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The Cygnet duology receives a 4 instead of 5 stars due to the first part of the duology, Sorceress and the Cygnet.I found Sorceress and the Cygnet incredibly frustrating I still have absolutely no idea what actually happened in the climax I can t remember the last time I ve been so annoyed and frustrated at a book s ending.Don t get me wrong, I m a huge fan of McKillip, and am familiar with her poetic prose and heavy imagery But she didn t help the reader to understand what was happening at a The Cygnet duology receives a 4 instead of 5 stars due to the first part of the duology, Sorceress and the Cygnet.I found Sorceress and the Cygnet incredibly frustrating I still have absolutely no idea what actually happened in the climax I can t remember the last time I ve been so annoyed and frustrated at a book s ending.Don t get me wrong, I m a huge fan of McKillip, and am familiar with her poetic prose and heavy imagery But she didn t help the reader to understand what was happening at all in this book s climax Stuff happened, and we are left with absolutely no idea as to what any of it meant I haven t even been able to find a synopsis online somewhere that can explain it to me I moved on to the sequel, Cygnet and the Firebird, hoping that it would shed some light on the events, but no such luck.I also found it incredibly frustrating to have become so attached to the original protagonist s plight and character, only to have him be essentially replaced later in the book by other characters I loved the other characters, by the way, especially Meguet and the Gatekeeper though I am still up in the air as to how to pronounce Meguet s name lol Corleue is still IN the story, we justdon t see anything from his point of view any, and his part of the story seemed to take a complete backseat to the characters of Ro Holding And he barely makes an appearance in the sequel.By itself, I would give Sorceress and the Cygnet a 3.5 star rating Apart from its flaws, I still enjoyed reading it McKillip s prose is, as usual, a delight to read, and her world and characters a delight to lose yourself to Read it for McKillip s usual candy of prose, imagination, and wonderful characters Just don t expect to know what the heck actually happened at the endThe sequel, Cygnet and the Firebird, I enjoyed reading immensely It did not suffer the same issues as Sorceress did I loved the characters I loved how the plot unrolled and revealed itself It was a very good read By itself I would probably give it a 4.5 In fact you could probably read it as a stand alone without being lost at all I can see why Patricia A McKillip is a leading name among fantasy writers This book contained The Sorceress and the Cygnet and The Cygnet and the Firebird The first was good, but I was just accustoming myself to her writing style and there was a lot of world building was going on The second was very good The characters were well developed and the plot had lots of action This writer was recommended by one of my favorite authors, Jane Lindskold and she was right I plan to read. #Book ¸ Cygnet ⚣ In the realm of fantasy, one name stands out from the crowd For many years, Patricia A McKillip has charmed readers with her unique brand of prose magic Locus Now, for the first time in one volume, she offers two of her classic tales The Sorceress and the Cygnet and The Cygnet and the Firebird which delve into the fate of the Ro family and an otherworld rich in myth and mayhem, magic and adventure There isn t much I can say about this duology except to implore you to read it The two books are as different as the sun and the moon, yet bound together by the same threads the land, the people who live there, the stories and legends that come improbably to life Both books are wonderful examples of both McKillip s peerless writing and her perfectly enigmatic storytelling.In The Sorceress and the Cygnet, a young Wayfolk man named Corleu finds himself caught up in a sort of series of Faustian There isn t much I can say about this duology except to implore you to read it The two books are as different as the sun and the moon, yet bound together by the same threads the land, the people who live there, the stories and legends that come improbably to life Both books are wonderful examples of both McKillip s peerless writing and her perfectly enigmatic storytelling.In The Sorceress and the Cygnet, a young Wayfolk man named Corleu finds himself caught up in a sort of series of Faustian bargains to free his people from a danger they aren t even aware of After meeting the enigmatic Nyx Ro, both sorceress and Holder s heir, he tries his best to escape the terrible deal that he was forced to make while still saving his people As the mystery of this story unfolded, I grew to love both Corleu, Nyx, and the surprisingly varied cast of characters you meet along the way While the beginning of the story the first ten or twelve pages were rough, the book quickly found its footing and became rather delightful To say anywould be to spoil the discovery of the book, so I hope this is sufficient.In The Cygnet and the Firebird, we abandon Corleu to his happily ever after and follow Nyx Ro, who is rather perturbed when a large firebird flies into her mother s castle and begins throwing spells around as though it were the trench lines on the Western Front As Nyx tries to uncover the riddle of the firebird, a mysterious mage seems to threaten the safety of Ro Holding Like McKillip s previous book, the mystery of the Firebird its identity, home, and purpose quickly overtakes the book This story takes us to a new land full of riddles and hidden power, which is delightful and completely steals the show As much as I was entranced by the wild, dragon speckled deserts of Saphier, I always felt a little bit homesick for the pleasant, boggy, wooded greenlands of Ro Holding That longing comes strongly through both main characters, Nyx and Meguet, and is a powerful motivator for the reader to continue as well as the characters.Both books suffer from McKillip s tendency to brusque endings Everything is wrapped up in about two pages which, while delightful and lovely and nearly perfect, left me wanting just a little bitresolution for certain characters All the same, both endings were lovely and satisfying enough that it didn t detract from my