By Robert Holdstock
Myth and Terror within the wooded area Deeps
The secret of Ryhope wooden, Britain's final fragment of primeval woodland, ate up George Huxley's complete lengthy existence. Now, after his loss of life, his sons have taken up his paintings. yet what they notice is numinous and threatening past all expectation.
For the wooden, higher within than out, is a labyrinth packed with myths come to lifestyles, "mythagos" which may switch you endlessly. A labyrinth the place love and wonder hang-out your desires. . .and might force you insane.
—Times Literary Supplement
"Robert Holdstock's is without doubt one of the voices on the very middle of recent fantasy."
-Guy Gavriel Kay
"One of the strangest, most pretty and so much compelling fantasies i've got ever learn. A surprise of a book." —Keith Roberts
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Of course. But even so? ' Geser frowned. 'Twenty years ago the young man's father was identified as a potential Light Other. A rather powerful one. He declined initiation, and said he wanted to remain a human being. He sent the Dark Ones packing straight away. But he maintained a certain level of contact with us. ' I nodded. Yes, it was a rare case. It's not often that people reject all the opportunities that Others have. 'You might say that I feel guilty about Prokhorov senior,' Geser said.
No, I know you're going to London, but what for? To study? ' Egor snorted. 'Why not in Moscow? One stone jungle is the same as any other . . ' I asked, knowing what the answer would be. ' Now it was my turn to gape in surprise. ' Egor chuckled. Well, would you believe it! But then, it was an excellent disguise for an Other. Even for an uninitiated one - they still have minor powers that exceed normal human abilities. They're natural stage magicians and conjurors. ' I said sincerely. ' Egor sighed.
Mythago Wood (Mythago, Book 1) by Robert Holdstock