Riddle-Master: Best Quotes from Patricia McKillip's Fantasy Trilogy

by tandemonimom

Patricia McKillip's fantasy masterpiece Riddle-Master of Hed is full of wonderful lines. Here are a few best quotations from the trilogy.

Patricia McKillip's Riddle-Master Trilogy

Patricia McKillip's Riddle-Master of Hed is a powerful fantasy trilogy that should be read by any fan of fantasy. It is the story of Morgon, Prince of Hed, who must go to meet his unwanted destiny; and Raederle, the second-most beautiful woman in the three portions of An, his promised wife, who turns out to have a destiny as overpowering and frightening as Morgon's.

This page contains some favorite quotations from the Riddle-Master series. To read a review and learn more about the series, see these links:

Patricia McKillip's Riddlemaster Trilogy - Riddle-Master of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, Harpist in the Wind - is a must-read for any fantasy fan.
As with many involved science fiction and fantasy works, Patricia McKillip's Riddlemaster readers sometimes benefit from a crib sheet. WARNING! Possible plot spoilers!

The Riddle-Master of Hed

Best quotations from Book One of Patricia McKillip's fantasy trilogy.

Don't profane crows; some of my ancestors were crows.

   ~ Rood of An

When you open your mind and hands and heart to the knowing of a thing, there is no room in you for fear.

   ~ Deth the harpist

I never heard that destiny is of any use at all to a Prince of Hed.

   ~ Morgon, Prince of Hed

One star will call out of silence the Master of the Winds; one star out of darkness the Master of Darkness; one star out of death the children of the Masters of the Earth. You have called; they have answered.

   ~ Tirnon, child of the Earth-Masters

Do you want a half-truth or truth?
   Truth.
Then you will have to trust me. Beyond logic, beyond reason, beyond hope. Trust me.

   ~ Deth, to Morgon

Heir of Sea and Fire

Best quotations from Book Two of Patricia McKillip's fantasy trilogy.

Something's going on in his head.... It worries me. Because if it came to a choice between a blind step into a bottomless pit with him and a walk across the apple orchards with the Lords of An at their finest, I would shut my eyes and step.

   ~ Duac to Raederle, regarding their father Mathom of An

Things are much simpler in Hed. Things die when they're dead.

~ Cannon Master, a farmer of Hed and friend of Morgon

Having a father flying around in the shape of a crow gives you a certain disregard for appearances.

~ Raederle

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Will you have some supper? I am doomed; you are hungry. One has very little to do with the other, so there is no reason for you not to eat with me.

   ~ Deth the Harpist

Will you wait for me in Hed? I think I can get us both safely that far.
   No.
Then will you --
   No.
All right; then --
   No.
Then will you come with me? Because I could not bear to leave you.

   ~ conversation between Morgon and Raederle

Harpist in the Wind

Best quotations from Book Three of Patricia McKillip's fantasy trilogy.

I wish I could be haunted by a better harpist.

   ~ Morgon

Night is not something to endure until dawn. It is an element, like wind or fire. Darkness is its own kingdom; it moves to its own laws, and many living things dwell in it.

   ~ Iff of the Unpronounceable Name

All I wanted, even when I hated you most, was some poor, barren, parched excuse to love you. But you only gave me riddles.

   ~ Morgon

Learn More About the Riddle-Master Series

A review of Patricia McKillip's series and a few crib notes for the complicated storyline.
Patricia McKillip's Riddlemaster Trilogy - Riddle-Master of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, Harpist in the Wind - is a must-read for any fantasy fan.
As with many involved science fiction and fantasy works, Patricia McKillip's Riddlemaster readers sometimes benefit from a crib sheet. WARNING! Possible plot spoilers!

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Updated: 06/26/2011, tandemonimom
 
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Treasures By Brenda on 06/17/2011

This quote made me smile:

"Having a father flying around in the shape of a crow gives you a certain disregard for appearances."

jaktraks on 06/16/2011

This trilogy sounds veeery interesting.

Dianne on 06/16/2011

I like the quote about truth. Putting these books on my "to read" list!

petunia on 06/16/2011

I have not read the books, but I like this quote from your list - "Don't profane crows; some of my ancestors were crows."
~ Rood of An

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