Robert Holdstock thoroughly confused me with his Mythago Wood series, to the point that I gave up trying to understand them. I'm wondering now if I should have read the novels in a different order or if other works have been published (since I abandoned him) that might make it easier for me to make sense of his world.

So, I don't think that the published order is the way to go... Which of his works apply to the Mythago world and what order should I read them to piece his characters' lives together? Thx.

  • BTW: The Bone Forest is the last one I read, then gave up. Commented Sep 12, 2012 at 23:54
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    I love that you brought this up. I started searching into your question, because I read two Mythago-books years ago, only to discover now that I read Lavondyss, with its title possibly mis-translated as "Mythago Woud" (= Mythago Woods, I read them in Dutch). Anyway, wikipedia says this about the order: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – silvith
    Commented Sep 17, 2012 at 9:51
  • @silvith That list on wikipedia is weird, cuz Lavondyss isn't even included in it and it is definitely a sequel to Mythago Wood. Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 4:57
  • @silvith Ah, I figured out how to click-through the chronology on wikipedia. Thanks. Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 5:50

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Okay, answering my own question, I think that I have pieced together some of the threads that link the characters and stories of Mythago wood. Part of my confusion was that I expected sequels to involve the same characters, but many of Holdstock's novels do not. He seems to like to branch off in tangental ways. I had assumed that The Bone Forest was a sequel of Lavondyss since it was published later, but because it is a prequel, it did not bring resolution to any of the questions I had at the end of Lavondyss. Therefore the frustration.

  1. The Bone Forest introduces the Huxley family - father George, sons Christian and Steven. George Huxley's friend Edward Wynn-Jones goes searching with him in the forest.

  2. Gate of Ivory, Gate of Thorn focuses on the son, Christian Huxley.

  3. Mythago Wood tells the tale of Steven Huxley looking for answers about his brother, father, mother, etc. He enlists the help of Anne Hayden (daughter of Edward Wynn-Jones) and Harry Keeton.

  4. Avilion is about Steven Huxley's life in the forest.

  5. Lavondyss focuses on Tallis Keeton (younger sister of Harry Keeton). She meets Edward Wynn-Jones in the woods.

  6. The Hollowing focuses on the Bradley family. Alex Bradley is a friend of Tallis Keeton.

  • Not sure that I will take up this series again. It still seems a somewhat jumble. Perhaps too cerebral for me. Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 5:47

I read them in order of publication: Mythago Wood, Lavondyss, The Bone Forest, The Hollowing, Gate of Ivory Gate of Horn. I’m about to read the final book, Avilion. There’s another tangential book about a different woodland in France: Merlin’s Wood. I haven’t read that one.

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