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Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn (Mythago Wood #6)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  410 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Christian Huxley's father entered the world of Ryhope Wood years ago--and never returned. Christian vows to find him, but, like his father, he becomes consumed with the living dreams. As he enters Ryhope, he falls for a young Celtic warrior named Guiwenneth, who is caught in a timeless tale of bravery and sacrifice. Together, they discover the meaning of the Gate of Ivory ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Roc (first published 1997)
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Mark Hodder
Nov 17, 2016 Mark Hodder rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is a prequel to MYTHAGO WOOD, and tells the story of Christian Huxley, who was rather a menacing figure in that volume but who receives more sympathetic treatment here. Unfortunately, because we already know the nature of the woods and of what exists therein, this one lacks the mystery and haunting strangeness of the original novel. Also, Christian is a much less interesting protagonist. I found the plot very confusing. There were so many diversions that I tended to struggle through pages r ...more
Chris
Nov 20, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mythago
At the heart of this fantasy is the medieval Welsh Arthurian tale of Culhwch and Olwen, but there are also echoes of other Celtic texts including The Spoils of Annwn, motifs from classical mythology and references to more recent fiction such as Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Christian Huxley, like his father before him, ventures into an ancient woodland — Ryhope Wood — peopled by figures from myth and legend and emanations from dreams and imaginations, following a personal quest born in tragic cir ...more
Jason Beech
Nov 08, 2008 Jason Beech rated it it was ok
I'm currently reading this book but, unless it pulls it off at the end then I am highly disappointed by it. Mythago Wood inferred mystery and fantasy, whereas this puts it in your face. That's where fantasy falls down. I hate fantasy, but I loved Mythago Wood because like the mythagos themselves, you see them in the periphery. It gave the whole book a magical realism. None of the woods' characters (except the girl and the British Tommy) speaks English which keeps belief in the story tight. "Gate ...more
Isabel (kittiwake)
In "Mythago Wood", Steven Huxley came home after WWII to find that his Father and older brother Christian had disappeared into Ryhope Wood. This prequel covers Christian's encounters with the figures from the wood as a child, and his decision on returning from the war to follow his crazed father into the wood. Once in the wood he becomes caught up in the playing out of a quest from Welsh mythology (the tale of Kylhuk's quest to win the hand of the giant's daughter Olwen), and realises that he is ...more
Clare
Feb 25, 2017 Clare rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, folklore
Perhaps I should have read the author's previous book about the mythago's world before attempting this one, or perhaps I needed to look into some Celtic mythology first. The many characters ensconced in this story each had their own background story as well as being part of the bigger tale. Some of those characters were confused about their own history and bits and pieces were parceled out here and there while the main character, Christian, becomes embroiled in the strange world where time and s ...more
Eija
Norsunluuportti palaa Alkumetsä tarinoissa alkulähteille, Huxleyn perheeseen. Näkökulma on perheen vanhimman pojan Christianin. Poika jatkaa isänsä viitoittamalla tiellä ja katoaa metsään, missä aika kulkee omia uomiaan. Pojalle on kehkeytynyt sama pakkomielle Ryhopen metsää ja mytago Guiwennethiä kohtaan, kuin isällään. Guiwenneth on erilainen, kuin isän ilmentymä samasta naisesta.

Mytagot ovat omasta tiedottomasta tajunnasta kumpuavia myyttisien hahmojen ilmentymiä – arvaamattomia ja vaarallisi
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Anna
Nov 09, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
This is the continuation of Holdstock's "Mythago wood"-series. I read the book in Finnish, and the translation was, just like in the previous books, very good. The book had the same kind of dreamlike and unclear (in the good way) descriptions of characters, feelings and environments. Sadly, this review will be quite unsubstantial, since describing the plot would be too much of a spoiler for anyone planning on reading this. Either way, I recommend reading the previous books in the series before t ...more
K. Axel
This was actually the very first of Robert Holdstock's Mythago woods' books that I read, and this one I bought purely because of the strange cover created by the amazing John Howe.

I was NOT disappointed, in the least!

This books is so wonderfully weird, bringing you from the real world deep into a foreign, yet familiar, world of the past. Its basically...unpredictable and so amazingly beautiful that you cannot let go of it before you've read it all the way through...

Sadly...this is a quick read,
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S.A. Parham
Aug 13, 2007 S.A. Parham rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A Mythagos Wood book. Holdstock is another author who uses obscure mythology in his modern fantasy, and it works out decently. While this book wasn't as absorbing as I've found books by de Lint, he's definately in the same calibre of writing. I liked the main character, although I felt at times the author was being deliberately obscure without need to be on the plot. The ending is rather unexpected and worth the wait.
Stephanie
Nov 25, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I've been mostly concentrating on reading my backlog of magazines in the past few months, which is why this has taken me so long. Even if my sessions of reading it weren't few and far between, I still probably wouldn't have enjoyed it a lot--I think these books and all their related stories have become tiresome for me, and I rarely know or understand what's going on anymore. Still, I have all the books, and I'm just going to finish them, dammit. On to Avilion. Almost done!
jack
on par with the rest of the books in the mythago wood series! for me, that means that this was great. fantasy with heavy mythical tones.
Serge Pierro
Aug 21, 2012 Serge Pierro rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not as strong as the previous books in the series. However, it is still worth reading - if you are a fan of Holdstock's series.
Daniel
May 06, 2012 Daniel rated it did not like it
I love Robert Holdstock's Mythago cycle. That said, each book in the series gets worse and worse. This was a real disappointment.
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Robert Paul Holdstock was an English novelist and author who is best known for his works of fantasy literature, predominantly in the fantasy subgenre of mythic fiction.

Holdstock's writing was first published in 1968. His science fiction and fantasy works explore philosophical, psychological, anthropological, spiritual, and woodland themes. He has received three BSFA awards and won the World Fantas
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