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The Riddle-Master of Hed: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 1 | [Patricia A. McKillip]

The Riddle-Master of Hed: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 1

Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum.But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain.Beside him went Deth, the High One's Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures.
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Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum.But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain. Beside him went Deth, the High One's Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures. And with him always was the greatest of unsolved riddles - the nature of the three stars on his forehead that seemed to drive him toward his ultimate destiny.

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©1976 Patricia A. McKillip (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    John Denver, Colorado, United States 03-04-11
    John Denver, Colorado, United States 03-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Riddle master of Hed"

    I own this book in paper and I still bought this to listen to. I am happy that I did this, even in spite of the fact that I have read this in paper multiple times.
    This is the first book in a three part trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip. This is her 'amazingly epic' trilogy, inspired by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, where the LOTR trilogy tends to focus more on the action sequences between Orcs/goblins and heroes, this book focuses instead on the interpersonal relationships between the main characters, only using the villainous shapeshifters out of the sea rarely and to great effect in advancement of the plot. This is defiantly a distinct trilogy and one of my favorites.
    Also the narrator did a pretty good job. I would recommend this.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Yoshi Yoshitani United States 05-23-13
    Yoshi Yoshitani United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A Favorite Series"

    I love this series. About a quarter of the way through this first audio book, I bought the rest of the trilogy, knowing that I wouldn't be able to stand any waiting between them.

    What I loved about this series:
    There is a lot of back story and history to this world. Past events are constantly referred to, but don't mean anything to you, until later in the series. It creates a rich environment the encourages re-reads.
    The magic is awesome. In this world, magic is common, but not possessed by all. It has many variations that tend to follow bloodlines, or is restricted by rules. The major element of magic here is a thing called land rule, which is sort of akin to kings passing on their crown to the next heir, only that depending on the region, that 'crown' embodies a multitude of magics and powers specific to that kingdom. It turns out to be a rather clever device, and without giving anything away, I found my self more pleased then I could have imagined with the ending.

    To stray down a side path, the series has interesting combination of ephemeral (where magic and events happen in vague terms that purposely give the reader strange dual imagery that does and doesn't contradict itself, but instead tells the reader to accept it peacefully) and very specific concrete information. This duality was unexpected, but I must admit that McKillip pulled through in every way.

    In short, this was well weaved, and the journey to the conclusion was just as wonderful as the final delight of everything coming together. Listen to this series! I already have over and over again!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jennie Shingletown, CA, United States 03-21-11
    Jennie Shingletown, CA, United States 03-21-11
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    "Splendid and engrossing"

    I was delighted to find one of my favorite fantasy books available for download. Simon Prebble's reading is well paced, beautifully pronounced and absorbing. Well done and recommended.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Ocean, NJ, United States 03-22-11
    Daniel Ocean, NJ, United States 03-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Series I've Ever Read!"

    In Short: Great book! Great narrator!

    This is my most favorite series. The character and their development are excellent along with the world of the stories.

    Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator who is easy to listen to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RM Wildwood, Missouri, United States 11-14-12
    RM Wildwood, Missouri, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Terrific Trilogy"

    Great writing and terrific characters. You can see the influence of other fantasies, but McKillip goes her own way in a really engaging manner. The narrator was wonderful.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Black Mountain, NC, United States 02-04-12
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    "Great story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Riddle-Master of Hed the most enjoyable?

    McKillip is a story teller at heart with excellent character development. Although I read the book several years ago it was a joy to listen to. Many aspects of the trilogy really come out after the first reading. Love the depth of the story.


    What other book might you compare The Riddle-Master of Hed to and why?

    Lord of the Rings, Watership Down, Lord Foul's Bane


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes!


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ona Seneca, MO, United States 08-20-12
    Ona Seneca, MO, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Riddle Master of Hed"
    If you could sum up The Riddle-Master of Hed in three words, what would they be?

    Mystical, magical, practical


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Riddle-Master of Hed?

    The opening scene when the girl tells off her brother.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Vocal quality, and delivery.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not yet...but I loved reading it in print.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I loved in print, and I'm sure I will like as an audio book. I keep falling asleep before I get very far, which is indicative of good reader quality. :)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Connie san antonio, TX, United States 05-14-12
    Connie san antonio, TX, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "fantastic!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Riddle-Master of Hed the most enjoyable?

    Love all of her work, this series has always been one of my favorites


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very expressive


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie Walker 06-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Slow starting."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This story just didn't grab my interest. I love this genre, but I need some more plot and character development in the beginning to pique my interest. It felt like a novel being stretched into a trilogy.


    Has The Riddle-Master of Hed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, this is still my favorite genre.


    Could you see The Riddle-Master of Hed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-20-12
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Blah, Blah, blah"

    Blah, blah, blah, riddle. Bllllaaaahhh, Blllaaaaahhhh, BBBBBlllllllaaaaaahhhh, prince.
    Blah, etc.

    If the first paragraph grabs you then by all means get the book. This book is nothing but talk, talk, talk. I can sometime handle that from King, Card, or Asimov, but McKillip makes my mind wonder to grass growing.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    "Fantastic trilogy"

    This is a fantastic trilogy, one of my all-time favourite fantasy books. I was so delighted to discover that it is available as an unabridged audio book, and read by the wonderful Simon Prebble, that I downloaded the entire trilogy and immediatly started listening to it.

    This is not to be missed - a great story that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to the end.

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