Winter Rose (novel)

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Winter Rose
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First edition cover
Author Patricia A. McKillip
Cover artist Kinuko Y. Craft
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Ace Books
Publication date
July 1, 1996
Media type Print
Pages 262
ISBN 0-441-00334-6
OCLC 33333954
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3563.C3812 W56 1996
Preceded by The Book of Atrix Wolfe
Followed by Song for the Basilisk

Winter Rose is a 1996 fantasy novel by American writer Patricia A. McKillip. It was nominated for the 1996 Nebula Award and 1997 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel,[1] and was a finalist for the 1997 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.[2] In 2006, McKillip published its sequel, Solstice Wood.

Plot summary[edit]

When Rois Melior, the wild daughter of a widowed father, first sees Corbet Lynn step from the woods, she is attracted to him despite a sense that he is not what he appears to be. As he rebuilds his family's decaying estate, Rose and her sister Laurel both befriend and eventually fall in love with Corbet. The seasons progress as calm, sensible Laurel begins to change, forgetting her earlier betrothal and becoming obsessed with Corbet.

In the winter, Corbet mysteriously disappears and Laurel begins to waste away, much like her mother did. The town believes that the curse that Corbet's grandfather lay upon his descendants has claimed him. Only Rois, who has been able to slip in and out of the woods since she was a child, is able to chase after Corbet and save him and her sister. But the power of the fey is a tricky magic, and even as Rois untangles him from his past, she is in constant danger of being ensnared herself.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ World Without End: 1997 Award Winners & Nominees. [1]. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  2. ^ Mythopoeic Awards - Fantasy. [2]. Retrieved 2009-05-26.