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Solstice Wood [Reading] ➷ Solstice Wood By Patricia A. McKillip – Buyprobolan50.co.uk When bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn hears her grandmother's voice on the phone she knows she must finally return to her childhood home in upstate New York Her beloved grandfather has died and though she When bookstore owner Sylvia Lynn hears her grandmother's voice on the phone she knows she must finally return to her childhood home in upstate New York Her beloved grandfather has died and though she has put a country between her and the past the time has come for Sylvia to face the grandmother who raised her and the woods which so beguiled and frightened her Though Lynn Hall is nearly ramshackle Sylvia's grandmother is just as spry as ever There is no escaping her scrutiny and Sylvia has something to hide But it's not until she meets the Fiber Guild a group of local women who meet to knit embroider and sew that Sylvia learns why her grandmother watches her 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.

  • Hardcover
  • 278 pages
  • Solstice Wood
  • Patricia A. McKillip
  • English
  • 04 April 2015
  • 9780441013661

About the 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 poetAccording to Fantasy Book.



10 thoughts on “Solstice Wood

  1. Michelle Morrell Michelle Morrell says:

    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 woodsIt 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 thank you It's a gentle story of hope and growth and I am thrilled to realize there is a preuel that I must now go find

  2. Res Res says:

    The one where Sylvia's grandfather dies and her grandmother calls her home to a house that's a gate between two worldsThere'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 onePart of the problem was the plot's dependence on things I just didn't believe The human antagonist was completely laughable; I never bought his threats for a moment And the plot reuired that the obvious answer to Sylvia's parentage never occur to Iris which I also didn't believe Second it was awfully tell y people spent an awful lot of time telling each other about the things they felt whether that was in character or notAnd part of my problem was the Mary Sue Specialness of everything in the book On page 1 Sylvia wakes up in bed with a guy with purple eyes and it just gets worse from there; nobody has short hair or eyes of a normal color or an ordinary demographically plausible name

  3. Margaret Margaret says:

    This is my second time reading this which is a seuel 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 wellThis time I read them back to back and oh dear I thought Winter Rose was much better and didn't like Solstice Wood as muchThe problem I think is the disjunct between the styles and the settings They're both first person but Winter Rose has only one narrator while Solstice Wood has five McKillip distinguishes their voices well so I never lost track of who was speaking but at the same time I never got to know any of them as well as I did Rois in Winter Rose Winter Rose feels as though it's very much not set in our world but in a fantasy world McKillip has created Solstice Wood is very firmly set in upstate New York and so reading it back to back made the setting not work for me at all I just could not reconcile the two totally different settings in a way that made it believable that one had become the other even though years laterAs a book on its own Solstice Wood is an interesting look at how a community might deal with having another world in its woods As a seuel though it simply doesn't live up to its predecessorETA edited 4613 to fix idiotic author last name mistake

  4. Sarah Bringhurst Familia Sarah Bringhurst Familia says:

    As you can see by the star rating this book did not impress me much Which is pretty sad considering that it's the seuel 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 and literary Solstice Wood is well not Next time I'll skip the seuel and just read Winter Rose again instead

