"deep character driven modern day fantasy"
Gram calls bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn to come home as
Grandpa Liam just died after wandering outside in the cold
night of mountainous Upstate New York. Her lover Madison
offers to accompany her, but Sylvia says no. Sylvia returns
to Lynn Hall the same day that Gram beckoned her to come
home with all intentions to flee as soon as she can.
However, as if she never left, the dilapidated house, the
forest and the nearby supernatural creatures seduce Sylvia
trying to entice her to stay. Gram introduces Sylvia to the
sewing club members of the Fiber Guild, women who meet
monthly to insure that the magical barricade that keeps
Lynn Hall from the deadly Fay remains in tact. However, the
magical barrier is showing signs of wear and tear, which
places Sylvia, a hybrid offspring of two worlds, yanked
from both sides who feel she is the key to victory over the
hated abominations on the other side of the barrier.
Returning to the landscape of the classic WINTER ROSE,
Patricia A. McKillip provides a deep character driven
modern day fantasy that stars a harassed heroine who just
wants to leave town as she has never understood why her
Gram watches her like a hawk observes its prey. The action-
packed story hooks genre fans from the moment that Sylvia
knows Gram is calling her before picking up her phone from
across the country and never slows down through several
brilliant twists that will bring accolades to this dazzling
author. A stand alone novel, readers will want to peruse
this tale and its award winning precedent.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted April 25, 2006
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007