Fiction. The best part of any good fantasy world is the promise that you could get there yourself. In THE ALPINE TALES, that promise is kept. The Three Queens Wilderness is only the swing of an ice ax away from the mountains you may think you know. It is a world inhabited by three strange sisters at mortal odds—and by marmots and ouzels and pocket gophers ready to help you find your way. The dangers you'll face are ever present. For this alpine world was a place of perfection until, by the bane of the Lava Beast, it crumbled into something sadder. Join the quest to repair the ruins of glistening peaks and endless forests, and discover a land you will dearly love. Here, for the first time, all four books of THE ALPINE TALES, newly revised, are collected in a single volume.
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Paul J. Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He has published two books of poetry, Visiting Home and Rosing from the Dead, and with David Starkey has co-edited In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare. He is also the author of Bright Shoots of Everlastingness: Essays on Faith and the American Wild, named by ForeWord magazine as the 2005's best essay collection from an independent press.Review:
For No Clock in the Forest, Book 1 of The Alpine Tales: "This is a romance in the best sense of that old word: a tale of strange adventures and a struggle between good and evil in a world where we are never very far from beauty or terror. It invites comparison with both Lewis and Tolkien because they are all drawing water from the same deep spring." --Loren Wilkinson, Earthkeeping
"No Clock in the Forest takes its place in the long tradition of fantasy writing but with a difference. Willis weds to the world of faerie a precise and intimate knowledge of the wilderness and perhaps has invented a new and timely sub-genre: the eco-fantasy." --Daniel Taylor, Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories
"No Clock in the Forest makes the Pacific Northwest feel a little like Narnia. Willis has produced moral fiction that doesn't moralize, touching issues both timeless and timely." --David C. Downing, Looking for the Kind: An Inklings Novel
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