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

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  349 ratings  ·  13 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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Jason Beech
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
Chris
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
Isabel
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
Anna
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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Stephanie
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!
S.A. Parham
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.
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.
Daniel
I love Robert Holdstock's Mythago cycle. That said, each book in the series gets worse and worse. This was a real disappointment.
Serge Pierro
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.
Warren Rochelle
I was disappointed in this book, as it lacked the power of the first three, and seemed to drift.
Greg
Alas, the author has better quality than Lavondyss but by not much .
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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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Other Books in the Series

Mythago Wood (7 books)
  • Mythago Wood (Mythago Wood, #1)
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  • The Bone Forest (Mythago Wood, #3)
  • The Hollowing (Mythago Wood, #4)
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