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“Answer the Unanswered Riddle”

“WHO IS THE STAR-BEARER,
AND WHAT WILL HE LOOSE THAT IS BOUND?”

In 1976, Patricia A. McKillip published a fantasy novel that became a quiet legend among those who read it and fell in love with the world she created. The Riddle-Master of Hed told the story of a man pulled inexorably away from his home and his family by a destiny spelled out in a riddle of three stars…

"What are three stars?"

For Morgon of Hed, each riddle he encounters, each answer he uncovers, each stricture tested and found true, draws him deeper and deeper into a game whose pieces have been set and moving quietly for centuries. Much as he tries to deny them, Morgon is a riddle-master at heart, and he can no more deny that in himself than he can leave a riddle unanswered…

In fact, it was a riddle-game that earned him the right to marry Raederle, second most beautiful woman in the Three Portions of An, and it was his journey to meet her and ask for her hand that began his adventure. But Raederle has her own powerful destiny to come to terms with; within her veins is the blood of the shape-changers that have set out to kill Morgon. When he goes missing, Raederle knows that to save him she must reach out to her conflicted inheritance and find a way to own and understand it, even as she struggles to remain herself. Her story is the subject of McKillip’s second book, the lavish Heir of Sea and Fire.

Heir of Sea and Fire Minimalist Poster

Finally, the threads of all the winding riddles begin to come together in Harpist in the Wind, when the armies of the shape-changers, the forces of every land-ruler in the realm and all the hope borne in Morgon’s three stars converges on Wind Plain, the ruined stronghold of the fallen Earth-Masters…

Wind Plain

Can Morgon and Raederle face their destinies and remain who they were in their old lives? Can their love hold out against the forces moving to destroy them, and all other life within the High One’s realm? Why has the High One, supposedly the protector of all lands, permitted the shape-changers to wreak such destruction? And why is Morgon, prince from the quiet island nation of Hed, caught up in the center of a deadly riddle that no one seems able to answer—

WHO IS THE STAR-BEARER?

THE FATE OF THE REALM RESTS ON AN UNANSWERED RIDDLE…

Intrigued by the story of the Star-Bearer? Take this quiz to find out which character from Patricia A. McKillip’s brilliant fantasy epic you resemble most!

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