Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Riddle-Master of Hed { The Riddle-Master of Hed #1 }

Title: The Riddle-Master of Hed
Author: Patricia A. McKillip
Ideal Age Range: Young Adult-Adult
Mass Market Paperback: ~ 227
Blurb: Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum.
But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain.
Beside him went Deth, the High One's Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures. And with him always was the greatest of unsolved riddles -- the nature of the three stars on his forehead that seemed to drive him toward his ultimate destiny.
Synopsis: In this book there is the Prince of Hed, Morgon who went to school to become a Riddle Master.  Little does he know that he was meant for greater destinies of which include winning the most beautiful maiden in the realm and finding the meaning of the three stars on his forehead, but all he wants to do is rule Hed alongside Raederle.
My Rating:(★★) I got so incredibly tired of Morgan fighting against his "destiny" and then going through with the next step of the journey despite being against his predestined path to Erlenstar Mountain to see the High One. Back and forth. Then it ended with a "To be Continued" Moment. It made me so angry!
I feel bad that I didn’t like this book, actually.  Because I adore so many of Patricia A. McKillip’s other books.  I loved The Changeling Sea and The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.  I can’t figure out why I didn’t like this one and I love her other books.  Maybe one reason is that there really weren’t any riddles for the reader to solve.  Just reading about Morgon’s will he won’t he pandering to his colleagues and travel companions.
I do like Patricia A. McKillip’s descriptive story telling, but in this book it just made the story seem like the background and you were supposed to be paying attention to the scenery instead of the story arc.  Distracting.
I know lots of people enjoyed this book, along with the entire series and though I did truck on through the other two books, I didn’t much like them.
Quotes: "If you have no faith in yourself, then have faith in the things you call truth. You know what must be done. You may not have courage or trust or understanding or the will to do it, but you know what must be done. You can't turn back. There is now answer behind you. You fear what you cannot name. So look at it and find a name for it. Turn your face forward and learn. Do what must be done.
-Deth to Morgon, Prince of Hed-"

My Rating System:
★ = didn’t like it
★★ = it was ok
★★★ = liked it
★★★★ = really liked it
★★★★★ = it was amazing
© demureconnoisseur/ Stacy Grey

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