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Everyone in the kingdom of Serre avoids the Mother of All Witches, an ugly, powerful and dangerous woman who lives in the forest. When the Prince of Serre, blinded by grief at the death of his wife and their newborn, rides down the witch's white hen, he earns her curse. Prince Ronan believes nothing can be worse than what he has already experienced, but he soon discovers that he is wrong. The curse of the witch in the Forest of Serre has only begun to exert its baleful influence...
Patricia A. McKillip (1948 - )
Patricia Anne McKillip was born on February 29th, 1948, in Salem, Oregon. She is the acclaimed author of many fine fantasy novels for children and adults, including The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Ombria in Shadow - both of which won the World Fantasy Award - The Sorceress and the Cygnet, Winter Rose and Harpist in the Wind, which was shortlisted for both the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.