters out of myth -- and combines them into one enthralling tale. As with most of her writing, McKillip is a little weak in characterization and there can be a sameness to her world-building, but her language and stories more than make up for it. This one, about a reluctant scholar trying to learn the truth of an ancient and dangerous bardic contest (and so much more), is no exception.