- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; Export ed edition (16 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575083018
- ISBN-13: 978-0575083011
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,449,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Avilion (Mythago Wood 7) Paperback – 16 Jul 2009
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"An enthralling reworking of myth and a haunting vision of love and loss unmatched in contemporary fantasy." (Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN)
Much of Avilion's power lies in the way it's told. The prose is simple, vivid, urgent quality from rhythm and sound and the cumulative effect of short sentences. It's also sprinkled with phrases that resonate in the imagination like bard song, whose imagery is rooted in woodland. With its emphasis on endings, renewal and the inexorable power of story, this a fitting intensive revisiting of the world and themes of Mythago Wood. (Nic Clarke SFX)
"The plot is as rich and inventive as ever (the wealth of possibilities contained in this primeval, haunted woodland seems inexhaustible), but the tone is lighter, with a wider range. There's even space for a few jokes, and many surprises. This is a wonderful, grown-up fantasy about growing up and moving on, and going home." (Lisa Tuttle THE TIMES)
"Avilion is quintessentially British fantasy, and a compelling and beautiful read. Like the wood, it is dark and dense and every detail counts; it is a mark of Holdstock's quality that in the hands if any lesser writer this novel would have been twice as long." (David V Barrett FORTEAN TIMES)
The triumphant return to the world of MYTHAGO WOOD, one of the greatest fantasy novels of the twentieth centurySee all Product Description
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And finally, she did.
Steven and Guiwenneth are reunited. They settle down in the valley in an old Roman villa (a mythago conjured from Steven's memory) and have a couple of children, Jack and Yssobel. Avilion resumes the story at the point when this idyll is shattered. Guiwenneth has disappeared and Yssobel has gone to find her - heading inwards to Avilion/Lavondyss. Jack (half human, half mythago like his sister - both 'red' and 'green') journeys outwards to the edge of Ryhope - desperate to see the world of his father, the Lodge where it all started, the village of Shadoxhurst, and hopefully find some clues that will help in the search. By the time Jack reaches 'the fields we know' it is the present day (the original disappearance of the three Huxley men - George, Steven and Christian - occured in the late Forties).Read more ›
With 'Avilion' Holdstock appears to be getting back on form - it's not as good as Mythago Wood and not a patch on the superb Lavondyss, but it's still a good read which shows a great deal of imagination.
My main problem was with the characters - I didn't really feel any great sense of connection or empathy for them, something which certainly didn't apply to the characters in Mythago Wood and Lavondyss.
Still, Avilion is a good read - I'd give it 3.5 out of 5 stars but as you can't give half stars I've gone for four out of five.
Come on Robert, next book let's have something as utterly superb, complex, mesmerising, deep and atmospheric as Lavondyss with characters you can really love. Please?
Thank you for many years of pleasure Mr Holdstock.
Wonderfully creative, we return to the original protagonist for a brief stint to take up his theme through his children with the Mythago Huntress, Guiwenneth as they come to terms with their heritage and seek to find their own place within the world. It's ideal fantasy fare and whilst some would argue to read it on its own I underwent a full Holdstock series reread just to check that my expectations would be met. A cracking offering from the author and I suspect a tale that will get nominated for a good few awards. Great stuff Robert.
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This is a brilliant addition to the Mythago Wood story. It carries the same charm and wonder that I encountered upon first reading Mythago Wood in 1986. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jody Schiesser
A nicely crafted mesh of myth imagery and personal vision that Robert imparts to us occasional interlopers in the wood. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by Ed Sexton
Arrived in good time and well packaged. Got this as a present so cannot comment on the book itself but my husband really enjoyed it.Published on 22 Jan. 2014 by JB
The seventh (if you count Merlin's Wood) novel in the series and written (25 years after) to be a direct sequel to the very first Mythago Wood. Read morePublished on 30 April 2011 by Karl Gallagher
This is the follow on to Mythago Wood and takes you on yet another journey into the imagination and the earth. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2010 by Pauline Monro