The Book of Atrix Wolfe
Tachyon Publications Llc
OverviewIn this classic fantasy novel from the late World Fantasy Award-winning author Patricia A. McKillip (The Forgotten Beasts of Eld), the human world and the realm of faerie dangerously intertwine through chaotic magic. Told in McKillip’s stunning prose, The Book of Atrix Wolfe is the spellbinding legend of a reluctant mage, a powerful wizard, a beleaguered heir, fae royalty, and a nearly invisible scullery-maid.
When the White Wolf descends upon the battlefield, the results are disastrous. His fateful decision to end a war with powerful magic changes the destiny of four kingdoms: warlike Kardeth, resilient Pelucir, idyllic Chaumenard, and the mysterious Elven realm.
Twenty years later, Prince Talis, orphaned heir to Pelucir, is meant to be the savior of the realm. However, the prince is neither interested in ruling nor a particularly skilled mage. Further, he is obsessed with a corrupted spellbook, and he is haunted by visions from the woods.
The legendary mage Atrix Wolfe has forsaken magic and the world of men. But the Queen of the Wood, whose fae lands overlap Pelucir’s bloody battlefield, is calling Wolfe back. Her consort and her daughter have been missing since the siege, and if Wolfe cannot intervene, the Queen will keep a sacrifice for her own.
Author BioPatricia Anne McKillip, widely considered one of fantasy’s finest writers, was the bestselling author of more than thirty adult and children’s fantasy novels, including The Riddle-Master of Hed, Harpist in the Wind, and The Bards of Bone Plain. Her short fiction has most recently been collected in Wonders of the Invisible World and Dreams of Distant Shores. McKillip received three World Fantasy Awards, for The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Ombria in Shadow, and Solstice Wood, for the latter of which she also received the Mythopoeic Award. She was also recognized with the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement. Born in Salem, Oregon, McKillip lived in Germany, the UK, and the Catskills in New York.
Kathleen Jennings (cover art) has won the World Fantasy Award, and has been shortlisted for the Hugo and Locus Awards. She has also received the E. G. Harvey and several Ditmar Awards. Many of her illustrations and incidental drawings appear on her blog tanaudel.wordpress.com. Jennings lives in Brisbane, Australia.