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The innkeeper's song : a novel
Peter S. Beagle
Adult Fiction BEAGLE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In a multifaceted fantasy told from various points of view, Beagle ( The Last Unicorn ) plumbs the nature of life, death and love. When three strange women (one black, one brown, one white) arrive at a wayside inn called The Gaff and Slasher, the innkeeper Karsh takes them in much against his better judgment. Two of the women--Lal, a fabled adventurer, and Nyateneri--are searching for the powerful magician who was once their mentor and who has summoned the women to save him from destruction and worse at the hands of his most powerful pupil, Arshadin. The third, Lukassa, is a village girl whom Lal resurrected after she drowned and whose childhood love, Tikat, pursues the three, intent on regaining her. When these blighted souls converge on the inn, life there is forever changed as powerful forces wage ungodly battle for possession of the magician's soul. In elegant yet simple prose Beagle illuminates the shifting relationships among the various major and minor players (including an irascible shape-changing fox) who people this affecting tale. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Three powerful women (each with her own secret past), a stable boy, a weaver's son, and an innkeeper set in motion a series of events that brings each of them face to face with the forces of magic and the workings of fate. Beagle ( The Last Unicorn , LJ 5/15/68; The Folk of the Air , Ballantine, 1987) uses many voices to tell this tale of love and death and what lies beyond both. A finely crafted piece as well as a rich, evocative fantasy, this novel should have broad appeal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Tikat
Male
Betrothed
Betrothed to Lukassa; refuses to accept her death.

Lukassa
Female
Was betrothed in life to Tikat; drowned and resurrected; being pulled into the netherworld.

Lal
Female
Sorcerer
Black-skinned and golden-eyed.

Nyateneri
Female
Fleeing assassins; Lal's companion.
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Karsh
Male
Ill-tempered; fat; cynical.
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The Man Who Laughs
Male
Wizard
Once powerful, now ancient and feeble.

Arshadin
Male
Immortal
Sold his soul to the demons for immortality; was once the wizard's apprentice.



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