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The Bards of Bone Plain (edição 2010)

por Patricia A. McKillip (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
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Título:The Bards of Bone Plain
Autores:Patricia A. McKillip (Autor)
Informação:Ace (2010), 336 pages
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Lots and *lots* of fun. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
This was a lovely book, something akin to the work of a master confectionist at the height of her powers. An unapologetic celebration of fantasy and beauty, without so much as a single swordfight, I found it engrossing and entirely enjoyable. Must read more of her work. ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
A novel set in two different times, as two different bards try to find the magic behind bardic music. A really fantastic novel. I enjoyed the setting, the characters and the plot, though the real strength of this book is the writing. It is entertaining, engrossing and amusing. ( )
  Karlstar | Jun 13, 2020 |
As with all of McKillip's books, it was beautifully written and an unusual tale, in this case about a vaguely steampunk fantasy world and a princess archaeologist, her dilettante bard boyfriend, and an oddly threatening stranger.

However, I have a big bone to pick about this odd stranger. We read the whole book with him being presented as threatening, dangerous, unknown, and at the end of the book not only do we still not know who he is, but apparently he's not actually a bad guy, and they all play their harps together and he goes home--or wherever. To say that the ending is disappointing is a huge understatement. ( )
  andrea_mcd | Mar 10, 2020 |
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Title: Bards of Bone Plain
Series: ----------
Author: Patricia McKillip
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: Digital Edition

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The book is set in a culture reminiscent of the medieval era, but technologically near-modern, and in which archaeology is also an established profession. Scholar Phelan Cle of the Bardic School at Caerau chooses as his graduate thesis the subject of the perhaps mythical Bone Plain, where all poetry is said to have originated, and the tale of the wandering bard Nairn.

Meanwhile, archaeologist Jonah Cle, Phelan's alcoholic father, pursues his own investigations, urged on by his dedicated disciple Princess Beatrice, the king's youngest daughter. At the standing stones near the school is unearthed a strange artifact, a disk marked with ancient runes that may prove key to the mysteries of Bone Plain. Beatrice soon discovers indications of the lost language it represents everywhere.

Alternating chapters recount the activities of the Cles and the princess and the legend of Nairn, and gradually the present and past are revealed to mirror each other and ultimately fuse.

My Own Little Bit

Turns out Jonah is Nairn and that Welkin/Keldin is simply trying to reverse the curse Nairn brought upon himself from the first competition back in history. Jonah faces Keldin thinking he is taking his son's place but Keldin uses it to restore to Jonah his musical ability. Everybody lives happily ever after and Phelan's best friend Zoe Wrenn becomes the next Royal Bard, only now she knows about the magic in the music.

My Thoughts:

McKillip doesn't let me down. The mystery of language is explored in her typical lyrical way and the journey is beautiful with the way she crafts her story. As I noted in my 2011 review (linked below), she doesn't hide quite so much in poetic form so the overall story is easier to understand. I liked that last time but this time I'm not really so sure. I think I would have liked MORE mystery, not less!

McKillip has moved her writing from a straight Medieval to a late 1800th Century, with automobiles and the like while still having bards and bardic schools. The magic is a given though, while most people in the story have forgotten that magic even exists.

With this move forward in time McKillip also brings forward some more modern ideas and those are what will keep this from being a 5star read for me. Several times she has unmarried couples sleeping together and that being completely normal. It was more striking to me because of its absence in her other works.

I've only got a couple more McKillip books to read through before this cycle of re-reads is over and honestly, I can tell I'm going to miss her stuff. I simply love her writing!

And finally, I'm including the full art spread for the cover by Kinuko Craft. They're just so beautiful. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Nov 26, 2019 |
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I’ve been reading Patricia McKillip’s books for more years than I want to admit at this point, and The Bards of Bone Plain has everything that has kept me coming back to them again and again, refined, distilled, and that much more potent.
 
World Fantasy Award–winner McKillip (The Bell at Sealey Head) offers a rich, resonant story of poetry, riddles, mystery, and magic.
adicionada por PhoenixFalls | editarPublisher's Weekly (Oct 25, 2010)
 

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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.

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