AVILION is a fantasy novel by British author
Robert Holdstock . It
was published in the United Kingdom on July 16, 2009. It is his first
Ryhope wood novel since
Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn was published in
Avilion is Tennyson 's term for
Idylls of the King
Idylls of the King .
Avilion is described by Tennyson as an island valley with ideal
weather and fertile land.
Mythago Wood introduces tropes, terminology and a backstory
that are built upon in Avilion.
* 1 Plot introduction
* 2 Critical commentary and awards
* 3 Chronology of works in the
Mythago Wood cycle
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Avilion takes place after the events in Mythago Wood. Steven Huxley
and the mythago Guiwenneth have been living in Ryhope wood where they
are raising their two children, each half-human, half-mythago. The
older boy, Jack, wishes to know about the outside world while the
younger girl, Yssobel, dreams about her uncle Christian, who vanished
Lavondyss at the end of Mythago Wood. Despite being comfortably
settled and living an idyllic agrarian lifestyle, events at hand will
change the family's future.
CRITICAL COMMENTARY AND AWARDS
Reviews have been very complimentary, with The Times Online saying
"This is a wonderful, grown-up fantasy about growing up and moving on,
and going home." and The Guardian commenting "
Mythago Wood was a
seminal expression of British fantasy, and Avilion, though lacking its
predecessor's narrative drive and intensity, is an enthralling
reworking of myth and a haunting vision of love and loss unmatched in
Avilion was a finalist for a 2010 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in the
Adult Literature Category. It won the 2010 Best Fantasy and Horror
Award from the Czech Akademie of Science Fiction.
CHRONOLOGY OF WORKS IN THE MYTHAGO WOOD CYCLE
The order in which the Mythago cycle works were written/published
does not necessarily correspond to the order of events within the
realm of the
Mythago Wood cycle. For example, Gate of Ivory, Gate of
Horn and the novella
The Bone Forest are prequels to
Mythago Wood even
though they were published at a later date. The novel Merlin's Wood
(1994) and short stories in
The Bone Forest and
Merlin's Wood have
little bearing on the events in the Ryhope wood. See the table below
for a chronology of events within Ryhope wood.
Chronology of Events in Ryhope Wood:
* ^ "
Avilion by Robert Holdstock". The Times. London. July 18,
2009. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
* ^ Brown, Eric (July 4, 2009). "Avilion". The Guardian. London.
Retrieved April 28, 2010.
* ^ "Mythopoiec Society 2010 Awards". Archived from the original on
2011-04-06. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
* Morse, Donald E.; Matolcsy, Kalman (2011). The Mythic Fantasy of
Robert Holdstock: Critical Essays on the Fiction (1st ed.). London:
McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4942-2 .