Booksellers, librarians, bloggers, and reviewers get THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD: SPECIAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY by Patricia A. McKillip with new intro by Marjorie Liu and original illustrations by Stephanie Law

Review copies of THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD: SPECIAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY, Patricia A. McKillip’s classic World Fantasy Award novel with a new introduction by Hugo Award Winner Marjorie Liu and original art by the acclaimed Stephanie Law, are now available via EDELWEISS and NETGALLEY.

This is my favorite book of all time. If I had to pick a desert island book, it would be this one.

Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate
Cover art by Thomas Canty
Design by Elizabeth Story

Before Daenerys was Mother of Dragons, Sybel commanded beasts of all kinds. McKillip offers up a powerful character full of passion, determination, obsession, and love.

A. C. Wise, author of The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories


Patricia A. McKillip
New Introduction by Marjorie Liu
Original introduction by Gail Carriger
Cover art by Thomas Canty
Illustrations by Stephanie Law

ISBN: 978-1-61696-410-8 (print); 978-1-61696-411-5 (digital)

Published: February 29, 2024

Available Format(s): Hardcover. Digital


Fifty years ago, the soon-to-be celebrated young author Patricia A. McKillip (the Riddle-Master trilogy) penned the tale of an iron-willed young sorceress. Brought vividly to life by McKillip’s gorgeously lush prose, Sybel, living with her captivating menagerie, is powerful and resourceful, yet headstrong and flawed. Sybel and The Forgotten Beasts of Eld continue to enrapture new generations of readers, and they continue to inspire generations of new fantasy writers.

Rich and regal.

The New York Times

Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady of the Night. Sybel only lacks the exquisite and mysterious Liralen, which continues to elude her most powerful enchantments.

But when a soldier bearing an infant arrives, Sybel discovers that the world of man and magic is full of both love and deceit, and the possibility of more power than she can possibly imagine.

This is what great literature looks like: bold, self-incisive, powerfully feminist without drawing attention to anything but the prose, the characters, and the story.

Usman T. Malik, author of The Pauper Prince and The Eucalyptus Jinn