Enchanting worlds …

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

Original fantasy that’s in a league of its own.
Been meaning to read this novel for the last 30 years! Wish I’d read it sooner!
Holdstock has an original take on arch-types and myths. Engagingly told without the formulaic cliches of modern fantasy. I loved that Mythago Wood itself was one of the main characters in the tale. Have just bought the next 2 books in the series!

Eye of Blind by D Wallace Peach

This series is an enchanting and refreshing take on the traditional fantasy genre.
This story is readable by itself or as part of the Dragonsoul Quartet. The narrative is effortless and lyrical, the descriptions vivid without being long-winded.
The magic of Belonging is explored in new ways and the grim aspects of life are contrasted with a beautiful hope.
Definitely a re-reader!

Shadow Dancer by K J Baker

Taut and tense, this second instalment of Immortals of London follows Marney Stone as she disobeys her bosses and sets out in pursuit of the vampire she loves when he’s abducted by his clan-mother.
Fast-paced and action-packed, the plot involves a complex web of relationships including a new born vampire who hates what she’s become and ends up helping Marney! Brilliant!

The Contract: between heaven and earth by John W Howell and Gwen M Plano

A tightly written, fast-moving thriller involving a retired war veteran and an abused wife.
The plot is tense and the conspiracies intriguing. I really enjoyed the spiritual dimension to the story which gave this thriller an unusual twist. Can’t wait to read the next books in the series!

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

A rich mixture of cultural variety. This is mythological literature! Rushdie is a master of both storytelling and satire. This is a delightful read of the familiar (snowy England and the train line between London Victoria and Eastbourne) and the unfamiliar (India/Arabia). At the heart of the narrative is the exploration of Revelation and Delusion. Are they one and the same?

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

This is the fifth time I’ve read this book. I first read it when I was 13. Every re-reading brings me something different. I love this tale of Arthur’s reign told from the view of the women of Camelot; Igraine, Vivian, Morgaine, Morgause, Niniane, Nimue and Gwenyfhar.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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23 Comments on “Enchanting worlds …”

  1. Beem Weeks Says:

    A most excellent selection of books to consider! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on each, Freya! Congratulations to these fine authors.

  2. D.L. Finn, Author Says:

    A great selection of reviews! I see some I’ve read and loved 🙂

  3. Thank you for the lovely review of Eye of Blind, Freya. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. You made my day. I’ve read The Contract and The Mists of Avalon, both of which I thought were great, but the others are new to me. Thanks for the recommendations. ❤

  4. Thank you for the lovely review of The Contract, Freya.

  5. Jan Sikes Says:

    What a fantastic menagerie of books! I’ve read several of these and loved them! Thanks for sharing and congratulations to these authors!

  6. Reaseaorg Says:

    Great fantasy book recommendations, presented clearly 🙂

  7. Great reviews. John, Gwen, and Diana are some of my favourite authors. I’ll have to check out the others you mention. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Freya 🙂 ❤

  8. Libby Says:

    I have read The Mists of Avalon – great book. I agree about the different perspective on an old tale. Not read any of the others but will check out some of them!.

  9. Wonderful selection of temptations. Thank you.

  10. Gwen M. Plano Says:

    Thank you, Freya, for including The Contract in your reads. I’m glad that you enjoyed it. All the best to you, and congratulations to all the writers mentioned. 😊

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