Publish Date: December 7, 2010
Origins: From Publisher for Review
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Synopsis: Eager to graduate from the school on the hill, Phelan Cle chose Bone Plain, oft immortalized by poets and debated by scholars, for his final paper because he thought it would be an easy topic. It was commonly accepted – even at a school steeped in bardic tradition – that Bone Plain, with its three trials, three terrors, and three treasures, was nothing more than a legend, a metaphor. But as his research leads him to the life of Nairn, the Wandering Bard, the Unforgiven, Phelan starts to wonder if there are any easy answers…
Jonah Cle, Phelan’s father, is also hunting through time. When he’s not lost to drink, Jonah leads digging expeditions around the city, piecing history together from forgotten trinkets. His most eager disciple is Princess Beatrice, the kings’ youngest daughter, who loves getting into adventures outside the castle. And when the unearth a disk marked with ancient runes, Beatrice feels compelled to pursue the secrets of a lost language that she suddenly notices all around her, hidden in plain sight.
Review: I really wanted to enjoy this book, as I did Winter Rose (also by Ms. McKillip). Unfortunately, I wasn't drawn into the world of Ms. McKillip's creation this time and it didn't hold my attention. Please do give this book a chance and read some other reviews, also. Just because it wasn't my 'cup of tea', doesn't mean you won't love it!