Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn

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A must for all readers of Holdstock - the story that precedes MYTHAGO WOOD This novel tells the story which precedes MYTHAGO WOOD. Steven Huxley's father, George, and brother, Christian, are the protagonists, and George's discovery of the primeval woodland which holds the "mythagos" - figures from myth, legend or dream - is detailed. Christian's introduction to the wood is fasciantingly drawn and in many ways this is the most fantastical of the entire series.

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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. Robert Holdstock was born in Kent, and lives in North London.

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Another of Holdstock's Mythago Wood series (The Hollowing, 1994, etc.) about a primeval woodland where space and time are distorted and where ``mythagos,'' figures from myth, legend, or dream, become real. Chronologically, this entry comes first in the series, and tells the story of George Huxley, his adult son, Christian, and their mutual obsession with the mythago Guiwenneth, the beautiful red-haired warrior princess from pre-Roman times. Chris's mother, Jennifer, crushed by the whole business, hangs herself from an oak tree after the Arthurian champion Kylhuk emerges from the woods to mark young Chris as his ``slathan,'' a mysterious term not explicated until much later. When Chris returns from WW II, he, like his father, enters the wood in pursuit of Guiwenneth and finds himself bound to Kylhuk's warriors, who must fight the evil sons of Kyrdu over the fate of another hero, Mabon, entombed alive inside a giant tree. Holdstock's figures, from the Welsh Mabinogion, Irish and British myth, are recognizably human despite their mythic origins and magical surroundings. Holdstock's remarkable creation, drawing skillfully upon such rich, resonant background material, exerts an endless fascination. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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