Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

Mythago Wood.I really don’t understand how it has taken me so many years to finally get around to reading this book. I’ve come across references to the book from time to time and been interested enough to look into buying it, but then complications have arisen. Holdstock wrote a short story, then a novella, and then a full length novel, all with the title Mythago Wood. He then wrote six more novels in the series, some being set before the events in Mythago Wood, and some after, and some having the words Mythago Wood in the title.
Publishers increased my confusion by bringing out collections of some of the books, but the original novel seemed to be out of print for a long time. So my rather pathetic excuse for not having read it is that I was never sure that I would be buying what I wanted. I eventually bought a secondhand paperback I found in a charity shop.
I’m glad to say that the position has simplified. A new edition has just been published by Gollancz and is available in print and ebook formats.
If, like me, you are a fan of fantasy then I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It is simply brilliant – a worthy winner of The World Fantasy Award For Best Novel.
It is set in Ryhope Wood, which appears on maps as a small wood covering some three square miles, but it is a magical place where dwell the mythological creatures of ages long passed – the mythagos. Go into the wood and you enter a wild labyrinth which leads you through zones representing all the ages of mankind, and in each zone you’ll find (or they’ll find you) the mythological creatures created by mankind in that era.
In the finest Celtic tradition the story takes the form of a quest as two brothers each follow in the footsteps of their father, all of them searching for the enchanting woman they all believe left the wood to visit them in the family home that stands at the border of the wood.
Wonderful stuff!
You’ll find the new edition on sale on Amazon Mythago Wood (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)