"The Forgotten Beasts of Eld" is a delightful story, wonderfully woven with poetic prose. Phillip’s has a distinctly lyrical voice and her words flow on the page. Myths and legends come alive, riddles abound, and magic seeps through each word. This is an utterly enticing story, with a fascinating heroine. Sybel is strong and independent. Her journey evolves into one of self-discovery and growth, of love and relationships. She is suddenly left with a child to care for and discovers how to love. She also finds new relationships – child, mother, friend and lover – after spending years in relative isolation from mankind. Each character is interesting in their own way, in particular the fantastical creatures which live with Sybel after heeding her call. Sybel is a beautiful woman and powerful and for some this makes her a threatening figure – for others an attractive one. As war looms, Sybel must find her place in the world. This fantasy story is dense, but riveting. A mesmerizing read!
Sybel has spent years alone in her castle gates, surrounded only by the mythical creatures she has called to her. The descendant of a long line of wizards, she is strong, powerful, and somehow innocent in the ways of mankind. She does not dabble in the affairs of men. Until one day, someone breaches her walls and leaves her with a baby to care for. As the child grows, Sybel is drawn into the world beyond her walls, a world of relationships, family and love. But also a world of war, revenge, hate, and deceit. Temptation arises in many forms but the most trying of all is the temptation of power – and the temptation to unleash her power on those who would do her harm.
Winner of the World Fantasy Award
“Rich and regal.” —New York Times
Young Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady of the Night. Sybel only lacks the exquisite and mysterious Liralen, which continues to elude her most powerful enchantments.
But when a soldier bearing an infant arrives, Sybel discovers that the world of man and magic is full of both love and deceit—and the possibility of more power than she can possibly imagine.