[PDF] ✓ Free Read ☆ Solstice Wood : by Patricia A. McKillip ↠

By Patricia A. McKillip | Comments: ( 257 ) | Date: ( Feb 24, 2020 )

The World Fantasy Award winning author s foray into the modern world now in paperback.No stranger to the realms of myth and magic, World Fantasy Award winning author Patricia A McKillip presents her first contemporary fantasy in many years a tale of the tangled lives mere mortals lead, when they turn their eyes from the beauty and mystery that lie just outside of the everThe World Fantasy Award winning author s foray into the modern world now in paperback.No stranger to the realms of myth and magic, World Fantasy Award winning author Patricia A McKillip presents her first contemporary fantasy in many years a tale of the tangled lives mere mortals lead, when they turn their eyes from the beauty and mystery that lie just outside of the everydayWhen bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn returns to her childhood home in upstate New York, she meets the Fiber Guild a group of local women who meet to knit, embroider, and sew and learns why her grandmother watches her so closely A primitive power exists in the forest, a force the Fiber Guild seeks to bind in its stitches and weavings And Sylvia is no stranger to the woods

  • Title: Solstice Wood
  • Author: Patricia A. McKillip
  • ISBN: 9780441014651
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

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.

Comments Solstice Wood

  • Michelle Morrell

    Well, this was a lovely book. Standing on the fine line between our world and the land of faerie, a home and its guardians sew confines on all the potential crossing points, expecting protection but actually walling themselves in as well as the enchantment out. A story of family and magic and hot fae in the woods.It was optimistic and soothing and full of fiber arts, a particular love of mine. Crocheting spells to weave magic boundaries? A coven built on yarn and fellowship? Yes, please and than [...]

  • Res

    The one where Sylvia's grandfather dies and her grandmother calls her home to a house that's a gate between two worlds.There's the germ of something wonderful here, and it all clusters around Iris, the grandmother, and her Fiber Guild. Everything in Iris' POV, everything about the Fiber Guild, I loved. The changeling was also wonderful, with a truly alien mind. But I can't recommend this one.Part of the problem was the plot's dependence on things I just didn't believe. The human antagonist was c [...]

  • Margaret

    This is my second time reading this, which is a sequel to Winter Rose. The first time, I hadn't read Winter Rose in a couple of years and so couldn't directly compare them, and I felt as though Solstice Wood stood up reasonably well.This time, I read them back to back, and oh dear, I thought Winter Rose was much better and didn't like Solstice Wood as much.The problem, I think, is the disjunct between the styles and the settings. They're both first person, but Winter Rose has only one narrator, [...]

  • Sarah Bringhurst

    As you can see by the star rating, this book did not impress me much. Which is pretty sad, considering that it's the sequel to Winter Rose, my favorite book for years and years. It was in fact the book I read out loud to my husband when we were first married so that he could truly understand me. (I'm not the only one who does this, right? I mean, it's the obvious next step in a relationship after thoroughly perusing one another's bookshelves) Unfortunately, where Winter Rose is subtle, poetic, a [...]

  • Wealhtheow

    Here's my review from June 2007:"Bookshop owner Sylvia returns to the family home she's avoided since she was a teen. Confronted with her loving family once more, Sylvia begins to realize that her grandmother is much more than she seems--and that the local sewing circle is far more powerful than she ever dreamed. Their stitches protect the human world from encroachment by the faery world. But when Sylvia's cousin is kidnapped by the fey, she is forced to confront her own prejudices. This is a mu [...]

  • Kerry

    What a beautiful, lovely book. Solstice Wood is a wonderful blend of the mundane and the mystical, all tied up through misunderstanding.Two worlds collided badly in McKillip's Winter Rose and in this book, generations later the reverberations of that are still present. After Rois Melior won Corbett Lynn back from the queen of the winter wood, spells and guardians were put in place to keep the wood folk away and contained.If you follow tradition and the path set down by your forebears, is there e [...]

  • Whitney

    The multiple 1st person POV was done very poorly in this book. The characters' voices all sounded the same (yes, several of them are related to each other, so this could be understandable), so I would have trouble remembering whose chapter I was on if I stopped reading in the middle of it.

  • Lila

    This book was a very enjoyable read! It would be better appreciated by first reading Winter Rose. Set in contemporary times, Sylvia Lynn, the great, great,great granddaughter of Winter Rose's protagonist Rois Melior returns to her childhood home, Lynn Hall after living away for many years. Lynn Hall still is a portal to Faerie and the woods surrounding it are still inhabited by mysterious forces. Since the time of Rois Melior, the local women have learned to bind the forces and close the portals [...]