  5. Alyssa Nelson Alyssa Nelson says:

    Solstice Wood follows Winter Rose set several generations in the future with the main character being a distant descendant of Rois who was the main character in Winter Rose This book almost has the same feel as the first–very much set in nature and has a dreamy misty sort of atmosphere to it; however because it’s grounded in present day I think that it’s a lot easier to buy into right from the beginning than the first one is Sylvia comes home to go to her grandfather’s funeral and re discovers the place where she grows up a place that is haunted by stories of fae and magic and half fae childrenIt’s a story about self discovery and identity especially our identity in relation to our ancestors Sylvia knows that she’s half fae–half of the very type of being that her grandmother tries so hard to protect the town from and has a hard time with it because she doesn’t want to cause a disturbance but has a hard time being comfortable in her grandmother’s home because of it What Sylvia doesn’t realize is that the town has a lot of other secrets; a guild her grandmother runs that knits and crotchets and sews magic into the town to try to keep the fae out; other people who are just as fae as Sylvia; and those who are in love with fae people and who find ways around the boundaries that are sewn into the townIt’s an enjoyable book a bit slow paced but a really nice story overall We get the perspectives of Sylvia Sylvia’s grandmother and Sylvia’s cousin Watching how their stories intertwine into something bigger is a joy to read I also like how many parallels there are to the first book without being repetitive or redundant I really like McKillip’s take on the world of fae and how they workthink and I love how Rois’s experience has completely colored everything the town thinks and believes about the fae It’s a nice lesson on how one incidence can change an entire town for generations in terms of their beliefs and attitudesBecause I appreciated it so much in relation to the first one I’m not sure how enjoyable it would be without reading the first book While I think the story itself stands on its own the characters’ journey depends so much on the understanding of Rois’s experiences that I’m not sure how well it would translateI enjoyed this book a lot but like the first one I don’t think it’s for everyone It’s a slow and uiet story If you like fae stories you would probably enjoy thisAlso posted on Purple People Readers

  6. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    Here's my review from June 2007Bookshop owner Sylvia returns to the family home she's avoided since she was a teen Confronted with her loving family once Sylvia begins to realize that her grandmother is much than she seems and that the local sewing circle is far 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 much grounded book than McKillip's recent work which I likedI rated it four stars at the time but now I've reread it in 2014 and feel the need to knock my rating down I didn't realize this was a reread until I got 200 pages in when it started to feel faintly familiar I've probably read over a thousand books since I last read this but it's still not a good sign that I didn't remember pretty much anything from it The characters each have distinctive hair colors from ivory to flame to gold but somehow their POV chapters all blend together Which is not to say I liked nothing; McKillip has a way with words Everything made me want to cry But I couldn't; tears wouldn't come out It was stuck inside me this nasty monsterish feeling of something so uncomfortable I couldn't stand it but I couldn't get rid of it either All I could do was hunker down around it feeling it grow and grow as memories collected and feeling myself turn into a troll something surly and mean and snarling my dank skin growing burls and warts hoping nobody would come near me because my voice would flare out of me like a welder's fire It's a great description of teen angst and grief and I love that view spoilerTyler's own darkest feelings are his best protection against the feys' glamors and enticements hide spoiler

  7. Kerry Kerry says:

    What a beautiful lovely book Solstice Wood is a wonderful blend of the mundane and the mystical all tied up through misunderstandingTwo 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 ueen of the winter wood spells and guardians were put in place to keep the wood folk away and containedIf you follow tradition and the path set down by your forebears is there ever room to re evaluate the situation and see if perhaps it is time for tradition to changeThis really is the crux of Solstice Wood It is beautifully told through differing first person point of view characters This manner of writing seems odd to me at first until I realised that all of them had a different view on the same truth and only together could the full story be told and understoodMcKillip's lyrical writing still shines but in this modern world tale it is tempered with the everyday and I think this probably makes Solstice Wood accessible to the causal reader I love the way she writes I always imagined I would like to write like Patricia McKillip but less obscure and that's how this book feels It's still weaves magic with words but I feel much like I understood the story than I sometimes do at the end of one of her booksThis book makes a much deeper emotional sense if you've read Winter Rose but it still works alone All the same I'd say read both Why miss out on another good storyCopied across from Library Thing; 5 November 2012

  8. Whitney Whitney says:

    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

  9. Dyanna Dyanna says:

    I loved Winter Rose maybe because it had that fairy tale language meanwhile this book occurs in the present days

  10. Jalilah Jalilah says:

    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 greatgreat 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 by knitting embroidering and weaving in a secretive group called the Fiber GuildSylvia must confront her past and find out where she stands in all thisWhere as there were parts in Winter Rose that were too repetitive in Solstice Woods there is not one slow or boring part However what I missed were Patricia A McKillip trip like sections that were in Winter Rose where it is impossible to tell dream from reality In this book the two are always easily discernible All and all this was a fun read for everyone who likes books where Faerie meets our world

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