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ISBN: 9780765330260496 Pages
Christine, the princess and heir to the real world of Chrysanthe, is kidnapped as a small child by a powerful magician and exiled in a Made World that is a version of our present reality. In exile, supervised by her strict "uncle"(actually a wizard in disguise), she undergoes bogus memory recovery therapy, through which she is forced to remember childhood rape and abuse by her parents and others. She is terribly stunted emotionally by this terrifying plot, but at seventeen discovers it is all a lie. Christine escapes with a rescuer, Sir Quentin, a knight from Chrysanthe, in a thrilling chase across realities.
Once home, the magical standoff caused by her exile is broken, and a war begins, in spite of the best efforts of her father, the king, and his wizard, Melogian. And that war, which takes up nearly the last third of the work, is a marvel of magical invention and terror, a battle between good and evil forces that resounds with echoes of the great battles of fantasy literature.
1. A Make-believe Princess
"Once upon a time," came Tap Fullmoon's voice, "there was a little princess named Christine who lived with her uncle."
Christine burrowed her head deeper into her pillow, cold where the fabric was still...
Chrysanthe by Yves Meynard
Christine, the princess of the real world of Chrysanthe, is kidnapped as a small child and forced to live in a false Made World, where she undergoes bogus memory recovery therapy. Forced to remember terrifying childhood abuse, Christine is terribly stunted emotionally by this terrifying plot, but at seventeen discovers it is all a lie. Joined by a knight of Chrysanthe, Christine returns home, only to discover that her return sets off a brutal war between good and evil.Share This
Praise for Chrysanthe
“Elegantly written and immensely enjoyable…pure delight.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer on Book of Knights
“Here is literary alchemy of the highest order, resulting in seamless Art.” —Terence M. Green, author of Shadow of Ashland on Book of Knights
“The author's lyrical style accentuates…this intensely compact tale of self-discovery. Transcending the fantasy genre, this novel belongs in most libraries.” —Library Journal on Book of Knights
“A coming-of-age tale of a young man desperate to become a knight. Meynard's writing is deft, creating evocative imagery with the simplest language.” —Publishers Weekly on Book of Knights