Summary

The newest novel from the World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Bell at Sealey Head. With "her exquisite grasp of the fantasist's craft" (Publishers Weekly), Patricia A. McKillip now invites readers to discover a place that may only exist in the mystical wisdom of poetry and music.
Scholar Phelan Cle is researching Bone Plain - which has been studied for the last 500 years, though no one has been able to locate it as a real place. Archaeologist Jonah Cle, Phelan's father, is also hunting through time, piecing history together from forgotten trinkets. His most eager disciple is Princess Beatrice, the king's youngest daughter. When they unearth a disk marked with ancient runes, Beatrice pursues the secrets of a lost language that she suddenly notices all around her, hidden in plain sight.
©2010 Patricia A. McKillip (P)2010 Audible, Inc
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"The Bards of Bone Plain is another McKillip novel that leaves the reader in awe. It’s a gorgeous story that celebrates the power of music, language, and love." (FantasyLiterature.com)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Beth on 23-05-11

Wonderful, evocative fantasy

I loved the story. McKillip's remarkable characterizations and her elegant use of language work very well to evoke a world. Her deft handling of archetypal characters and fantasy literature tropes neatly avoided predictability, while managing to resonate on many different levels (as the best fantasy should).

I liked the idea of two narrators, but I wanted to hear more from Charlotte Parry -- and maybe less from Marc Vietor. They both turned in satisfactory performances, but for a gem of a book, like this one, I was hoping for something well beyond adequate.

All in all, The Bards of Bone Plain is a good read/listen which I recommend to any fantasy lover.

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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 30-12-10

The Bards of Bone Plain

Very good. I've read multiple of the authors books, and I would rate this as slightly worse than the Riddle-Master Trilogy and slightly better than Ombria in Shadow, which I had previously considered to be her two best stories. Excellent narrator. Is set in a Victorian setting, has themes of archaeology, music, magic letters, and harping. Also has steam powered cars. I'd recommend this to a friend.

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