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THE BELL AT SEALEY HEAD
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
This is a low-key fairy tale of a story with plenty of mystery and wonder, as well as nefarious deeds, to keep readers turning the pages. The characters are wonderfully realized, and they all have a hand in solving the mystery at the heart of the book. McKillip tells a quietly lyrical story of redemption and freedom about (mostly) regular people caught up in a fantastic and magical world.
Every day at sunset a mysterious bell rings in the small seaside town of Sealey Head. Sometimes the doors of Aislinn House -- the one truly great house in Sealey Head -- open into another world, one full of knights and strange rituals.
The residents of the town, from the wealthy Sproules and Blairs to the down-on-their-luck Cauleys, along with some strangers from the city, are pulled into the mystery of Aislinn House and the bell -- with consequences that no one could imagine. (Ace, Sep., 288 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: September 2008