Alphabet Of Thorn

Title: Alphabet Of Thorn
Author: Patricia McKillip
Genre: Fantasy
Copyright: 2005
Ranking: Good
Binding: Trade paperback
LibraryThing: Title:Alphabet Of Thorn ISBN:0-441-01243-4 (Add Book)
Type: Owned
Read: 2007-12-29

Deep inside a palace on the edge of the world, the orphan Nepenthe pores over books in the royal library, translating their languages and learning their secrets. Now sixteen, she knows little of the outside world -- except for the documents that traders and travelers bring her to interpret. Then, during the coronation of the new Queen of Raine, a young mage gives Nepenthe a book that has defied translation, written in an alphabet of thorns...


Classic McKillip: dreams and seemings, wonder and magic and atmosphere, portents and forebodings and strangenesses, people with wild woods in their eyes, the sound of the sea, poems and legends and waking sleepers. A plot that is woven and grown, not linear. But less confusing than some of her plots; it untangled itself in the end. But one could not predict the ending.