“In THE ODDLING PRINCE, Nancy Springer has written a small, perfect epic, three words I did not think could ever live well together. And yet here it is: romantic, heroic, moving, satisfying—and not an overblown farrago of words. Read it—and believe.”
—Jane Yolen, author of The Emerald Circus and Sister Light/Sister Dark
In the ancient moors of Scotland, the king of Calidon lies on his deathbed, cursed by a ring that cannot be removed from his finger. When a mysterious fey stranger appears to save the king, he also carries a secret that could tear the royal family apart.
The kingdom’s only hope will lie with two young men raised worlds apart. Aric is the beloved heir to the throne of Calidon; Albaric is clearly of noble origin yet strangely out of place.
THE ODDLING PRINCE is a tale of brothers whose love and loyalty to each other is such that it defies impending warfare, sundering seas, fated hatred, and the very course of time itself. In her long-awaited new fantasy novel, Nancy Springer (the Books of Isle series) explores the darkness of the human heart as well as its unceasing capacity for love.
“In THE ODDLING PRINCE, Nancy Springer juggles the tropes of fantasy and folklore with skill and wit, exploring kingship, brotherhood, friendship and heroism of many kinds while telling a story that kept me up far too late finding out what was going to happen next to characters I really cared about.”
—Delia Sherman, author of Changeling
Photo: Bob O’Lary
“THE ODDLING PRINCE is Nancy Springer at her very best. If you don’t know her work—which seems most unlikely—THE ODDLING PRINCE is the perfect place to start!”
—Peter S. Beagle, author of Summerlong
“Lyrical and lovely, THE ODDLING PRINCE feels both fresh and like a classic ballad that’s been part of the English canon for centuries.”
—Sarah Beth Durst, award-winning author of the Queens of Renthia series
“THE ODDLING PRINCE is fantasy at its best. Lyrical prose, memorable characters, and a haunting story bring to life the never-was worlds of Calidon and Otherland. Filled with magic, fabulous horses, swordplay, and treachery—at its core, THE ODDLING PRINCE is about the power of love. This skillfully wrought novel reminds readers of why Nancy Springer is one of our top fantasy writers. A must-read book!”
—Vonnie Winslow Crist, author of The Enchanted Dagger
“What a thrilling yarn! Fast-moving, full of surprises, and yet infinitely satisfying. Every time you think you know what’s going to happen Springer pulls a new but perfect rabbit out of the hat. THE ODDLING PRINCE is one of those great books that’ll be reread over and over again.”
—Brenda W. Clough, author of How Like A God and A Most Dangerous Woman
“Nancy Springer is a treasure.”
—Ellen Kushner, author of Swordspoint
“Nancy Springer tells a magnificent and magical tale, full of vivid landscapes and unforgettable characters. With an engaging plot and fast-paced action, THE ODDLING PRINCE is a must-read for fantasy lovers of all ages”
—Karen E. Taylor, author of the Vampire Legacy series, Cellar, and Love & Monsters
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