Patricia McKillip

Patricia Anne McKillip was born on the 29th February (a leap year), 1948 in Salem, Oregon. The sea coast of Oregon instilled a great love of the sea and the cliffs and she likes nothing more than walking along the beach and admiring the views. McKillip grew up as part of a very strong family, full of love and support. Her father was an Air Force officer and Patricia found herself living with her family in Germany and England between 1958 and 1962 and this gave her an insight into the outside world and their cultures and languages, elements of which she has incorporated into her fantasy novels.


Patricia McKillip received a Bachelor of Arts (English) in 1971 and a Master of Arts in 1973 from San Jose State University.


Patricia McKillip first began writing at the age of fourteen when she sat overlooking a medieval church and put together a thirty page fairy tale and discovered that she had an active imagination. In 1973, the same year in which she studied for her Master of Arts, saw the publication of her first two books, The Throme of the Erril of Sherril and The House on Parchment Street. It was in 1975, with the publication of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld that the literary world really sat up and took notice, especially when she was awarded the 1975 World Fantasy Award.

A deep love of music (McKillip is an accomplished pianist) runs through her work and there is also a decidedly culinary feel that points to her own love of cooking.

In an effort to counteract the male hero dominated fantasy genre McKillip wrote strong female characters and these, along with her great attention to detail has become her trademark.


The Forgotten Beasts of Eld won the World Fantasy Award in 1975 and Harpist in The Wind the Locus Award in 1980.

"There are no better writers than Patricia A. McKillip" Stephen Donaldson

Patricia McKillip reviews

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

NA written by Patricia McKillip

Sybel is just sixteen when she is given a baby to raise. Born and brought up on Eld Mountain, with only the fantastic creatures called there by wizardry as playmates, she k [...]

Published: 1974

Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews


Harrowing the Dragon

NA written by Patricia McKillip

Spanning a quarter of a century, an anthology of previously uncollected short fiction by the World Fantasy Award-winning author explores a world of magic in such works as & [...]

Published: 2005

Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews


The Riddle-Master of Hed

The Riddle-Master Trilogy: Book 1 written by Patricia McKillip

Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of suc [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 6.0 | 2 positive reader reviews


Heir of Sea and Fire

The Riddle-Master Trilogy: Book 2 written by Patricia McKillip

By the vow of her father and her own desire, Raederle was pledged to Morgon, Riddle-Master of Hed. But a year had passed since Morgon disappeared on his search for the High [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 6.0 | 0 positive reader reviews