Once Upon a Winter's Night

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Penguin, Jul 1, 2002 - Fiction - 432 pages
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The bestselling author of the Mithgar novels presents a new version of a fable that fires the imagination and touches the heart...

Once upon a winter's night, a poor crofter trades his daughter Camille to wed Prince Alain of the Summerwood in exchange for a lifetime of riches. Though love blossoms between Camille and the prince, he is haunted by sadness and will not allow her to see his unmasked face. Believing she can lift whatever curse has been bestowed upon him, Camille acts on her own—with devastating results, as all she loves is swept away.

Now, to regain what she has lost, she must embark on a desperate quest through the hinterlands of Faery, seeking a mysterious place lycing somewhere east of the sun and west of the moon...
 

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User Review  - krisiti - LibraryThing

Charming, lovely fairy-tale. A retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, with flavour of [b:Beauty and the Beast, but even more of Cupid and Psyche. Not deep or memorable, but very nice indeed ... Read full review

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User Review  - leld - LibraryThing

Eh. It's a short, easy read. Cute, fun story. I felt that McKiernan pushed his views a little too much though. The story flow is interrupted and it's a bit preachy. Read full review

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Contents

Candle
Desolation
Mere
Grass
Giant
Staff
Everted
Bower

Summerwood
Mansion
Masque
Alain
Idyll
Siblings
Journey
Homecoming
Images
City
Bard
Firedrake
Future
Present
Past
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Dennis L. McKiernan is a bestselling author of more than 30 works of fantasy, including the acclaimed Mithgar series. His many novels include Stolen Crown, Red Slippers: More Tales of Mithgar, and Once Upon a Dreadful Time. Never one to sit too long idle, Dennis has also written a graphic novel, The Vulgmaster, and several short stories and novelettes that have appeared in various anthologies. He lives in Arizona with his wife, Martha Lee McKiernan.

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