From Publishers Weekly
Holdstock's fantasy of a surviving primeval forest where legends and tribes of different ages coexist draws power from the myths, archetypes and literary conventions it embodies. The long, Wellsian introduction to the Huxley family and their fascination with Ryhope Wood slowly moves toward a civilized British confrontation with the wilderness and savagery. Unaware of the consequences, Steve Huxley falls in love with the latest incarnation of beautiful Guiwenneth of the greenwoodas his father and brother had before him. When she is kidnapped, his attempt to find her becomes a quest leading to the heart of the mysterious wood. Although it takes its time getting started, and occasionally reminds us that it was expanded from a short story, this is a winning novel with a fine feeling for the interface between airy dreams and sweaty reality. Science Fiction Book Club main selection. Foreign rights: Ellen Levine. November 20
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'Sonorous, vivid and utterly enthralling' Times Literary Supplement 'Indescribably enchanting...a fantasy which celebrates the immensity of love. Simultaneously, it is a celebration of fantasy...should be read several times' Spectator 'Classic yet original setting...Mythago Wood is a haunting book...Holdstock's best' Guardian 'Beautifully written and conceived...Some books are hard to put down. I found Mythago Wood hard to shake off' New York Times 'A stunningly good book...conveys the haunting power of old heroes and lost gods' Locus 'For me, this is the outstanding fantasy book of the 1980s, something to read several times and to rediscover the same delight with every new reading' Michael Moorcock
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