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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

An early  novel.  Her prose style is still evolving, and you can see some other implications, but still entrancing.

Three generations of wizards have lived on a mountain and summoned marvelous, legendary beast -- a dragon, a boar that asks riddles -- and Sybel, the heroine, is the third generation.  Her attempts to summon a marvelous bird are interrupted by a man, who had just survived a fierce battle, bringing her a baby.   The son of her mother's youngest sister (her father had summoned her mother, a princess, too).  Coren persuades her to take Tamlorn, and with the help of Maelga, the local witch, she manages to raise him.  But he is also the son of a king.

Coren returns, and tells Tam of his origin.  The conflicts of the kingdoms enter her world, and her powers to affect them mean she is drawn in.

It involves a dragon reclaiming its treasure, Sybel's summoning Tam's father twice, a wizard making Sybel an offer, a monstrous beast that tells Sybel she summoned it, and much more
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