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Erdzauber. Die Erbin von Wasser und Feuer. (1977)

von Patricia A. McKillip

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When Morgon, Prince of Hed, fails to return from his journey to the High One, his fiancée, accompanied by his sister and a friend, sets out to find him.
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I’m sorry, but this book is so boring. I wasn’t a big fan of the first one, but at least I liked two of the characters. Those characters are mostly absent in this book and, in fact, it gets a two stars from me because of the parts they were in.

This felt very much like a second book in a trilogy. It did almost nothing to advance the plot. We follow a different main character, Raederle, who is the betrothed of the first book’s main character. Unfortunately, she hasn’t really changed in the entire book and a lot of information I already knew is being repeated because she wasn’t present in the first book.

I should be glad that this book featured three female characters when there was a lack of them in the first one, but unfortunately I found them all to be very dull. They also had no character development. The only development in this book happened off page with characters I actually cared about and that I would have been more interested in following.

The world is still confusing. There are shapeshifters and shape changers and a magic system revolving around weird riddles that aren’t so much riddles as they are general knowledge. I decided not to really care about that because I can’t make much sense of it. It might be because I am not that invested in this story too.

I will still attempt the third one because I am curious about how everything will wrap up and it seems like the two characters I care for are back. Otherwise, I would have given up on this trilogy. It’s a pity because Patricia A. McKillip is one of my favourite writers, but these books don’t feel at all like her usual style. ( )
  elderlingfae | Aug 11, 2022 |
I recently finished rereading [The Riddle-Master of Hed] trilogy by Patricia McKillip. It's been decades since I last read these little novels. They remain favorites from my youth. When I spent a semester in Costa Rica in the 1980s, the only books I brought to sustain me were this trilogy for my fantasy selection and David Brin's [Startide Rising] and [The Uplift War], which felt like a duology at the time.

I worried that rereading this high fantasy trilogy would tarnish the sheen of fond remembrance. No such thing! I still savored the lyrical prose, the imagery and metaphors, the characters, the world-building, all of it. I thought then and still think that these would translate well to the cinema given the advances in special effects that really bring magic alive on the screen. But of course, I'd hate to see how Hollywood would butcher the story.

[Heir of Sea and Fire] is the second book of the trilogy, where we're introduced to Raederle. It's spring again, and no one has seen or heard from Morgon or Deth for a year. Raederle sets out to find out what happened to Morgon, accompanied by his sister Tristan and Lyra, the land heir of the kingdom of Herun, who had met Morgon two years ago and is haunted by his refusal to accept her help and his possible death. Along the way, Raederle discovers she's more than the second most beautiful woman of An, with dangerous and powerful magic of her own.

These books remain charming classics for me. They were a perfect bedtime read--comforting and familiar and uncomplicated. ( )
  justchris | Sep 25, 2021 |
Once again, I was really swept up in this magical and complicated world. The story here is more about the characters than about the journey, as The Riddle-Master of Hed was but I still felt that tremendous sense of place. Very much worth a reread.
  amyem58 | Oct 19, 2020 |
Book 2 of The Riddle-Master Trilogy. This was a re-read for me, after a hiatus of some 20 years. I found the story dragged on too long and bogged down too often with Morgan, the Star-Bearer, repeatedly battling the shape-shifters. Raederele is an interesting protagonist that I felt had short shrift in the book. In several chapters, she could have been more fully developed. Instead there was so much happening and the whirlwind transitioning of Morgon was distracting.

I did take a long time to read the novel this time around, so perhaps that affected my overall view of this narrative. I'll move onto the last book when I feel more like continuing a re-reading this trilogy. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Feb 4, 2020 |
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Title: Heir of Sea and Fire
Series: Riddlemaster #2
Author: Patricia McKillip
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 215
Format: Digital Edition


Raederle, the woman betrothed to Morgan, sets out to find him as he has gone missing. She hooks up with some others, one of them being Morgan's younger sister and sails all over. Morgan has thoroughly disappeared though and the landheir power has been passed on to his brother. This usually means the original holder of said power is dead and almost everyone but Raederle believes Morgan to be dead.

Part way through Morgan is revealed to be alive and chasing after the Bard who betrayed him AND that the wizard Ohm has been masquerading as The One (the magical master of the whole land). Raederle must convince Morgan to not take his vengeance against the Bard as it will destroy who Morgan is.

Raederle also comes into powers of her own. She finds out that one of her ancestors was a shapeshifter from the sea and this blood has bestowed peculiar power to her. Considering that the shapeshifters were doing their best to kill Morgan in the previous book, Raederle isn't sure how Morgan is going to act when he finds out his betrothed belongs to those who wanted him dead.

The book ends with a showdown between the dead of Hel, controlled by Raederle and the Bard and Morgan. Morgan is convinced to show mercy and then he and Raederle set out to track down Ohm and get some answers for all the mysteries going on.

My Thoughts:

While I am giving this 4stars this time, I completely understand myself for giving it 2 stars back in '07. This was trying to tell a fantasy story that needed a trilogy and McKillip kept going between fantasy writerstyle of the day and her own style of lyrical prose. It makes for an unsettling read as at one point you'll have everything spelled out for you and then 10 pages later some monumental revelation is made as an aside in some oblique reference to some myth.

That was the weakness of this book and I am not sure that it can truly overcome that weakness. It's the same problem I had with Riddlemaster of Hed and the main reason I wouldn't recommend these as starter books for someone looking to get into McKillip.

Now that being said, since I have already read almost everything of McKillip's and am currently re-reading everything, I can appreciate this book for its strengths.

This borrows heavily from Welsh/Welch (love that grapejuice by the way!) myth with the lands of Hel, Awn, etc and the unsettled dead and magic held by the lands rulers. If you've ever read The Prydain Chronicles by Llloyd Alexander, you'll recognize a lot of the places and situations McKillip uses in this book. I think having that pre-existing knowledge will help a lot in understanding just what is going on, since there is so much happening without being spelled out. McKillip was writing for a well-read audience and I think a more modern audience will miss out on a lot of references, references that make this a much fuller, richer story.

Raederle was a great character. She wasn't pie in the eye in love with Morgan, since she had only known him as a friend growing up. But since he was her betrothed, she was going to find out what happened to him. It showed a core of steel in her character. That showed her as strong but not some kickass heroine where her femininity was completely overshadowed by her being a man with breasts. She wasn't a warrior, she couldn't sail the ship she was on but there was NEVER any doubt that it was Raederle driving and leading everyone else on. When she confronts Morgon about his quest for vengeance, she doesn't kick his legs out from under him and pin him down until he submits. She supports the parts of him that she does admire and lets him see that and lets that support decide him.

The supporting characters, from Morgon's younger sister to the ghost of the King of Hel (that is him on the cover, lusting after his skull, which had been nailed to a midden pile and that Raederle used as a bargaining chip in obtaining his help) to Morgon himself were just as good.

To end, I once again thoroughly enjoyed another McKillip story while definitely not recommending this as a starting place for anyone thinking about a McKillip journey. Get some “experience” with her as an author and then come back to this.

★★★★☆ ( )
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