The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

A leather-bound book. Weathered, yellowed heavy paper. A careful handwritten script.
A fireplace. A glass of wine.
A stiff-backed, heavy, scarlet chair. A rug so thick you can barely see your toes.
Snow falling outside, magicking everything white.

All this. Any of this would have been the perfect way to read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, and not the way I did, snatched in bits and pieces on my iPhone. Convenient yes but just so so lacking in atmosphere, in texture, in feeling.

Because this is such a magical book. An ice queen hidden in the mountains surrounded by mythical creatures kind of magic. Witchcraft and Darkness kind of magic. For she calls them with their true name and they come. How very Ged-like.

It is a fairytale, a love story, a song of strength and power.

Its sense of antiquity begs to be given the proper treatment. To be read under the stars, by candlelight, in a tome that is passed down from generation to generation.

My reread (with many more to come) shall definitely be on the printed page. On a cold mountain. With tendrils of mist caressing each page…

A book to read today, tomorrow and ever after.

This is my first read for Once Upon a Time VI  (here’s the review page)


  1. This was such a fantastic book. I love the way that McKillip can create such a lovely fairy-tale atmosphere. The Liralen was awesome.


  2. I haven’t read anything of hers, but I’m definitely intrigued.
    I’m still sorting out what to read and how, being relatively new to both audio and e-reading myself, so I’m still figuring out which sorts of books lend themselves to various interactions for me as a reader; I can see where this one might be all-the-more-enjoyable in print.


  3. This is the book that introduced me to Patricia McKillip and I liked it a lot.
    I read Winter Rose later and liked it as well. I want to read Solsitce Wood for Once Upon aTime.


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