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Throne of the Erril of Sherill [Hardcover]

Patricia A. McKillip


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June 1973
A knight goes in quest of the non-existent throme of the Erril of Sherill since the king will not allow his daughter to marry without it.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Atheneum; First Edition edition (June 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689301154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689301155
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just for children? Think again! Aug. 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While these two stories come in a book that looks like something for a low reading level, do not be fooled by appearances. Both "The Throme of the Erril of Sherril" and "The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath" are stories that can be read once when younger, then revisited when older to learn the depths behind the stories.
Both stories possess similar themes. In the first, Magnus Thrall, "the dark king of Everywhere" is a bitter, dissatisfied man because he does not own the one thing he wants--the haunting, beautiful Throme written by the Erril of Sherril--and in his dissatisfaction he allows no happiness to those around him, not his daughter Damsen, not his favored Cnite Caerles who loves Damsen. When he sends Caerles on a quest to bring him back the mythical Throme, it is a quest doomed to failure--and even if it succeeds, will Magnus Thrall prosper from it? The second story takes place on a frozen island known as Hoarsbreath, where gold is mined deep in the icy heart of the mountain. When Peka Krao, a miner's daughter, discovers Ryd Yarrow the Dragon-Harrower in her mountain, she also learns that he plans to root out the dragon that coils sleeping around Hoarsbreath. To do so would be to destroy all that Hoarsbreath is--dark, cold, secret, grudging with its gold and stark in its beauty--but who will be hurt more if Ryd succeeds?
These are not easy questions to answer, and Patricia McKillip presents them honestly. Of course, with the honesty she also offers a wealth of sumptuous, vivid language, rich imagery, humor, and everything else you might expect in a good story. Your expectations will not be disappointed here. Disregard the "kid's cover"! Read the book!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not let the cover fool you! April 12 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mckillip is perhaps my favorite writer, and with any favorite author I like to collect all her books. This one I recently found, and (silly me) I must say that I was put off by the artwork and short length. I must have waited an entire week before I read the two stories within, but once I started Mckillip had me sucked in again!
The cover to this edition looks like something you'd find on a children's book. And some may classify this as exactly that, but hidden beneath these magical worlds lies a much darker, adult theme. Once again, Mckillips perfectionist's use of symbols and metaphore depicts the struggles of man against his ancient enemy, himself. All the while, the reader is transported in worlds of utmost beauty and realism that I could smell the wood fires and taste the wormspoor deep in the caverns of snowy Hoarsbreath. And by the end of each tale I felt a new man. Older, perhaps, or just a little less ignorant. Patricia Mckillip has a way of doing that with nearly all of her works.
So, if by chance you run into a copy of this novel don't let the "Magic Quest" emblem along the top scare you away. These are not your average, run-of-the-mill children's stories. But then again, when was ANYTHING written by Mckillip "run-of-the-mill"? Highly Recommended!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Succeeding in Something Does NOT Imply a Happy Ending Feb. 27 1999
By Rita M Cerniglia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
We are presumptious and gullible if we believe that to overcome an obsticle is to overcome unhappiness.The first of two of Patricia's "darker" stories, The Throme of the Erril of Sherill, is about someone who has everything- but hapiness. He is absolutely miserable and pining away for what does not exsist. He refuses to allow anyone around him to know happiness as long as he suffers (including his Damsen & most loyal Cnite). Sent on a quest to find what does not exsist, the poor Cnite has little hope of success... The second story takes place in a cold mountainous realm that knows sunshine only 2 months of the year. Where dwarves live in the fire-lit comforts of deep caverns filled with gems and gold and tales and laughter...this is Hoarsbreath, a peaceful contented place until one day when a dwarf from the outworld returns home with some most disturbing news and an even more unsettling mission. Peka "feels" something most dissettling about this dwarf, Ryd. She feels both disaster and success...could such be one & the same? *****
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Fables Aug. 22 2011
By Judah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Throme of the Erril of Sherill" is the first two thirds of the book, "The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath" is a separate fable that makes up the last third.

The first tale is one of sacrifice and hopeless questing motivated by true love. Well done. McKillip enjoys alliteration and metaphor, and constantly makes up new word similarities -- Cnight (Knight), dagon (dragon), norange (orange), Damsen (damsel), etc... At first I found this distracting (Is a throme a throne or a tome?), but then it became an extra layer of exotic meaning.

The second tale is a celebration of the majesty of dragon, of forgotten places, and the power of lovingly crafted alcohol.

I haven't read anything else by McKillip, but after reading these stories, I admit I want to. Three and a half stars rounded up for powerful metaphors.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet! April 26 2011
By Beth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a very short read, but it's such a sweet story. It's actually two stories in one; I had already read the second one before, and it's also very good. The Throme of the Erril of Sherill is about a knight on a quest for a mysterious throme. Retrieving it is the only way he can be with his lady love. The Harrowing of the Dragon of Hoarsbreath is different from the first story in that there is a more menace and the stakes feel higher. I will definitely read both of these stories again, and any fan of McKillip should read them as well.

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