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Robert Holdstock (1948 - 2009) Robert Paul Holdstock was born in a remote corner of Kent, sharing his childhood years between the bleak Romney Marsh and the dense woodlands of the Kentish heartlands

Robert Holdstock (1948 - 2009) Robert Paul Holdstock was born in a remote corner of Kent, sharing his childhood years between the bleak Romney Marsh and the dense woodlands of the Kentish heartlands. His first published story appeared in the New Worlds magazine in 1968 and for the early part of his career he wrote science fiction. However, it is with fantasy that he is most closely associated.

This book is the first in the Merlin Codex trilogy. Like many of Holdstock's books, this one mixes fantasy with the early edges of history in a way that I find very satisfying

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). Jason wants to find his sons, murdered by their mother Medea. 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.

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Robert Holdstocks books always suck me right in. The Merlin Codex's mix of myth and legend is not an obvious one - Arthurian Britain meets Greek myths - but it works.

Robert Holdstocks books always suck me right in. Its got a very interesting take.

Book 1 of 3 in the Merlin Codex Series. The English novelist Robert Holdstock (1948-2009) chose to conceive a rather unorthodox Merlin figure: an ageless shaman, rather than a mage, traveling the pathways of the world for many a millenium, storing his "charm" (carved) in his bones (dream-trance, supernatural abilities such as shape-shifting to animal form), but being recalcitrant to use it because such an act would decrease his.

Listen to books in audio format. At the heart of Ryhope Wood, Steven and the mythago Guiwenneth live in the ruins of a Roman villa close to a haunted fortress from the Iron Age, from which Guiwenneth's myth arose

Listen to books in audio format. At the heart of Ryhope Wood, Steven and the mythago Guiwenneth live in the ruins of a Roman villa close to a haunted fortress from the Iron Age, from which Guiwenneth's myth arose. She is comfortable here, almost tied to the place, and Steven has long since abandoned all thought of returning to his own world.

First novel in THE MERLIN CODEX from Britain's most critically respected writer of the fantastic In the centuries before he will become involved with Arthur, Merlin is immortal, almost young. He adventures across the world, and across unknown worlds. He becomes the friend of Jason, a Greek prince who seeks the Golden Fleece, and is involved with his enchantress wife, Medea. Through Greece, Finland, and other lands - and for the first time to England - the skein of Merlin's tale leads to heroism, treachery and magic.

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Felolv
Familial estrangement, one of Holdstock's favorite themes, takes center stage in Celtika. Celtika is mythic fiction that is epic in scope, including space and time. It revives a 700 year-old struggle between Jason (from Jason & the Argonauts) and Medea, the mother of all trickery. The events in Celtika take place throughout Europe, starting in Scandinavia and moving from there to England, the heart of central Europe and to the Mediterranean coasts of Greece.

Holdstock effectively includes Celtic and Classical (Greek) cultures and myths. Heroic deeds of mythic proportions are intermixed with subtle scenes involving concealed motives, magic and ever-changing personal emotions. This book is like a mystery, unraveling secrets slowly while continuing to reveal new mysteries. The book contains a good bit of action, but fighting and battle are a natural part of telling the story, not the purpose of the story.

At first read, it appears Holdstock may have bitten off more than he can chew by introducing many characters from different cultures and moving them in a variety of directions (physical and mental.) I am optimistic that these threads will be picked up the following books of the trilogy. Unlike some of Holdstock's previous works, he wraps up enough clues at the end of Celtika to offer the reader some catharsis while still keeping the reader curious about what will happen next.

I recommend reading or brushing up on Jason and the Argonauts and Arthurian legends involving the wizard Merlin prior to reading Celtika.

One thing I particularly like about this book is that it is told in first person from the narrative viewpoint of Merlin who, like the reader, should know his Greek mythology.

Overall this book falls solidly between average and excellent - I give it four stars.
Laitchai
I read this book years ago. I decided to look it up and read it again. It's as great as I remember. This won't let me submit unless I add more words.
Binar
The English novelist Robert Holdstock (1948-2009) chose to conceive a rather unorthodox Merlin figure: an ageless shaman, rather than a mage, traveling the pathways of the world for many a millenium, storing his "charm" (carved) in his bones (dream-trance, supernatural abilities such as shape-shifting to animal form), but being recalcitrant to use it because such an act would decrease his lifespan - elsewhere we learn he is exiled by/an outcast of time (ch. 21). A young and fledgling Pohjol shamanka, the mischievous Niiv - presaging perhaps the better known Nimue? - is more than eager to learn from him, yet Merlin shies away from divulging his knowledge/secrets.

Under the name Antiokus, he awakens his old friend Jason of Golden Fleece fame and the living ship Argo (means 'swift' in Greek) - with her ancient shadowy heart that is soon to accommodate another spirit, Mielikki - from their 700 hundred years of slumber on the bottom of the Screaming Lake somewhere in the far North (Pohjola of archaic Finns and/or Sámis). Recruiting a new band of Argonauts, including Celtic, Germanic and Slavic adventurers, the Cretan Tairon and the Scythian amazon archer Ullanna, the giant of a man Dacian warrior Rubobostes and his horse Ruvio, they set out to find Jason's two lost sons, Thesokorus ('little bull leaper') / Orgetorix ('king of killers') and Kinos ('little dreamer'), whom were believed to have been murdered by their sorcerous mother Medea, but in fact had been transported to safety through time.
After sailing to the island of ghosts, that is Alba, on the urging of the Cornovi chief Urtha, these new Argounauts step in the stream of historical time when joining the huge army the Gaul king (?) Brennus had amassed of various Celtic tribes/clans, who were marching through Macedonia to Greece in 279 BCE - the Celts were triumphant at the battle of Thermopylae gorge but were repelled from sacking the Apollo oracle at Delphi (see the Soteria ['saviour'] festival commemorating the Greek victory).

Holdstock tosses at his readers a good deal of mythological allusions, not all of which are integrated into the story. The particular descriptions of the material culture, as well as the impulsive heroic fervour, are quite tangible, whereas some of the dialogues are somewhat modern for my taste. The true motives and behavioral dispositions of Merlin and his ilk of immortal travelers/detached observers (Medea is also one of them) remain obscure. I tend to be wary of those scenes that shift from the ordinary human realm/perception to the praeternatural (the river to cross to Ghostland, underground tunnels/cave system to shortcut distance/dimensions) as being tools of deux ex machina. Still, I consider the first installment in the Merlin Codex trilogy an interesting and moderately rewarding literary experiment.

(This review is based on a good Hungarian translation, which was published by Gold Book in 2008, with informative footnotes enclosed.)
Legionstatic
Celtika held so much promise. It is an ambitious, startlingly original work that is partly undone by a convoluted plot and certain confusing creative choices that personally didn't appeal to me, although others may not be bothered by them. 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 been more cohesive 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 considering the sense of visceral Iron Age reality brought to the rest of ancient Europe, diminished the mystery and pulled me out of the story. Giving it the name 'Ghostland' didn't help. 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 story picks up considerably, yet is still weakened at the very end by another confusing development. All in all I felt disappointed that a book that started off so compelling and fresh for the fantasy genre could not have been more consistent throughout in maintaining those qualities.
Celtika (Merlin Codex, Book 1) download epub
Fantasy
Author: Robert Holdstock
ISBN: 0671028820
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; New Ed edition (December 31, 2001)
Pages: 368 pages