The Complete Trilogy

Book - 1999
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The Riddle-Master of Hed: In seeking the answer to the riddle of the three stars on his forehead and the three stars on the enchanted harp and sword, Morgon, Prince of Hed, goes ultimately to the High One, himself. Heir of Sea and Fire: When Morgon, Prince of Hed, fails to return from his journey to the High One, his fiancée, accompanied by his sister and a friend, sets out to find him. Harpist in the Wind: In the midst of conflict and unrest the Prince of Hed solves the puzzle of his future when he learns to harp the wind, discovers who the shape changers are, and understands his own relationship to Deth, harpist of the wizard Ohm.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 1999
Edition: Special collector's edition Ace trade paperback omnibus edition
ISBN: 9780441005963
Branch Call Number: YA MCKILLI
Characteristics: 578 pages : map ; 23 cm


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"Special edition of all three books in the Riddle-Master series; this is the way book series should be - you can read the entire journey of Morgon from young man to finding his destiny guided by the three stars on his forehead. " -- Linda H.

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Cheryl_JHL Jun 02, 2017

One (technically 3) of my all time favorite books. McKillip's writing is jewel-like with delicious imagery. I loved all the characters and how seamlessly everything flowed together. I loved the structure of magic in the novel, and the idea of riddles as magic.

The book can be a bit cryptic, but it is enjoyable to put the pieces together. If you like Gene Wolfe's cryptic "unreliable narrator" style, particularly from The Knight/The Wizard, this might also appeal.

Fans of McKillips portrayal of female characters may also enjoy Robin McKinley, Anne McCaffrey, Garth Nix (Sabriel), Shannon Hale (Goose Girl), Maggie Steifvater, or Terry Pratchett (Tiffany Aching series - Wee Free Men).

It might be helpful to know that McKillip and Stephen R. Donaldson are good friends and while it might be my imagination that you can sometimes see an influence in her writing (and in his), there are some similarities. Donaldson's worldbuilding in his Thomas Covenant series is equally lush and rich.


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