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Lavondyss (Mythago Wood #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,525 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
A haunting entry in the World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Cycle

In Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock gave us an intricate world spun from the stories of Irish and English mythology, a great forest steeped in mystery and legend, whose heart contains secrets that will change all who behold them.

Young Tallis is one such seeker. When she was just an infant, she lost her brother
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Orb Books (first published 1988)
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I am NOT hyperbolizing when I say that Robert Holdstock was a very special writer and his Mythago Wood Cycle is something unique and extraordinary in the world of adult fantasy, specifically mythical fiction. Like the “mythagos” of his stories, I consider Holdstock to be an archetypal figure representing the truly literate fantasy writers who steal our breath away and unleash our imagination with their eloquent, master
2.5 - 3 stars (downgraded from a previous 5)

I am not quite sure where my previous 5-star rating for this book came from. I love Holdstock’s Mythago Wood, but on this re-read I found the second book of the Mythago cycle to be a sl-o-o-o-w burn which unfortunately never really seemed to ignite. I may simply not have been in the mood for this book at this time, but I think it’s more than that. There are significant pacing issues that drag the book down and Holdstock’s desire to both go deeper into
Richard Derus
May 20, 2012 Richard Derus rated it it was ok
Shelves: pearl-ruled
Rating: 2.5* of five (p79)


As good as Mythago Wood was, that is how good this book wasn't.

”I can't replace it,” Tallis called. “If it hasn't grown back then it wasn't meant to grow back. What can I do? I can't stick it back on. It's mine, now. The tine belongs to me, You can't be angry. Please don't be angry.”

Broken Boy roared. The sound carried across the land. It drowned the somber tone of the Shadoxhur
Nandakishore Varma
Ryhope Wood in Hertfordshire, England is where myth comes alive. It draws images from the dreams and the collective unconscious of human beings and produces beings called Mythagos: heroes, shamans, fantastic beasts and beautiful damsels from the primordial depths of the psyche, walking about in flesh and blood. Robert Holdstock, award-winning author of Mythago Wood, follows up the first tale of his fantastic realm with an even more daring one: a journey to The Old Forbidden Place, Lavondyss, whe ...more
Tallis Keeton es una niña que vive apegada al extraño Bosque de Ryhope. Es capaz de ver los seres que lo habitan, y da nombre a lugares y encrucijadas. La trama principal de la novela tiene que ver con la búsqueda de la joven Tallis de su hermanastro Harry, perdido en el bosque.

‘Lavondyss’ (Lavondyss, 1988), del británico Robert Holdstock, es la segunda novela del Ciclo Mitago, aunque puede leerse de manera independiente. Si el primer libro me pareció sublime, este segundo se me ha hecho cuesta
Kat  Hooper
Jul 05, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Many times I don't like sequels because there's nothing new to learn. Authors tend to give us all of their world-building in the first novel, so I'm often bored by a sequel. But Lavondyss blew my mind. It is, I have no doubt, one of the best fantasy novels ever written.

In Mythago Wood, Harry Keeton entered the forest with Steven and he's been there for years. We got the sense back then that Harry had some secret personal purpose for going in — it wasn't j
If the very thought of Carl Gustav Jung is enough for you to want to skip and click your heels together then this is the book for you. Hugely impressive the first time that I read it as the traditional fantasy quest is here transformed into a quest through the subconscious. A subconscious that teems with archetypes, in fact with an archaeology of archetypes, since as the child-heroine grows to adulthood within the collective mythological unconscious she journeys back in time towards more basic a ...more
It's nearly six years since I read Mythago Wood, this book's predecessor, and I have to say that I went into this remembering very few details, only the general warm feeling of fondness I had for it at the time. I didn't realise afterwards that it had a sequel and it is only after this books inclusion into the revamped Fantasy Masterworks Series that I spotted it and decided to pick it up. Now having finished this book I can't tell whether it's because my tastes have changed or whether it's just ...more
Dec 21, 2008 Vic rated it really liked it
We all make choices everyday that allow the immediate world to unfold in a particular way. This was the message in Holden’s book Lavondyss. We are creating and influencing life on multiple dimensions with every thought and action and these multiple dimensions and universes are all happening simultaneously. Trying to follow a linear trail back to where we or anything started is almost impossible. His writing incorporated concepts of reincarnation, transmigration of the soul, mystical or shamanist ...more
Sep 02, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a bad habit of overusing the word “haunting.” Ergo, I worry that when I use it here, it won’t pack the punch it really should. Let me just say, then, that when I say Lavondyss is haunting, I mean it. This book settled into my bones like a hard winter. It will stay in my mind forever. I feel like I’ve lived a whole second life by reading it, and I’ll probably read it again at my earliest convenience just to see if I catch anything I missed the first time.

