Annal: 1997 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

Results of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in the year 1997.

Book:The Wood Wife

The Wood Wife

Terri Windling

Leaving behind her fashionable West Coast life, Maggie Black comes to the Southwestern desert to pursue her passion and her dream. Her mentor, the acclaimed poet Davis Cooper, has mysteriously died in the canyons east of Tucson, bequeathing her his estate and the mystery of his life—and death.

Maggie is astonish by the power of this harsh but beautiful land and captivated by the uncommon people who call it home—especially Fox, a man unlike any she has ever known, who understands the desert’s special power.

As she reads Cooper’s letters and learns the secrets of his life, Maggie comes face-to-face withe the wild, ancient spirits of the desert—and discovers the hidden power at its heart, a power that will take her on a journey like no other.

Book:Book of the Long Sun series

Book of the Long Sun series

Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Long Sun tetralogy, suffused with looming transcendence and theophany, ranks as one of the greatest literary achievements of 20th-century science fiction. Wolfe takes familiar speculative fiction tropes and embeds them in a tale so complex and wonderful that readers may find themselves wondering whether what they’re reading is science fiction, fantasy, or something different altogether.

The story of Patera Silk, a devout priest whose destiny is wrapped up with the gods he serves, takes place within the Whorl, a vast, cylindrical starship that has traveled for generations and is crumbling into disrepair.

Book:Fair Peril

Fair Peril

Nancy Springer

Buffy, a fat, fortyish divorced mother encounters a talking frog, and ignoring the warnings of fairy tales, does not turn the frog back into a prince. Instead, she takes him home, and trouble ensues when Buffy’s teenage daughter Emily and the frog disappear into the land of Fair Peril. It is up to Buffy to rescue Emily and, in the process, learn that magic does exist in the most ordinary of lives.

Book:One for the Morning Glory

One for the Morning Glory

John Barnes

It is said (by whom, we are not certain) that a child who tastes the Wine of the Gods too early is only half a person afterwards. Young Prince Amatus learned all too well the bitter truth of that ancient saying when he secretly sipped the forbidden elixir, leaving him literally half the lad he’d once been—not just a figure of speech; indeed, his left side vanished without a trace. His father, the fierce but fair King Boniface, was (only a figure of speech in this instance) beside himself, and the royal retainers responsible for the mishap were punished severely, leaving the young prince entirely without protectors.

But a year and a day later, four mysterious strangers appeared to take their places. And since a year and a day is an auspicious time in tales of this sort, it was clear to the King that Great Matters Were Afoot. There were whispers that these odd outlanders were not what they seemed, and King Boniface had many misgivings, but at last he relented—just as well, or there would…[more]

Book:Winter Rose

Winter Rose

Patricia A. McKillip

Sorrow and trouble and bitterness will hound you and yours and the children of yours…

Some said the dying words of Nial Lynn, murdered by his own son, were a wicked curse. To others, it was a winter’s tale spun by firelight on cold, dark nights. But when Corbet Lynn came to rebuild his family estate, memories of his grandfather’s curse were rekindled by young and old—and rumors filled the heavy air of summer.

In the woods that border Lynn Hall, free-spirited Rois Melior roams wild and barefooted in search of healing herbs. She is as hopelessly unbridled—and unsuited for marriage—as her betrothed sister Laurel is domestic. In Corbet’s pale green eyes, Rois senses a desperate longing. In her restless dreams, mixed with the heady warmth of harvest wine, she hears him beckon. And as autumn gold fades, Rois is consumed with Corbet Lynn, obsessed with his secret past—until, across the frozen countryside and in flight from her own imagination, truth and dreams become inseparable…

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