Winter Rose (novel)
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|Author||Patricia A. McKillip|
|Cover artist||Kinuko Y. Craft|
|Publication date||July 1, 1996|
|Dewey Decimal||813/.54 20|
|LC Classification||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 Patricia A. McKillip. It was nominated for the 1996 Nebula Award  and was a finalist for the 1997 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. It is based on the Tam Lin legend.
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 isn't 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.
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