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Sybel, the beautiful great-granddaughter of the wizard Heald, has grown up on Eld Mountain with only the fantastic beasts summoned there by wizardry as companions. She cares nothing for humans until, when she is 16, a baby is brought for her to raise, a baby who awakens emotions that she has never known before. But the baby is Tamlorn, the only son of King Drede, and, inevitably, Sybel becomes entangled in the human world of love, war and revenge - and only her beasts can save her from the ultimate destruction...
Patricia Anne McKillip was born on February 29th, 1948, in Salem, Oregon. She is the acclaimed author of many fine fantasy novels for children and adults, including THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD and OMBRIA IN SHADOW - both of which won the WORLD FANTASY AWARD - THE SORCERESS AND THE CYGNET, WINTER ROSE and HARPIST IN THE WIND, which was shortlisted for both the HUGO and WORLD FANTASY AWARDs.More About Patricia A. McKillip