  • Nikki

    Solstice Wood is a loose sequel to Winter Rose, set a few generations later in the same place. That gives it a really weird feel, because it’s very much rooted in place and time, while Winter Rose could be almost anywhere, anywhen. I don’t really remember the same concrete sense of place about Winter Rose at all; perhaps because half of it was spent in the other world, but still. That felt untethered in time, and this really isn’t — planes, phones, worrying about reception. It feels real [...]

  • Jenny

    Solstice Wood is the sequal (of sorts) to Winter Rose, published ten years before. Rois and Corbet Lynn's decendants still live in Lynn Hall, and have taken upon themselves to block off the gateways between the human and faerie worlds, to keep the malicious Queen of the Wood from ensnaring and destroying any more people. But when Liam Lynn dies, his granddaughter Sylvia, as heir to Lynn Hall, is forced to come back and face the wood she'd been running from all her life. And when she gets there, [...]

  • Susana

    Reading a Patricia Mckillip's book, is as close as i will ever get, of enjoying poetry.As always, i felt like the author words, took a life of their own, ensnaring me in them.I really liked the different narrators perspectives. For me that gave another fluidity to the story which i loved. There were parts of it, where, i couldn't help myself but reading them out loud. The images, and words were so strong, that i felt that they just had to be spoken. This is a story about rethinking the past, and [...]

  • Christine

    I can see now why Patricia McKillip is so popular and has won awards. Her writing puts you right in the scene. Its very descriptive without going overboard. Because this book had so much to do with nature, her descriptions played an important role in the story. I did not read the previous book, Winter Rose, which started this series. That did not seem to matter. I am curious why there was ten years between books. I felt there should have been more but maybe there will be another, hopefully in le [...]

  • Grace

    Patricia McKillip is a goddess!! She is my all time favorite author, and I adore all of the recent stand-alone books she's written. Most of her books are written in a place out of time, a sort of fairy tale setting (and are written in a prose poetry style that only she can do so well). This is the first foray I've read of hers into a modern, urban fantasy setting. And boy does she do it well!!An outstanding book by McKillip.

  • Hesper

    I preferred it when this whole business unfolded in some vague and entirely generic Western European fantasy setting. Placing the sequel, and the events of Winter Rose as well, in upstate New York, making history and prejudice central themes, then proceeding to have nothing but British Isles folklore as the fantasy element is just awkward. At best. It felt incredibly myopic, tbh. The best parts, as usual, are McKillip's handling of magic and her clear, often lyrical prose.

  • Linda Ciletti

    I usually have problems reading first person (a personal preference), but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story about two worlds (human and fae) separated by fear and the intricate stitches of the Fiber Guild. The prose and vocabulary are wonderful and the characters interesting. I especially liked the changeling, whose character stood out from the rest. I'm a little perplexed about who returned at the end, but all in all, a good read.

  • Rebecca

    This book reads as a stand-alone title--I had no sense that it was part of a series. Yet this is not McKillip's best work. The constantly changing narrator doesn't suit this story because the reader doesn't really get to know these characters well enough to tell the difference between their voice (other than the heading at the beginning of each chapter). Maybe that means that the character development was weak? I also was challenged with this old-world fairy story being set in upstate New York. [...]

  • Adela Bezemer-Cleverley

    Maybe, maybe not.Maybe the figures you think you see in the woods beyond Lynn Hall are real, maybe not. Maybe all those fay creatures that you try to contain with your stitches and your quilts are as meddlesome and evil as you have been taught, or maybe not. Maybe your granddaughter will sell the Hall to the greedy little man to turn into a magical theme park, or maybe she will embrace her Other side and return to dwell between the mountains where she belongs.I love McKillip's writing, as anyone [...]

  • Laura

    I went to the library planning to get Forgotten Beasts of Eld but it was checked out. I chose this because I was interested to read a McKillip book set in modern times. For the first few pages, I thought it was a mistake. There was a flash, a dissonance that just wasn't working. But, it quickly found its footing and McKillip's magic took root, even among bars, cell phones and battered pickup trucks. I really enjoyed this book!

  • Kathy Davie

    Second in the contemporary Winter Rose fantasy series. I suspect you should read Winter Rose before this oneIn 2007, Solstice Wood won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.My TakeShades of Charles de Lint! I haven't read much McKillip yet and Solstice Wood seems very unlike what I've read so far…more Charles de Lint than anything.It's a fascinating story of a "war" between the fey and humanity which culminates when Sylvia has to return home for her grandfather's funeral. Secrets w [...]

