I’ve been re-reading Patricia McKillip’s Song for the Basilisk recently, and I wanted to come up with a list of readalikes for her books. This proved to be more difficult than I anticipated.
There is certainly Rachel Neumeier, whose City in the Lake was directly inspired by McKillip, and whose House of Shadows would probably also work for McKillip fans.
Well, more tenuously there are Martha Wells (especially perhaps Wheel of the Infinite, which has the sense of setting that McKillip so often does), and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Chalion books.
There are obviously many people who write fairy tale retellings, and Robin McKinley occasionally writes magic in a similar way. Franny Billingsley seems like she writes in a similar continuum.
But beyond that, I came up with a blank. So, any suggestions for McKillip-like writers?
EDIT TO ADD SUGGESTIONS:
Rachel Neumeier says: “1. The Shapechanger’s Wife by Sharon Shinn is actually very McKillip-y, more so than her other books.
2. A Dark Horn Blowing by Dahlov Ipcar has something of the same feel.”
Charlotte suggests The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill
Katy says, “Juliette Marillier, and also found Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull popped up in my blog when I searched for McKillip”
On Twitter, Erin Bow suggested Shannon Hale’s Goose Girl books and Cecelia Larsen suggested Caroline Stevermer’s College of Magics/Scholar of Magics as readalikes for some but not all of McKillip.