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  • Paperback
  • 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)

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The haunting sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Wood. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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By A Customer on 23 April 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book - the story is captivating, haunting, moving, terrifying, beautiful and, above all, it will make you think.
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.
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By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
In the 1950s, young Tallis Keeton forms an unusual bond with the woodland that lies beyond her house, Ryhope Wood. But she cannot enter the wood until she learns the true name of the meadow that separates it from her home. As she struggles to achieve this, she realises her brother Harry is lost in the woodland, and to find him she must seek out the realm of ice and fire in the heart of the wood, the realm known as Lavondyss...

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.
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Robert Holdstock is a story teller par excellance! He eshews the shining gothic traditions of much science fantasy writing, and tells his tales in 'warts an' all', brutal, dialectic detail. Few books resonate for so long after reading, so that one is compelled to re-read this tale set amid the 20th century, and set against the last 10,000 years of northen hemispheric legend. Read Mythago Wood, the first book, to ease your way into the masterpiece that is "Lavondyss"! A tale of obsession, courage, horned gods and dark longings, desparate quests and Vaughn Williams! A beauty.
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By VMJ on 29 April 2015
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What a book. Robert Holdstock's imagination was absolutely phenomenal.

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.
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Lavondyss is the mythical place of renewal sought by Harry Keeton, the scarred pilot who accompanied Steve Huxley in Holdstock’s earlier book, Mythago Wood. This story follows Harry’s much younger sister, Tallis, who is connected from an early age with the magic of Ryhope Wood. She spends a childhood similar to that described in Arthur Machen’s “The White People”, wandering in and out of the magical realm, her games and play inseperable from ritual and magic. Finally she goes on a quest for her brother, who she realises is trapped in the depths of the wood. It’s a journey that takes her longer than she expects, and to a far stranger place than she imagined.
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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By A Customer on 23 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
One of the most wonderfully imaginative, evocative, absorbing and compelling fantasy books that I have ever been fortunate enough to read. Truly awe-inspiring and also complex - this is most certainly a book that needs to be read time and time again as further reading will reveal more hidden complexities. However, you'll appreciate it even more if you read Mythago Wood first (by the same author - also a marvellous book). Simply wonderful.
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