  • Amy

    Setting/World Building: 5/5Main Character: 3/5 (Loved Syl and Iris, not so much Owen and Tyler)Other Characters: 4/5Plot: 4/5Writing: 4/5Triggering/Issues: 5/5 (None)AVERAGED TOTAL: 4.1 out of 5, rounded to 4.Yet again, another beautiful story by Patricia McKillip. This book is apparently the sequel to another book, which I didn't know right away. You can read it without having read the first one, though, it takes place generations in the future. Overall this book grew on me. It took awhile at f [...]

  • Ryan

    I've only read one other book by Patricia A. McKillip, though I wished I could remember the name of it, but she now has a fan for life. She is such a lyrically beautiful writer, every word is sacred and every scene in the book is lovingly set for the reader to enjoy. This is a haunting book of family secrets and longing for a place to call home, it just so happens to be set in a old country manor surrounded by woods that holds it's own secrets.I don't want to get into too much detail about Sylvi [...]

  • Rosemarie

    I don't know that this is a book I would have purchased, but I came across it in the library and thought it looked good enough to try.It started out a bit iffy - it was strange and dark for my taste, but I'm glad I stuck with it because it did get better and I actually liked the ending.Nowhere on the book does it say that it's the sequel to "Winter Rose." I only found that out here on . I guess you really don't need to have read that book to enjoy this but maybe that's part of the reason the boo [...]

  • Kathleen Dixon

    I found this book because I was doing a search to find a book to fill a challenge requirement (I do love these challenges I've found in the 2 groups I belong to on GoodReads). The specific requirement was to read a book that involved my favourite hobby, so I searched the library website for crochet + novel. This was one of the selection I was given, and when I read the blurb I discovered it was also a fantasy - there was a good chance that I'd enjoy this book. And I did.Sylvia left her hometown [...]

  • Lia

    So, normally I don't like McKillip. Too much ungrounded metaphor, too much dream-confusion, too much over-writing, etc. But this book is different. It's written as a tale that takes place right now. There are lots of characters with dyed hair or piercings or both. And cell phones. There is some really good stuff about women making magic with the way they tend the world in normal, everyday tasks. But, what I really liked about this book was how it looked at ancient prejudice and how and why we do [...]

  • Angela

    Solstice Wood is Patricia McKillip's first contemporary fantasy. I can't call it urban, since the setting is decidedly rural and since the pacing and flavor of it is not at all like most current urban fantasy novels. It's subtler and quieter, with some quite lyrical magic in its words, enough to remind any avid fantasy reader that oh yes this is why we read this stuff: because the world of the fay, the world of Other, is full of magic. McKillip does an excellent job keeping that magic flowing th [...]

  • Meredith

    Patricia McKillip is one of my favorite authors. I enjoy everything she's written, including this novel. However, it wasn't my favorite; I kept wishing I were reading Winter Rose instead, of which this is a semi-sequel.Sylvia's grandfather dies, and she's called back to her family home (the same house in Winter Rose but many centuries later) by the matriarch of the family, her grandmother Iris. Sylvia has a secret that's haunted her all her life, but she soon discovers that everyone around her i [...]

  • Rachel

    This was a quick, enjoyable re-read. It's another wonderful McKillip book, but this one doesn't quite hit the full range or potential that McKillip can do. Sylvia returns home when her grandfather, Liam, passes away. Her grandmother and her secretive Fiber Guild brings Sylvia into their world of bindings and stitchings, but she has a secret of her own.While interesting, this main weakness of this is the different POVs that the reader has to cycle through. I loved the bits with Grams - her coping [...]

  • Kerry

    In my opinion, The Solstice Wood was fairly well written, and certainly handled fae and changlings in the modern world a lot better than some other books I have read recently. I will say that alot of the story seemed to have a racial, why-can't-we-all-get-along sensibility to it. At it's core, the plot seemed to be centered around keeping the undesirables out of the neighborhood, and obsessing on the purity of other people's bloodlines based on a fear of the unknown and passed down prejudices wh [...]

  • Peejay Who Once Was Minsma

    Sylvia Lynn left her family years before, moving to a different coast to get away from the troubling aspects of her own past, and from the grandmother who raised her. Called home by the death of her beloved grandfather, she is drawn into the strange workings of the Fiber Guild, a group of magical women who literally stitch, knit, and crochet a web of protection around their little town. Sylvia must confront the dual nature of this protection, as well as her own duality, when she is forced to go [...]

  • Shonna Froebel

    This is an interesting look at the relationship between the "real" world and the world of faerie. Sylvia Lynn lives far from the small village that she grew up in, running a bookstore that she owns. When her grandmother, Iris, calls her to let her know her beloved grandfather has died, she returns. She reconnects with family and her best friend, and with the woods that she has always felt drawn to. It is only when she attends the Fiber Guild meeting hosting by her grandmother that she realizes t [...]

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