Once Upon A Spring Morn

Once Upon A Spring Morn

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Penguin Putnam
The gallant knight Roél rides into the Springwood and finds his true heart's desire in Céleste, princess of that domain. But before their love can blossom, Roél must rescue his sister from a dreadful lord who steals the souls of those he bears away. Céleste joins her champion on a desperate odyssey across shadow-lit borders to save Roél's soul-reft sister before the dark of the moon.

Baker & Taylor
Falling in love with C‚leste, princess of Springwood, Ro‚l finally has a chance at true happiness, until his sister is abducted by a horrific lord with the power to steal the souls he has taken, and he and C‚leste embark on a desperate odyssey through perilous territory to save Ro‚l's sister before the dark of the moon. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Once upon a spring morn in Faery, the gallant knight Roel rides into the Springwood and finds his true heart's desire in Celeste, princess of that domain. But before their love can blossom, Roel must rescue his sister from a dreadful lord who steals the soul of those he bears away. Wishing to aid her champion, Celeste tells Roel of a city in which lies a mysterious map - a map that may reveal the route to the dread lord's secret realm.
But Roel and Celeste's quest to find the vile lord's dark tower is complicated by the sinister creatures standing in their path. Aided by the Fates, who guide them in riddles they must first unravel, the princess and her knight follow their hearts on a desperate odyssey across shadow-lit borders to save Roel's soul-reft sister ere the dark of the moon.

Baker
& Taylor

Falling in love with Celeste, princess of Springwood, Roel finally has a chance at true happiness, until his sister is abducted by a horrific lord with the power to steal the souls he has taken, forcing Roel and his beloved to embark on a desperate odyssey to save his sister before the dark of the moon.

Publisher: New York : Roc, c2006
Description: xiii, 379 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780451461124
0451461126
Branch Call Number: McKi

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JihadiConservative
Nov 13, 2015

A shameless rip from Tolkien. And I mean a really, really, really shameless rip. If Terry Brooks 'borrows' ideas from Tolkien, McKiernan straight out copies them word for word, changing a couple of syllables here and there. Shame on the man for lacking even the creativity to change the characters to something NOT directly copied from Tolkien. Frankly, if Tolkien was still alive, McKiernan would have been sued.
For starters:
Tuck = Frodo Baggins in ALL but name.
Galen = Aragorn
Fildor = Legolas
Rael = Galadriel
And it gets worse as you read. I almost hope a copyright theft lawsuit by the Tolkien estate stops this crime of a series from doing any more damage to tender young fantasy minds.

Apparently this is how the whole sordid mess started: McKiernan suffered a terrible motorcycle crash, and upon waking, decided he wanted to write a sequel to LOTR (and I think he did so). A publisher expressed interest in this terrible idea given literary form and sent a letter to the Tolkien Estate seeking the rights to publish the sequel. The Estate was not pleased and denied to grant the rights; McKiernan was then told by the publisher to re-write LOTR with different character names as the backstory to the sequel. And the demon known as The Iron Tower was infamously birthed into this world.

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Jun 22, 2008

Roel looked back at the place where the sod-roofed cottage had stood, where now was nought but the glade. Sighing, he said, "First Lady Wyrd and now Lady Lot. I suppose next it will be Lady Doom." He shook his head. "My love, it is as you say: you and your family are somehow involved in the intrigues of the Three Sisters."

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