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The Bell at Sealey Head (2008)

by Patricia A. McKillip

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A gentle, mysterious fantasy. I'm still not sure I understand why there were two Aislinn houses, how that came to be. Maybe I just missed it. Still a pleasant read. ( )
  shaunesay | Jun 21, 2017 |
lovely, of course. both worlds bear some similarity to Susanna Clarke's worlds in Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and the lesson perhaps is also similar, though Clarke's book is much bigger. also both are charming, and otherworldly in interesting ways. ( )
  macha | Jan 9, 2017 |
A bell is heard at sunsight every day at a town. It has rung for hundreds of years. A magician comes to find it. In the process he sets free a magical realm that was taken over by his ever so great uncle. A house that hides doorways to the other kingdom. This was more prosey than her other stuff. I really enjoyed it. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Set in an unspecified fishing village in an unspecified locale during an unspecified time period, this novel deals with the day to day lives of a small group of residents and a large group of high-born guests who mingle much more freely than they would be expected to do during the implicit time period (18th, 19th Century). Their lives are touched by magic from another era, although this goes unnoticed by all but a very few. The book was sweet although pretty predictable. ( )
1 vote turtlesleap | Apr 13, 2016 |
This book reminded me of Robin McKinley's [b:Beauty|3682|A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)|Libba Bray|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511E0D3K21L._SL75_.jpg|2113193]: both feature young women in an unspecified past (resembling 18th-19th century Europe) who encounter a castle just a little more magic than it should be. Enchantment doesn't overwhelm either book; it peeks from around corners and from inside the buds of flowers.

Sarcastic Miss Gwyneth Blair is being courted, but she prefers the bookworm who runs the ramshackle inn. Meanwhile, serving girl Emma is worried about her friend, the princess Ysabo. She can only glimpse her from certain doorways, but the snatches she catches of Ysabo's world are bewildering and a little scary (think [b:Gormenghast|39058|The Gormenghast Novels Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Titus Alone|Mervyn Peake|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1169251309s/39058.jpg|38776]). And all their lives are punctuated by the tolling bell of Sealey Head, which no one has ever seen but everyone hears. When the scholarly Ridley Dow comes to town, investigating the bell, everything comes to a head.

This book is sweet, interesting, very well written, and involves a lovely old sort of magic. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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Judd Cauley stood in his father's rooms in the Inn at Sealey Head, looking out the back window at the magnificent struggle between dark and light as the sun fought its way into the sea.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441016308, Hardcover)

An "elegant" (Library Journal) fantasy from the World Fantasy Award- winning author of Solstice Wood

Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean, a sleepy place where everyone hears the ringing of a bell no one can see. On the outskirts of town is the one truly great house, Aislinn House, where the aged Lady Eglantyne lies dying, and where the doors sometimes open not to its own dusty rooms, but to the wild majesty of a castle full of knights and princesses...

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Sealey Head is a small town on the edge of the ocean, a sleepy place where everyone hears the ringing of a bell no one can see. On the outskirts of town is an impressive estate, Aislinn House, where the aged Lady Eglantyne lies dying, and where the doors sometimes open not to its own dusty rooms, but to the wild majesty of a castle full of knights and princesses. Scholar Ridley Dole comes to the village fascinated with Aislinn House as he believes the place is under a spell where the inhabitants are regimented like puppets whose strings are being pulled. Ridley's ancestor Nemos Moore used magic to link the Aislinn Houses; he hopes to undo his work to save the people, but is unsure how and remains unaware of the presence of a malevolent person hiding in plain sight who will kill him to insure the status quo remains.… (more)

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