Patricia A. McKillip’s fantastic THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD has a real edge to it, some bite


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THE LITTLE BOOK OWL gives Patricia A. McKillip a Bookish Academy Award 2017 for THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD.

Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)

The best stand alone is probably THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD, which I loved. I picked it up on a bit of a whim and I am so glad I did – it was fantastic. I did also really enjoy Artemis by Andy Weir, which is another great standalone.

BOOKSTOOGE’S REVIEWS OF THE ROAD enjoys his re-read of the novel.


This was the first McKillip book that I would say had a real edge to it, some bite. It takes some uncomfortable subject matters and deals with them specifically but non-graphically.

Sybel’s forebearers all took their mates by force. They used the power of naming to call and control them. Sybel gets a taste of this very thing when the wizard takes control of her. It wasn’t just attempted, or in the case of her ancestors, actual, rape, but also the complete loss of self within the mind. It was the rape of body AND mind and McKillip doesn’t shy away from showing how it affects people.


I love a Love Conquers All story and this was that in spades.

When I read this back in ’07, looking at my rating and review, I can tell I wasn’t really impressed back then. But a decade more of life experience, being married and some down and dirty church politics has shown me that yes, Love is the be all and end all. Being a Christian helps narrow down what Love actually is and I’m even more convinced today than I was 10 years ago of just how much God loves His creation.

I’ll end this like I began it. This has an edge and a bite that most of McKillip’s other books don’t. If it bothers you, try some of her others. If you like it, don’t expect it to be there.

The book really impressed CUPCAKES AND POPCORN.

So, let’s see… The books that really made an impression on me – and mind you, some of those authors you’ve seen me praising countless times but it’s just how it is for me, I’m a loyal fangirl – in no particular order are:

Against the Sky (The Brodies of Alaska #2) by Kat Martin
The Angel’s Hunger (Masters of Maria #2) by Holley Trent (review is soon to be posted for this one, I’ve been neglectful in my duties, I know!)
Finding the Dream (Dream Trilogy #3) by Nora Roberts
Sins of the Heart (The Sins Series #1) by Eve Langlais
Curse of the Healer (The Derbfine Series #1) by Ashley York
Legacy of Lies (Hell’s Valley #1) & Legacy Lost (Hell’s Valley #2) by Jillian David
Locke and Key (Titan #8) by Cristin Harber

For more info about THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD, visit the Tachyon page.

Cover by Thomas Canty