I had trouble getting into the pre
Back to weird!

Started off very good with an engaging tale between a young granddaughter & her doting grandfather which promised much within the lands of the Mythago’s, as they’re called, however we’re very soon left with a teenage girl & it’s very much a story for the YA out there....... sorry but I couldn’t go on & finish.

Many will like it as its not bad at all jus wrong genre (YA) for me
Murray Ewing
Less a sequel to Mythago Wood than a deepening of it, Lavondyss is the story of Tallis Keeton, younger half-sister to Harry Keeton, the scarred airman of that first novel. When, shortly after coming back from the Second World War, Harry disappears into nearby Ryhope Wood, Tallis is determined to one day follow and find him. To do so, she must learn the ways of this strange woodland, and begins her education in its dreamy, savage, folkloristic magic, endeavouring to learn the secret names and sto ...more
☼♄Jülie 

I read these books some years ago and have kept them with the intention of reading them again, but every time I pick them up I am *SPOOKED* all over again!!
Such was the profound effect they had on me...more so this book #2.
I am not usually such a scaredy pants and love a good gripping story but I have to confess that I was truly spooked out reading this book, while at the same time unable to put it down!
That is not to say that it is not a good book...on the contrary, it is so well written and t
Sep 07, 2015 Shotgun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Už první díl ze série Le Mytág mně uchvátil. U Lavondyss se mi nejvíce líbil začátek (cca do dvou pětin), pak střed jsem četl s menším nadšením a finále mne opět bavilo o něco více. Kdybych to měl nějak shrnout do jedné, dvou vět, tak napíši: "fantasy pro dospělé" pohybující se už na samé hranici opravdového velkého románu.
Prostě draci, upíři a podobné propriety youth fantasy not included. xD
May 09, 2010 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I have just finished this book and I find myself kind of hollow, sad and full of after tought. I found this book to be more grim and it goes further than the first book in alot of things. It is so deep and I feel like I have just scraped the first layer, it is defently a re-read becouse I feel like I have missed alot of it. Not grasping the whole picture.
It was a haunting; sometimes hard sometimes funny ride, to Lavondyss. But it was a good ride thanks to Holdstocks fantastic writing.
Sep 01, 2013 Sienna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2013
4.5 stars, really, but I'm rounding up on account of Robert Holdstock's very heady signature cocktail of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. Only it's not a cocktail at all, but a visionary paste made of viscous golden sap mashed up with wildwood and heartwood, berries and blossoms, vivid algae and foul fungal decay, marsh stems and leaves sharpened like arrows, a hallucinatory mixture to be daubed on the temples and third eye. Set aside your mortar and pestle and find a comfortable position as you j ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Phoebe rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in exploring Jungian concepts who can be generous to reedy plots
Shelves: fantasy
I would compare this story to really nice, slow cooked ribs. It's so good when you pick it up, but you can't help but notice that as you eat, a larger portion of it is falling off the bone. You are trying to eat fast enough, but it's all falling on the floor now and now your dog is horking it down without any appreciation for how long it took to make and ugh sauce is all over your hands and you're just holding the bone and that wasn't NEARLY enough food and it started out so yummy but dinner is ...more
Dec 11, 2007 Ollie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of high-fantasy stories
Recommended to Ollie by: Lindsay
Tallis is a girl unlike others: as a baby, a mysterious stag that haunts the countryside appears at her house and leaves her a gift (of sorts); later, phantasmagorical figures follow her as she explores Ryhope wood near her home - the same wood in which her brother Harry (one of the main characters in the first book of this series) disappeared many years before. This piece of high fantasy tells the story of Tallis' entry into the fantastical world beyond the woods, and her attempts to reach Lavo ...more
Rebecca Saxton
Apr 18, 2012 Rebecca Saxton rated it it was amazing

