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Brand new from the World Fantasy Award winning author of Solstice Wood Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean a sleepy place wher. Dream a little dream of a little book perfect in every way a story about a little village on the seacoast less than perfect but full of charm a lived in village with charming lived in characters a village with a mysterious crumbling manor with many doors to another world a world of rituals and ravenous crows and glassy eyed knights and a trapped princess and an uncertain doom the world of a castle a castle in a book Dream a dream of spells two wizards and a wood witch and her daughter and a strange bell that tolls from nowhere each night dream a dream of a little romance sweet and pure A book about books about the wonder of reading about readers and their voyages and writers and their trials and victories A book that loves books The theme the power of stories A motif what are the eyes saying what sort of house exists behind those windows look to the eyes The prose refined delicate and lovely The feel wispy and evanescent The result it was like a nap in the park on a sunny breezy day a nap full of little dreams all these little connected dreams within one enchanting dream I imagine I was smiling throughout this happy dream I woke from it still smiling

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The Bell at Sealey Head

Yne lies dying and where the doors sometimes open not to its own dusty rooms but to the wild majesty of a castle full of knights and princesses. This is the best book I ve yet read from Patricia A McKillip and I ve loved all of her work that I ve read Somehow this enchanted me even better than any of the others A lovely magical atmosphere that permeates all of the book and the reader s consciousness A fascinating story about a small and seemingly dull seaside village where a mysterious bell tolls every evening at sunset and where doors in the great manor open into other worlds at random There are wonderful characters with personality And there is writing that is as poetic beautiful and lush as ever in McKillip s books but somehow readable than ever before In earlier books I ve loved her writing but sometimes found it a little difficult to absorb in places however now it flowed from the page into my head with perfect ease without sacrificing in any of the beauty lushness or poetry A thoroughly recommended read for anyone who might possibly be appealed by this kind of book

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E everyone hears the ringing of a bell no one can see On the outskirts of town is an impressive estate Aislinn House where the aged Lady Eglant. Ordinary and wealthy families mingle and earn a living in a small lovely village overlooking the ocean Life moves slowly and smoothly in predictable rhythms at least it does for most of the people living there A few of the inhabitants are aware that something is off in the small community A few have seen things which they cannot talk about Every night at sunset the sound of a mournful bell rings out no one knows why or where it comes from but it has rung through generations of births and deaths People rarely even notice or uestion any about where or what it is although some think it comes from a drowned ship sunk beneath the watersThe Cauleys run the Inn at Sealey Head with servants occasionally helping with the cleaning and cooking although lately they have not had very many guests coming The Blair family are merchants who own a fleet of ships and warehouses where they keep their goods to be sold The Sproules are local farming aristocrats who live in Sproule Manor At the Aislinn House Lady Eglantyne resides She has the oldest pedigreeThen a colorful stranger a gentleman arrives at the Inn His name is Ridley Dow a traveling scholar who has come to find the bell Judd Cauley who has taken over the running of the Inn since his elderly father has lost his sight couldn t be curious about this bell search He is also very interested in the satchel of books Dow carries Judd is afflicted with a love of reading and he has read every book his family owns Until Dow arrived only his friend Gwyneth Blair shared his love of reading Judd is in love with her as well But she is beyond his reach in class and wealth Fortunately Dow is friendly and willing to share his books with Judd and soon they find much in commonGwyneth s family is eager to marry her to Raven Sproule to her dismay Fortunately she is able to find excuses to avoid most of the opportunities both families try to set up for the two to meet and converse What she prefers to do with her time is write stories Her younger siblings love her stories about the bell most of allEmma works at Aislinn house as a housemaid but things are not well Lady Eglantyne is dying It is necessary to send for her heir Miranda Beryl a granddaughter of Lord Aislinn s brother Miranda has lived in Landringham a nearby city all of her life Dr Grantham asks Emma if her mother Hesper could possibly help him give Lady Eglantyne some ease Hesper had left Aislinn House to go to live in a tree She knows a great deal about woodland medicine and the doctor asks for Hesper s help often Emma agrees to find her mother known locally as a wood witch but she is also thinking about Ysabo a mysterious princess and wonders what will happen to Ysabo when Miss Beryl becomes the Lady of Aislinn House view spoilerNo one except Emma and Hesper knows about the magical world of Princess Ysabo as far as they know Sometimes when they are going about their duties around the House Emma will open a door to a closet a bedroom a pantry but instead of walking into the expected room will find themselves looking across a mysterious threshold into a different world It is where the Princess Ysabo lives Ysabo is also startled to see Emma Neither can explain what is happening or why and neither dares to cross over into the other s world Princess Ysabo s universe appears to be older than the late middle ages time of Emma s world There are knights and castles where Ysabo lives But there is something very wrong in Ysabo s reality She must perform rituals every day which appear to have no value and if she refuses she is punished Worse she has been engaged to a knight she does not know and he will not permit her to speak or ask uestions After her betrothal she realizes she does not even know her intended husband s name Her mother and grandmother do not know the name of her fiance either however her mother and grandmother will not allow her to deviate in any ritual or refuse her marriage Any change in any routine will mean a terrible disaster for their world Nobody knows why Then one day Dow pushes past Emma when she has opened a door into Ysabo s world He crosses the threshold For the first time in anyone s memory the bell rings in the morningoh oh hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Bell at Sealey Head

  1. says:

    Dream a little dream of a little book perfect in every way; a story about a little village on the seacoast less than perfect but full of charm

  2. says:

    I started this book like ten years ago and didn't finish it then Patricia McKillip is one of my favorite fantasy authors she has lovely poetic writing but she can be a little hit and miss for me and I thought this was one of the mi

  3. says:

    I have found my new favorite novel by Patricia McKillip Earlier pole position candidates have been Winter Rose or Alphabet of Thorns b

  4. says:

    I felt such terrible sorrow such loss such fury at that moment at the end of every day when the last light faded in the world The bel

  5. says:

    Ordinary and wealthy families mingle and earn a living in a small lovely village overlooking the ocean Life moves slowly and smoothly in predictable rhythms at least it does for most of the people living there A few of the inhabitants are aware that something is off in the small community A few have seen things which they cannot talk about

  6. says:

    Reviewed for The BibliophibianSealey Head is a small town perched above a harbour where people mostly go about their everyday lives

  7. says:

    A sweet little slip of a book about a house in a tiny seaside town and pantry doors that open to the house in another world under a spell and an innkeeper who loves books and country romances and a bell ringing every day at sunset that only

  8. says:

    This is the best book I've yet read from Patricia A McKillip and I've loved all of her work that I've read Somehow this enchanted me even better than any of the others A lovely magical atmosphere that permeates all of the book and t

  9. says:

    At heart this is a fairy tale about stories Like Robin McKinley's work this book is fantasy on the small and private level McKillip tells the story of a group of people think Cranford and the magic that is part of their lives All the charact

  10. says:

    This is one of my favorite McKillip novels second only to Tower at Stony BrookImagine a small coastal town where inhabitants have alw

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