Celtika author Robert Holdstock review Î 3

review Celtika author Robert Holdstock

Celtika author Robert Holdstock review Î 3 ´ Centuries before he meets Arthur Merlin wanders the Earth eternally young a traveler on the path of magic and learning During his journeys he encounters Jason and joins in his search for the Golden FleeceHundred of years later Merlin hears of a screaming ship in a northern lake and divines thatIn a northern lake and divines that is the Argo that Jason still screams our for his sons stolen by the enchantress Medea and thought dead But death is not the end and Merlin's trek to the North leads to the revival of both man and ship with new companions a. Holdstock may well be my favorite fantasy writer This book is the first in the Merlin Codex trilogy Merlin journeys to Hyperborea to find his Argonaut comrade Jason kept alive in his mourning by the guardian spirit of the ship Argo They are joined by a motley band of Celts and others on a journey to Greekland in the time of Celtic incursions into the Mediterranean world sometime after the death of AlexanderJason wants to find his sons murdered by their mother Medea Merlin in his wanderings on the Path has reason to think that at least one of the sons might be alive hidden by Medea in time Merlin also suspects that he is being followed by a spirit that is very old and very angry; he can't escape the half formed sense that he knew this spirit in his youthLike many of Holdstock's books this one mixes fantasy with the early edges of history in a way that I find very satisfying Holdstock's approach to fantasy is firmly rooted in legend and myth especially that of the Celtic peoples By doing this he avoids writing the sort of fantasy fiction that is mainly anemic Tolkien knockoff Buy me a a few beers and I'll pontificate for hours on this subject Allow me to state however that Holdstock presents a believable world in which magic is subtle mysterious and rare rather than explained ad nauseum

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Centuries before he meets Arthur Merlin wanders the Earth eternally young a traveler on the path of magic and learning During his journeys he encounters Jason and joins in his search for the Golden FleeceHundred of years later Merlin hears of a screaming ship. This is a strange amalgamation very ambitious very imaginative but not particularly successfulBasically a Pre Camelot Merlin teams up with the Jason of Greek legend to find Jason's children because it turns out his ex Medea didn't kill them after allIt would very helpful for the reader to have a good grasp of Greek and Celtic mythology before reading this because there are a lot of creatures spirits and happenings that aren't going to make a lot of sense otherwise and Holdstock doesn't really explain them eitherOne good point There's some fantastic imagery in this series Holdstock is obviously very creative but all this dreamy world building is obscured by a frustrating fog of ambiguity Too much fanciful ephemera not enough cohesion

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Celtika author Robert HoldstoNd a new uest to find Jason's sonsRoving from the frozen north to the blighted island that will become Arthur's realm from the deep forests of ancient Britain to the sun washed shores of ancient Greece Merlin's journey is an epic tale of mystery and enchantme. Okay so I stumbled upon Robert Holdstock when I found a copy of Mythago Wood and Lavondyss Thoroughly enjoyed the books and have been working on collecting the series and going through them start to finish This series is along those same lines and has a fair amount of verbiage and overlap from those other books An interesting twist on the Merlin Legend bouncing back before Arthur and the tales of the Round Table It intertwines Greek and Celtic myths loosely but in an interesting fashion and draws you in for an enjoyable trip If you're a mythology purist this may irritate you but as another sideview of the myths its rather fun The first book follows the resurrection of Jason and the Argo by Merlin after finding out Medea didn't kill the boys The book traces the search for the oldest boy The second book traces the search for the second boy And the third book goes into an interesting version of the link between Merlin and Daedalus The third book has been left somewhat opened ended so I don't know if there will be where Holstock really does bring in Arthur or not That said the actual story in the book is finished so one isn't left hanging I thoroughly enjoyed all of the books and found them to be easy enjoyable reads