The (currently) latest book in the Mythago cycle tells the story of Christian Huxley, whom we first met in the role of ruthless killer in "Mythago Wood". This book provides a sympathetic treatment of Christian, explaining his history with the barbarian princess Guiwenneth, and giving startling insight into the tragic end of Jennifer Huxley, his mother. The book focuses on Christian's early career in Ryhope Wood, showing us the events which eventually led to his decline, but omitting the decline itself. I liked the book, but was a bit disappointed with the ending; it seemed to me that his impasse with both Jennifer and Guiwenneth at the end could have been negotiated to a more satisfactory conclusion - in fact, it's a bit unbelievable to me that Christian wasn't able to do so. Also, the book just didn't "grab" me as strongly as the previous books (which I would have rated as 10's). However, fans of the Mythago cycle will not want to pass this one up, because it expands our understanding of events around Ryhope significantly further. I do appreciate the fact that Mr. Holdstock is going back to tie up some of the numerous loose ends that the previous books leave dangling, and I hope he will continue this trend.