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2.0 out of 5 stars Business as usual., 7 Mar. 1999
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This review is from: Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn: A Novel in the Mythago Cycle (Hardcover)
In fact, I didn't really expect Robert Holdstock to come up with this kind of a prequel to his older stories. I thought that stuff was reserved for serial fantasy writers like Eddings & co. Of course it' s interesting to learn about Christian Huxley's doings before the adventures described in the original Mythago Wood, but it's also disturbing, since by now it's clear that Holdstock has lost whatever inspiration used to drive him on. Merlin's Wood was a sorry excuse for a book, and this is not much better, even though it's subject matter leaves space for something much more brilliant. The book doesn't have any intensity, not much emotion either. It's so uninteresting that I had to make myself read it through. Good then that in the end things got somewhat better, and the final conflict even offers an acceptable reason for Christian's transforming into a brother-slaying monster.
It just seems to me that Holdstock didn't have enough ideas, and he didn't ever really paid mind to the book himself. If this is all he can do, he should either quit or change the setting. Haven't we had enough Mythago Wood books? The Hollowing was still good, but now it seems to me that this is not a way to go.
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