Harrowing the DragonPatricia A. McKillip
fantasy, short stories
Locus Award nominee 2006.
A fantasist without equal, Patricia A. McKillip has created worlds of intricate beauty and unforgettably nuanced characters. For twenty-five years, she has drawn readers into her spell, spinning modern-day fables with a grace never before seen.
Now, for the first time, she presents a book of previously uncollected short stories – full of beautiful dragons, rueful princesses, and handsome bards, and written in the gorgeous – and often surprisingly funny – prose she's known for. This is her world, wrapped up in the finery of fairy tales...
A dragon has held an island in never-ending winter, until a man comes to break its fierce embrace – only to learn the true meaning of wisdom – in ”The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath.” The ”Lady of the Skulls” lures men with what's most precious to them – and then kills them with it. ”Star-Crossed” portrays the investigation into the deaths of Romeo and Juliet – and illustrates how little the world tolerates true love. These stories and twelve others are here in a remarkable collection from one of today's most popular and beloved authors.
Patricia Anne McKillip (born 1948) is an American author, distinguished by lyrical, delicate prose and careful attention to detail and characterization. She is a winner of the World Fantasy Award (The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, 1975, Ombria in Shadow, 2003) and Mythopoeic Award (Ombria in Shadow). Most of her recent novels have cover paintings by Kinuko Y. Craft. She is married to a poet David Lunde and lives in Oregon.