Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
Mythago Wood is regarded as one of the finest fantasy novels of the 20th century.
Deep within the wildwood lies a place of myth and mystery, from which few return, and of those few, none remain unchanged. Ryhope Wood may look like a three-mile-square fenced-in wood in rural Herefordshire on the outside, but inside, it is a primeval, intricate labyrinth of trees, impossibly huge, unforgettable... and stronger than time itself.
Stephen Huxley has already lost his father to the mysteries of Ryhope Wood. On his return from the Second World War, he finds his brother, Christopher, is also in thrall to the mysterious wood, wherein lies a realm where mythic archetypes grow flesh and blood, where love and beauty haunt your dreams, and in promises of freedom lies the sanctuary of insanity....
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Creative and refreshing.
The fact that this is described as 'fantasy' gave me pre-conceptions about the plot which I am pleased to say were very happily challenged. An unexpectedly engaging book.
The moment I realised I was listening to a book very different from, but not worse for being utterly different to, the one I was expecting.
As always, his different accents for the different characters makes the book stand out as a dramatic performance rather than just one that is read to you.
It is intriguing, certainly.
It is a book that doesn't really sit very well under any 'genre'; it has elements of myth, fantasy, mystery among others, so buy it and listen with an open mind.