The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Patricia A. McKillip
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much, much more than YA-High Fantasy



The slim novel is about many things, and every review seems to highlight something else: "a coming-of-age story that's firmly about engaging with the world", "about compromise and freedom", revenge, a story about parenting and learning to let go. Love and hate do recur in most write-ups, and those seem to be the most basic foundations indeed, even though it is much more about the former than the latter.

Let me be fully clear: to me, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is one of the best books - maybe the best - I have ever read to capture some of the essential problems of the romantic relationship. At its core, it is about hiding crucial parts of yourself to protect your partner, about trust after that trust has been violated, about forgiveness and acceptance, about dishonesty. In short: it is about love and the realization that there will always be a gap between two lovers.


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