The Bards of Bone Plain
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The Bards of Bone Plain

by Patricia A. McKillip
Release date: December 1, 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award nominee 2011.

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 king's youngest daughter, who loves getting into adventures outside the castle. And when they 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.

(updated 2011-05-26)

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