- Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); Reprint edition (Jan. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380711842
- ISBN-13: 978-0380711840
- Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.9 x 17.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,133,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lavondyss Paperback – Jan 1991
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The haunting sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Wood. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Robert Holdstock is the winner of the World Fantasy Award for his classic fantasy novel MYTHAGO WOOD. He is regarded as one of the 20th century's leading writers of myth and fantasy, and has written novels for over twenty years, including the MYTHAGO sequence, the novel of John Boorman's film, THE EMERALD FOREST and THE FETCH. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's maybe not as immediately accessible as its' predecessor 'Mythago Wood', but the complexities of Lavondyss make it far, far more readable and as a result will sustain further re-readings.
If you like to THINK when you read a book and like to have your imagination fired with a wonderfully written fantasy, then give this a try. I doubt if you'll regret it.
Lavondyss is a stand-alone companion novel to Robert Holdstock's earlier Mythago Wood. Although set after the earlier novel and exploring (tangentially) the fate of one of its characters, the book does not require foreknowledge of the first novel. Instead, it focuses on 13-year-old Tallis and her quest to find a way into the forest using rituals, masks and the power of myth and story.
Lavondyss is a brain-melting, complex novel that juggles a huge number of ideas and themes. Mythago Wood is an exemplary exploration of the ideas of mythology and where those images that resonate so strongly with us come from, but it's very much a high school diploma compared to Lavondyss' Ph.D in metamorphic imagery. Despite only being about 450 pages long, it took me weeks to read this book as I had to analyse and re-read almost every single paragraph to make sure I was grasping what the author was saying. Getting to the end and consulting the book's entry in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, I'm still not entirely sure I did 'get' it in the end, but looking at other online reviews it appears that this reaction is not uncommon. Lavondyss is an astonishingly dense and layered novel that I suspect will require multiple re-reads before a true comprehension emerges.Read more ›
Of course he's taken traditional myths and folklore, but the way they have been woven into his story is truly wonderful.
The story is full of hope, enchantment, love and belonging interspersed with grief, cruelty and longing.
I never include a synopsis in my reviews - that's what the book is for, but the breadth of this particular tale is remarkable and each page brings fresh wonders.
A tremendous work to read as part of the Mythago Wood series or as a stand alone novel.
A bit of a shift in intensity from the first book, Lavondyss is much weirder. There is (at moments, quite literally) much less of a solid ground to the tale, as it sacrifices unity of story to the fantastic images and mini-dramas thrown up by its dream-like, shamanic logic. In this sense, it is a very different book to Mythago Wood — less a story, more a mystic vision quest. I think, though, that Holdstock’s Ryhope Wood series is less about following one story, and more about the accretion of mythical images, much like the magical wood itself.
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Harder going than the first. Overworking the one idea is becoming a little tedious.Published 5 months ago by andton
I'm obviously struggling to be interested in his book. Heralded as great fantasy literature but I'm bored. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2014 by Paul T
Mythago Wood series are really worth reading. Strongly recommended to anyone who's still interested in written fiction and definitely to those, who are interested in anthropology... Read morePublished on 9 May 2013 by Khosmos
Robert Holdstock was a great outstanding creator of mythology. A truly incredible read with a great uplifting ending, leaving you wanting to read more of his fantastic work.Published on 8 Feb. 2013 by Neil Alexander Morrow
Mythago Wood was not only a powerful creation, it made a great novel with a potent story line. Lavondyss suffers here. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2007 by Glidd of Glood
Lavondyss tells the story of Tallis, Harry Keeton's much younger sister. Tallis is a strange little girl who likes to listen to Gaunt the old gardner's folk tales, and to bards'... Read morePublished on 23 July 2006 by Stephanie Noverraz