This was a clever story. Holdstock does and excellent job of bringing the Wood to life, complete with a vast assortment of characters. The plot is well-developed, even if a bit hard to suspend disbelief at times in the story. An enjoyable read all the same.
One of the great classics of mythological fantasy.
Couldn't get into his writing style.
This English author is a master of fantasy creation getting the right mix of reality with the world of ancient beliefs. Here, children and adults run through a country setting and pay careful attention not to get lost in the local woodlands. Many surprises await them there and the reader will find it tough to put the book done. Keep your eye on this author as he reminds us that our ancient myths are really only shallowly buried under our modern veneer.
Like Charles de Lint, but darker in tone, Holdstock speaks of the mythical creatures, characters that are no longer seen today---or are they?
The mystery of Ryhope Wood consumed George Huxley to the point of madness. After his death, his sons take up his life's work. What they discover goes beyond all conception. For the wood is a realm where myths gain flesh and blood, tapping primal fears and desires subdued through the millennia. A realm where love and beauty haunt your dreams . . . or drive you insane.