The Winter Triptych

February 2011:
9781907881053 – 64 pp. – ebook
The Winter Triptych is a story plucked from a tapestry’s thread. In one panel Liese is a scullery maid working in Queenskeep, where tragedy and treason have ruled for one hundred years. In the night, she chases ghosts up a winding stair. There, in another, Isele is a traitor’s hope, and here a huntsman seeks to unwind them from a curse’s knot. The panels flow together as the story unfolds, until ghosts and curses collide at the top of the Keep.

“Nicole Kornher-Stace is a remarkably fresh literary voice that sounds like no other. The dreamscapes she paints with her words are magical and breathtaking. As dangerous as it may be, you still want to walk around in her world and get to know the people there.” — Ann VanderMeer, editor of Weird Tales

The Winter Triptych is an icily glittering marvel of storytelling construction. This wicked tale of evil queens, mad huntsmen, martyred witches and a terrible curse that unfolds over a century executes its sleight-of-hand in diabolical layers. The immediate tableau before your eyes never flags as it pulls you in with its sweeping cast of characters, coldly terrifying villains and earnestly compelling heroines. And underneath it all, piece after piece locks and turns into place, until the entire triptych unfolds in a stunning revelation of inexorable fate, time-bending wonder and blood-curdling horror. I hold Nicole in both awe and envy: at the start of her career, she has already produced a masterwork.” — Mike Allen, Nebula Award nominee and editor of Clockwork Phoenix

The Winter Triptych is a gorgeous labyrinth of words, a vivid dream-world of ghosts, ruined towers, mad queens, and revenge biding its time. Its language is as rich as plum-cake, but it presents the reader with a challenge as well, parts that fit together like puzzle-pieces to form a story familiar and yet not, darker and stranger than the fairytale we remember. This is a story to savor by a fire on a cold night. Be warned: it will continue to sing in your head long after you have laid down the book. — Theodora Goss, author of In the Forest of Forgetting

One Response to “The Winter Triptych”

  1. A strange mashed-up dark fairytale, that has elements of Sleeping Beauty in it. It is almost style as story: the tale is told in snippets, as details in a tapestry. Wicked queens, witch rebels, huntsman and demonic creatures cavort by in vivid, violent language. It kind of reminds me of Greer Gilman’s work in “mythpunk”–but its both more experimental *and* more accessible. Chances are if you like Valente, Tanith Lee and Gilman, you’ll enjoy this trippy novel.

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