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Encyclopedia > Harpist in the Wind

The Harpist in the Wind is a fantasy novel by Patricia A. McKillip. It is the concluding book of the Riddle Master Trilogy, the first two books being The Riddlemaster of Hed and Heir of Sea and Fire. It was published in 1979, and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1980.

All three books were collected into the volume Riddle-Master: The Complete Trilogy in 1999.

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The SF Site Featured Review: Riddle-Master: The Complete Trilogy (1085 words)
Harpist in the Wind concludes the trilogy: war between the shape-shifters and the land rulers is inevitable, with Morgon as the focus.
The High One's harpist is named Deth, which, although it leads to the telling of an ironic tale about a curse on the King of Osterland, is quite obvious.
One of the dead wizards is Yrth, or "earth." Raederle raises the dead from a battlefield in the land of Hel.
MontessoriConnections: Environment: Harpist in the Wind (1200 words)
"Harpist in the Wind" won the Locus Award in 1980 and I feel 'award-winning' is the least amount of praise one can apply to this trilogy.
Vengeance, which was a prominent theme in "Heir of Sea and Fire" slows to a cold drizzle in "Harpist in the Wind" and in one case dries up completely.
As in all of McKillip's fantasies, there are scenes of high astonishment and magic in 'Harpist,' most especially in Morgon's discovery of wizards other than the evil Ghisteslwchlohm who are still alive, most prominently Yrth, the creator of Morgon's three-starred harp.
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