It's time for the second Flights of Fantasy Book Club read of 2017! I'm so happy to be doing another full year of book club reads, featuring fantasy authors that are new to both me and Rachel. This quarter, we're tackling a novel from author Patricia A. McKillip called Alphabet of Thorn. It's a stand-alone fantasy novel, which is really exciting! (At least, it is to me.) Let us know if you'll be joining in on our read in the comments! (P.S. If you haven't yet signed up for Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017, you can do so here. Also, you can buy the book here!)
Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Publication Date: February 3, 2004
In the kingdom of Raine, a vast realm at the edge of the world, an orphaned baby girl is found by a palace librarian and raised to become a translator. Years later, the girl -- named Nepenthe -- comes in contact with a mysterious book written in a language of thorns that no one, not even the wizards at Raine's famous Floating School for mages, can decipher. The book calls out to Nepenthe's very soul, and she is soon privately translating its contents. As she works tirelessly transcribing the book -- which turns out to be about the historical figures of Axis, the Emperor of Night, and Kane, his masked sorcerer -- the kingdom of Raine is teetering on the brink of chaos. The newly crowned queen, a mousy 14-year old girl named Tessera who wants nothing to do with matters of state, hides in the woods as regents plot revolution. The queen's destiny, however, is intertwined with Nepenthe's ability to unravel the mystery of the thorns.