by Peter S. Beagle
Dust jacket by Maurizio Manzieri
Signed Limited Edition - $40.00
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OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER
Subterranean Press, 2010; 104 pp.; limited to 1000 signed copies
In Return, master fantasist Peter S. Beagle revisits the world of his extraordinary 1991 novel, The Innkeeper's Song. The result is an utterly compelling novella filled with its author's inimitable—and characteristic—magic.
The story begins when Soukyan, narrator and hero, fends off an attack by a trio of Hunters, trained assassins who have tracked him relentlessly for many years. But something about this latest attack is different, and that difference sends Soukyan on an unexpected journey to the source of his most painful memories. In the course of that journey, he encounters some of the central figures from his troubled past and comes face-to-face with a mystery that is both astonishing and lethal.
Return offers a generous helping of the pure narrative pleasure that Peter Beagle's readers have come to expect. Swift, effortlessly witty, and written, always, with intelligence, grace, and more than a touch of wizardry, it is the work of a consummate storyteller with a unique voice and a wholly original vision of the world.
From Publishers Weekly:
"[Return] is an intimate take on the relatively common fantasy conceit of a powerful band of recluses. Readers familiar with The Innkeeper's Song will love this tie-in, while newcomers will both enjoy the tight focus and find plenty of incentive to seek out related works that further explore this complex, fully realized setting."
From Library Journal:
"Beagle's obvious gifts as a storyteller and master stylist shine in this small tale that is large in meaning and mastery."