The Winter Triptych (Wonder Tales)

The Winter Triptych Wonder Tales The Winter Triptych is a story plucked from a tapestry s thread In one panel Liese is a scullery maid working in Queenskeep where tragedy and treason have ruled for one hundred years In the night sh

  • Title: The Winter Triptych (Wonder Tales)
  • Author: Nicole Kornher-Stace Oliver Hunter
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Winter Triptych is a story plucked from a tapestry s thread In one panel Liese is a scullery maid working in Queenskeep, where tragedy and treason have ruled for one hundred years In the night, she chases ghosts up a winding stair There, in another, Isele is a traitor s hope, and here a huntsman seeks to unwind them from a curse s knot The panels flow together as tThe Winter Triptych is a story plucked from a tapestry s thread In one panel Liese is a scullery maid working in Queenskeep, where tragedy and treason have ruled for one hundred years In the night, she chases ghosts up a winding stair There, in another, Isele is a traitor s hope, and here a huntsman seeks to unwind them from a curse s knot The panels flow together as the story unfolds, until ghosts and curses collide at the top of the Keep.

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    1. This was STUNNING. There's this rhythm, this sculpture, this jewelling of language that Nicole does which is unlike anything I've ever read. I could tell it to be hers from a thousand miles away. It's a green-serpentine malachite-at-midnight set of colours and textures, a verbing of nouns, a nouning of verbs such that you can't tell whether you're chewing gems or wearing viscera.Anyway, it's amazing. And holy hell is it ever beautiful to have and to hold as well.

    2. A strange mashed-up dark fairytale, that has elements of Sleeping Beauty in it. It is almost style as story: the tale is told in snippets, as details in a tapestry. Wicked queens, witch rebels, huntsman and demonic creatures cavort by in vivid, violent language. It kind of reminds me of Greer Gilman's work in "mythpunk"--but its both more experimental *and* more accessible. Chances are if you like Valente, Tanith Lee and Gilman, you'll enjoy this trippy novel.

    3. 4.5 StarsThis is a simple tale, but it is how the strings of the narrative are woven together that give this story it's complexity and richness. What I always love about Kornher-Stace's work is that she drops you off in the middle of the story with no explanations or hand-holding, forcing the reader to work hard to find the clues to understanding the world. Her books are never easy, but they are always worth it. Clothed in gorgeous language, this is a dark fairy coming-of-age tale.

    4. Winter Triptych is an incredibly gruesome fairy tale. Beautifully written and woven. The bygone language and style creates a distinct, unique setting. I reread this immediately after finishing it! With an understanding of how everything ties together the second read was even more enjoyable than the first.

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