I immediatley started to read this after reading Mythago Wood. I enjoyed this book even more, due to feeling that I had a better understanding of what was going on. I grasped it in the first book, but still liked the futher explanation of the "Wood". This is an extremely well written book, very original, and extremely thought provoking. Even after finishing the book, I believe I fully understood what I read, but on many levels I am sure I have missed certain elements of what the author was tryin
Jun 11, 2014 Menion rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The style of writing is still excellent, but the plot was difficult to follow. Often, things happened with no explanation for why they happened, and that bothered me. In other words, I generally need some kind of rhyme or reason to link events, in this book it didn't happen. lt seems to be the same problem that happen's in Robert Jordan's books-characters will wind up fighting some weird duel in other realms, with no explanation of how they got there or where the powers suddenly came from. Howev ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-Desarrollos del concepto original que son similares en la forma pero distintos en el tono.-

Género. Narrativa Fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Tallis Keeton es una niña atraída por el bosque Ryhope, junto al que nació y se ha criado y con el que tiene muchos más lazos en común de lo que ella piensa. Tallis puede ver cosas que otras personas no perciben, y está convencida de que su desparecido hermano Harry se encuentra en el bosque, un lugar que la cambiará. Segundo libro de la serie Bosque Mitago.
Theo Logos
Hard to know how to rate this one; the writing was excellent, and the concepts fascinating, but I never felt completely swept up with the characters in the story, and sometimes felt like I was slogging my way through despite the obvious quality of the ideas and writing. For much of the story I experienced the frustrating feeling of being trapped in a labyrinth. This may well have been intentional, but I can't say that it was always an enjoyable experience. Still, the concept alone is worth picki ...more
The first half of the book gets 5 stars, i loved everything about it, but when she entered the magical woods and the weirdo Ice Age shamanic second half began, it just totally lost steam and sense. It was a struggle to get to the end, and by then my mind was reeling with disturbing cannibal and cave man details. It just got a little too weird.
Kat Young
Jan 15, 2010 Kat Young rated it liked it
Sadly I caught onto the twist ending about two thirds of the way though the book and the middle was a little repetitive. It wasnt as amazing as 'Mythago Wood' but it gave you more facts about the woods and Mythagos and the writing was still superb so I loved it for that :)
Jan 27, 2009 Tanya rated it it was amazing
i first read this book when i was around twelve. and i'm reading it again for probably the fifth time. when i first read it, i started making masks and totems and leaving them in the yard for the dog to chew and bury. it's haunting and the best in this loose series.
Michael Battaglia
Jan 03, 2016 Michael Battaglia rated it it was amazing
I don't know what made him try again, but I'm glad he did.

"Mythago Wood" was a landmark in modern fantasy, a book that attempted to fuse the dream-like ambiance that suffused the faerie worlds of Lord Dunsany with the long ago world of Irish and English mythology, setting it all in an extremely weird forest and simultaneously trying to remind us that most myths aren't built on super-pleasant foundations and just because something might seem like a dream, let's not forget nightmares are considere
Feb 22, 2012 Ettelëa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Temné, tajemné, šílené, nechutné, imaginativní, magické.
Owain Lewis
Much more complex than Mythago Wood which, compared to this, is relatively straight arrow. Holstock plundered the vaults of British folklore once again for this spooky, fantastical return to Ryhope Wood. You'd need to read the first book to get what's going on here, and even then it's a bit of a head trip. The early section, which takes place outside the wood in the surrounding countryside, reminded me of something I saw when I was a kid; a kds tv drama about a group of kids and some moving ston ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Jun 25, 2017 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed it, a great intense exploration of inner space and myth in English wilderness, with a rite of passage combined with quest for lost relative and connection with mythic figures from the collective unconscious. Anyone who has ever loved a woodland will connect with this. Quite a remarkable book.
David McGrogan
Oct 08, 2016 David McGrogan rated it really liked it
I enjoyed grappling with this novel, but "grapple" is a word which needs emphasising. Reading it I always felt like a judoka, constantly wrestling to get a grip on what was going on. The prose is as stunningly beautiful as one would expect from Holdstock, and it is quite unlike any other fantasy book that I have read (refreshingly so), but I could never quite shake the feeling that I didn't absolutely understand what the whole thing was driving at. That said, as a hard-core fantasy fiction lover ...more
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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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“you were both hunter and hunted; the shadow of your thoughts was the beast which killed you.” 9 likes
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