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Celtika held so much promise It is an ambitious, startlingly original work Unfortunately, it is partly undone by a convoluted plot and certain confusing creative choices Holdstock has built an intriguing world that mixes Arthurian and Greek legend with shamanism, the characters found or likely to be found in those stories, and a plot that concerns the invasion of Greece by Brennus and the search for Jason s sons, hidden in time yes, not in space, but in time by his devious wife Medea.Certai Celtika held so much promise It is an ambitious, startlingly original work Unfortunately, it is partly undone by a convoluted plot and certain confusing creative choices Holdstock has built an intriguing world that mixes Arthurian and Greek legend with shamanism, the characters found or likely to be found in those stories, and a plot that concerns the invasion of Greece by Brennus and the search for Jason s sons, hidden in time yes, not in space, but in time by his devious wife Medea.Certain scenes in this book are stunningly evocative in true Holdstock fashion, and every time I came across one I was reminded of what this story could have been had it beencohesive and less prone to meandering off into confusing situations and long, somewhat repetitive stretches of internal narration by Merlin The choice to make an area of woodland in Britain the Land of the Dead was jarringly out of context with the sense of visceral Iron Age reality brought to the rest of ancient Europe Giving it the name Ghostland didn t help Its presence was too literal and pulled me out of the story, and since it is a central location in the plot I couldn t ignore it.In the second half of the novel the story leaves Ghostland and heads for the Mediterranean world, and the narrative picks up considerably, yet is still weakened at the very end by another confusing development I felt disappointed that a book that started off so compelling and fresh for the fantasy genre could not have beenconsistent throughout in maintaining those qualities This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Well this book was weird A book about Merlin opens with Jason, of Golden Fleece fame, attempting suicide through grief for his two dead sons, killed by their mother, Medea Huh Flash forward 700 years and it turns out that Merlin was one of the Argonauts and that he s discovered that Medea did not kill Jason s sons afterall in fact they are alive in the present, hundreds of years after they should be dead even if they had lived to old age.Jason isn t dead, either he s half dead in the botto Well this book was weird A book about Merlin opens with Jason, of Golden Fleece fame, attempting suicide through grief for his two dead sons, killed by their mother, Medea Huh Flash forward 700 years and it turns out that Merlin was one of the Argonauts and that he s discovered that Medea did not kill Jason s sons afterall in fact they are alive in the present, hundreds of years after they should be dead even if they had lived to old age.Jason isn t dead, either he s half dead in the bottom of a demon haunted lake, protected and kept from fully dying by the Spirit of his ship, the Argo Merlin brings both from the bottom of the lake and restores them to full life A new quest begins with new Argonauts, a renewed Argo carrying a forest Goddess rather than Hera and only Jason and Merlin remaining from the quest for the fleece This time Jason is searching for his sons but the voyage of the Argo proves as inordinately long and difficult as the previous ones and the story is not over when the end of the book arrives indeed there are twovolumes following.The story is set mainly in the lands and time of the Pagan Celts and I ve never come across aconvincing evocation of them it s not a suprise though rather to be expected from the author of the Mythago books and it transpires that there is a gigantic Mythago Wood in Britain, known to one of the New Argonauts, Urtha, whose home borders it, as Ghostland.Merlin is an intriguing character with an intriguing background His mastery of the natural magic in the world comes from charms written on his bones and his tale he tells it himself in the first person is a strange one I m very keen to finish it This is a strange amalgamation, very ambitious, very imaginative, but not particularly successful.Basically, 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 all It 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 This is a strange amalgamation, very ambitious, very imaginative, but not particularly successful.Basically, 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 all It 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 either.One 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 A brilliant novel, resonant with mythic power. ( DOWNLOAD PDF ) ♄ Celtika ♷ 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 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 and a new quest 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 enchantment 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 Alexander.Jason wants to find his sons, murdered by their mother Medea Merlin, in his wande 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 Alexander.Jason 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 youth.Like 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 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 fashio 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 side view 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 Centuries before he meets Arthur, Merlin wanders the Earth, eternally young, a traveler on the path of magic and learning I loved this odd, magical, slightly off kilter book The character of Merlin, the intertwining of Jason and Medea into his history, the deeper fuzzier history and independence from the King Arthur legends with only a bare hint of foreshadowing, was fascinating and engrossing I was haunted by it for months after reading it and didn t want it to end.I m glad I had read Mytha Centuries before he meets Arthur, Merlin wanders the Earth, eternally young, a traveler on the path of magic and learning I loved this odd, magical, slightly off kilter book The character of Merlin, the intertwining of Jason and Medea into his history, the deeper fuzzier history and independence from the King Arthur legends with only a bare hint of foreshadowing, was fascinating and engrossing I was haunted by it for months after reading it and didn t want it to end.I m glad I had read Mythago Wood prior to picking this one up, because the basis for some of the world Merlin occupies is related to if not from Mythago Wood and Lavondyss Both of which I also highly recommend I have literally read just about all of Holdstock s work He is one of the top fantasy writer s ever. Well worth a read, another look at Merlin as a man rather than the myth I found it unputdownable