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Harpist in the wind par Patricia A. McKillip
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Harpist in the wind (original 1979; édition 1979)

par Patricia A. McKillip

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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.
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Titre:Harpist in the wind
Auteurs:Patricia A. McKillip
Info:London : Futura, 1979
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Harpist in the Wind par Patricia A. McKillip (1979)

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I recently finished rereading [The Riddle-Master of Hed] trilogy by Patricia McKillip. It's been decades since I last read these little novels. They remain favorites from my youth. When I spent a semester in Costa Rica in the 1980s, the only books I brought to sustain me were this trilogy for my fantasy selection and David Brin's [Startide Rising] and [The Uplift War], which felt like a duology at the time.

I worried that rereading this high fantasy trilogy would tarnish the sheen of fond remembrance. No such thing! I still savored the lyrical prose, the imagery and metaphors, the characters, the world-building, all of it. I thought then and still think that these would translate well to the cinema given the advances in special effects that really bring magic alive on the screen. But of course, I'd hate to see how Hollywood would butcher the story.

In the first book, we're introduced to Morgon and the people and places of the High One's realm. Over the course of a year, Morgon discovers he's tangled up in a destiny that goes far beyond his peaceful, agrarian life in Hed, or even his college years studying with the Riddle Masters in Caithnard. In the second book, [Heir of Sea and Fire], we're introduced to Raederle. It's spring again, and no one has seen or heard from Morgon or Deth for a year. Raederle sets out to find out what happened to Morgon, accompanied by his sister Tristan and Lyra, the land heir of the kingdom of Herun, who had met Morgon two years ago and is haunted by his refusal to accept her help and his possible death.

[Harpist in the Wind] is the third book of the trilogy, in which the meaning of Morgon's destiny as the Star-Bearer is revealed, the shapechangers are at last identified, and all the realms of the High One are swept into a war of the living and the dead, the ancient past and the present. It is the prophesied ending of the age of the High One. Along the way, we meet wizards, magical creatures, riddles, harps, forests, marshes, mountains, and all sorts of people.

These books remain charming classics for me. They were a perfect bedtime read--comforting and familiar and uncomplicated. ( )
  justchris | Sep 25, 2021 |
Read as part of 'Riddle Master - The Complete Trilogy'. See the 'Riddle-Master of Hed' entry for edition information. ( )
  fmc712 | Feb 18, 2021 |
I'm so glad I did a reread of the whole series. It, once again, took me totally away into a different world, a world that felt so real and so magical and mysterious. I don't read much fantasy but this seemed different from the usual. The magic is in the minds of the characters and how they connect to others and the world around them. The writing is evocative rather than explanatory and I loved being pulled into it.It's funny, I tried another McKillip after reading these all those years ago and didn't like it at all. I think with this series she just found the right tone.
  amyem58 | Nov 30, 2020 |
Loved this trilogy when I first read it in the early 1980's. But it drags on and often seems to go over so many crises of the same type, that I now wonder why I found it so gripping. Moral of the story (for me), don't try to re-read an old favourite. For the reader looking for a great McKillip read, try one of her other titles first. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | May 24, 2020 |
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Title: Harpist in the Wind
Series: Riddlemaster #3
Author: Patricia McKillip
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 260
Format: Digital Edition

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The shapeshifters from the Sea continue and escalate their battle against humanity. But their fighting makes no sense, as they simply occupy areas where the old Earthmasters cities used to be.

Morgan keeps on running away and Raederle keeps finding him and getting him back on track. It is revealed that the High One's harpist, who betrayed Morgan, is actually the High One and that he was using Gwych for his own ends. Morgan and Gwych duke it out and Morgan, as the Starbearer, wins.

The Shapeshifters are revealed as the losers in a war between the Earthmasters. The High One is the last Earthmaster and when he dies, they will break loose and rule all creation. The High One has made Morgan his landheir and hopes his power can lock them away again.

Morgan succeeds with the help of all the kings and the queens of the land and he is now the High One, a fully human High One married to a sorceress of Earthmaster descent.

My Thoughts:

Honestly, so much happened so quickly that if you didn't read every single sentence huge things would change in an eyeblink. Take Deth the Harpist. He' supposedly dead and then he shows up as a Wizard and it all takes place in a sentence or as an aside.

Morgan was just as stubborn as the first book and I don't realy like when a character is fighting against what they know is right “just because”. And then when he seals up the Shapeshifters so he doesn't have to kill them, that was the exact same problem that the original High One had, for at one point they'll break loose AGAIN and start the cycle all over. You don't hold a threat in a pen, you destroy it.

Most likely the least enjoyable McKillip I've re-read so far. I wasn't quite so confused as last time but my goodness, I wasn't enthralled just kind of whirling along hoping to stay conscious until the end. Definitely would NOT recommend this for a first timer of McKillip. If I ever do another re-read of her stuff, I'm going to try to remember to skip this trilogy.

★★★☆ ½ ( )
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For all who waited, and especilly

for Steve Donaldson,
who always called at the right time

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who reminded me of the difference
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