enjoyment at all nor the rating I have given.All in all, if you re a fan of McKillip and you want to read something a bit denser,challenging, or with a bitdepth, this is absolutely a duology that you should seek out I enjoyed my time with it immensely and, as soon as I had finished, started thinking about the next chance I ll have to go through it Just beautiful. I have read many of her books and particularly love these Magical indeed Loved these books The women of Ro Holding might be my all time favorite characters The story of this book is the story of a year I read The Sorceress and the Cygnet at the beginning of this year, and I just finished The Cygnet and the Firebird What both books have to recommend them 1 A plentiful cast of sympathetic female figures, including one of thesatisfying depictions of female authority in Nyx s mother, and two sisters who, while they re meant to contrast sharply with Nyx, are remarkable in their own ways Nyx s older sister Iris, in particular, is exactly what t The story of this book is the story of a year I read The Sorceress and the Cygnet at the beginning of this year, and I just finished The Cygnet and the Firebird What both books have to recommend them 1 A plentiful cast of sympathetic female figures, including one of thesatisfying depictions of female authority in Nyx s mother, and two sisters who, while they re meant to contrast sharply with Nyx, are remarkable in their own ways Nyx s older sister Iris, in particular, is exactly what the regrettably dull and faded flower Laurel in Winter Rose ought to have been.2 Two complex and intriguing central heroines, the mage Nyx and the warrior Meguet I admire both, but Meguet is my favorite.3 McKillip s remarkable writing style, which is not quite like any other fantasy author s It s not always easy to follow it keeps a reader on her toes but it has such a wonderfully poetic quality about it indeed, at times it s rather like reading prose poetry It draws the reader into a landscape of dreams.Yet I did not enjoy both books equally The Cygnet and the Firebird is my distinct favorite, and not simply because it s the freshest in my memory The Sorceress and the Cygnet, I felt, was hampered by a rather dull hero, Corleu, and his even duller, barely there love interest Every time a scene focused on Corleu, I sped up my reading in order to get through it quickly, to get back to Nyx and Meguet I imagine McKillip started out to tell a story about Corleu, but as her work progressed, she discovered that her heart and her imagination were really with the women of Ro Holding, and she had to force herself to continue Corleu s plot thread, to bring it to a conclusion The Cygnet and the Firebird does not have this problem By this time, McKillip knows and understand which characters really interest her, and she focuses squarely on Nyx and Meguet The loyalty and affection between the two cousins is central Male characters enter the scene, but they are much better developed andintriguing than Corleu ever was We get a strong sense of something vital at stake An interesting take on dragon lore is also featured, which is always a nice treat for me I am a huge fan of McKillip s later works and this one had been languishing on my shelves for some time It looked like a good bridge between some of the next books I was wanting to read and so picked it up The first book is something of a slog the writing isn t quite as polished as to what I ve become accustomed in her later books and the plot moves in some very unfamiliar, difficult to follow ways without any satisfying resolution The second book in this compendium is a muchtradition I am a huge fan of McKillip s later works and this one had been languishing on my shelves for some time It looked like a good bridge between some of the next books I was wanting to read and so picked it up The first book is something of a slog the writing isn t quite as polished as to what I ve become accustomed in her later books and the plot moves in some very unfamiliar, difficult to follow ways without any satisfying resolution The second book in this compendium is a muchtraditional narrative and the writing becomes just that little bit tighter so that it compels you forward Still, it wasn t until the last hundred pages or so that I finally got the story and everything clicked It seems to me also that this is where she works out what is later to become herorganic style of working magic into stories In many ways this is the fight between a muchclassical version of magic as controlled and controllable power and somethingimbued into the essential being of her characters and their surroundings I really enjoyed watching this aspect of the novel play out and by the end I was even beginning to think I may miss these characters, particularly Hex as his real development as a character only comes in the last dozen pages I really, really want to knowabout his relationship with Meguet and how her power evolves.At the end of the day it is a really good book, just a shame that it takes so long to get going Considering I have read almost all of Patricia McKillip s books published ones, at least , this book was a surprise Those among you who thought the Riddle Master of Hed had obscurity riddling it s pages are in for a treat..this one is evenintricate, convoluted, subtle and evasive but as beautifully written as one would expect to come out of PK s pen BUT, it does get to a point where the layer upon layer of reality mixing with fantasy thus made it the first PK book I took my t Considering I have read almost all of Patricia McKillip s books published ones, at least , this book was a surprise Those among you who thought the Riddle Master of Hed had obscurity riddling it s pages are in for a treat..this one is evenintricate, convoluted, subtle and evasive but as beautifully written as one would expect to come out of PK s pen BUT, it does get to a point where the layer upon layer of reality mixing with fantasy thus made it the first PK book I took my time finishing Cygnet compromises of two books and if you asked me to explain the scenario and describe it, I would say, read it It would be equivalent to explaining an exquisite dream in all it s vividness in mere words.However, it is also easy to compare her world with this one and find the mundane similarities and the parables It s worth reading but not for everyone