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The perfect complement to Mythago Wood
on 20 October 2002
This story is closely related to Holdstocks World Fantasy Award winning "Mythago Wood", possibly the most original fantasy book of the last 20 years. This is a prequel to that novel, but it is also a strong story of it's own; rich and full of of the deep research and deep mythology that is the heart of Holdstock's work. Here we trace the tale of Christian Huxley, the twisted and destructive elder brother from Mythago Wood, and follow the events that lead him towards that point.
Perhaps more than any of the other books in the Mythago sequence this one is bursting with interesting characters- the heroes who have populated 10000 years of story and legend awaking from their own stories to join the impossible hunt from the Mabinogion's tale of Culhwch and Olwen.
Packed with psychological and mythic resonance, this book stands alone, head and shoulders above the crowd of fantasy literature. But it is also an iteration, another layer on the story of Mythago Wood and after reading it, you can go back to that book and you will find it has changed as well.