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The feast of the trickster
Beth Hilgartner.
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1991.
230 p. ; 22 cm.


Sequel to: Colors in the dreamweaver's loom.
Five companions from another planet visit Earth on a mission to bring Alexandra Scarsdale, a young woman earlier woven into their world, back to their true home.

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Booklist Book Review Stars, Sept. 1, 1991 ; American Library Association; United States


Sally Estes (Booklist, Sept. 1, 1991 (Vol. 88, No. 1))
In this strong sequel to Colors in the Dreamweaver's Loom , Hilgartner brings the magic of her distinctive fantasy world into our world, where Zan, flung back through the void, her memories of her adventures as the Orathi champion erased by the Trickster, lives in fear of losing her sanity to her terrifying dreams and visions. The Feast of the Trickster approaches, and the Weaver, who weaves the fabric of Fate, is worried about the malicious goddess' intentions. Five of Zan's quest companions--a Minstrel, a Swordswoman, a Shapeshifter, a Prophet, and a Heartmender--are sent across the void to search for Zan, the only one able to stop the Trickster. In New England, the five link up with three teenagers who help them in their search and in learning about the American way of life (a situation that results in some highly comic moments). However, the Trickster follows the five, determined to find Zan first, and the ensuing race between adversaries and against time is riveting. Strong characterizations and vividly drawn interrelationships (of both mortals and gods) add a depth that carries the story far beyond the usual fantasy quest-adventure, and though there is some predictability here, there are also surprises in the plot line that will entrance genre fans. Category: Older Readers. 1991, Houghton, $14.95. Gr. 7-12. Starred Review.

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1991)
In a conclusion to Colors in the Dreamweaver's Loom (1989), gods and humans vie for control of the fabric of reality on earth and in an imaginary world. The Trickster has torn Zan the Wanderer's thread from the loom and cast her back into this world, leaving mortal Dreamweaver and gods Weaver and Namegiver fearful that chaos will overwhelm their world. The five who, led by Zan, had begun to bring them peace are now sent across the void to find her--in this world, she's troubled young Alexandra Scarsdale. When the Trickster herself follows, she nearly destroys Alexandra and the five, but the gods call Moot to resolve the nearly fatal imbalance in the two worlds. For love of a mortal, the Trickster chooses mortality; Alexandra becomes a new, independent god. A complex, convoluted but satisfying tale in which neither gods nor humans are ever quite what they seem. Sly events abound: the shapeahifter Ychass, trapped as a horse on a farm, performs some spectacular dressage; the Trickster, a Loki-like character, falls in love with a psychiatrist--like calling to like? For older readers with a yen for fable. Both books are needed to make sense of the whole. 1991, Houghton Mifflin, $14.95. © 1991 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.


Fantastic fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.H5474 Fe 1991
91009705 [Fic]
0395550084 : $14.95
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