Why this book?
This was the first fantasy novel I ever bought and I was enchanted by the beautiful imagery and wonderful writing. Fresh from studying medieval French stories of love and tragedy and fantastic worlds, it was a joy to find a modern version where imagination combined with danger and complex characters. A gothic fantasy in a decayed and dilapidated castle that dominates all with its crumbling presence. Dark, and menacing, full of secret passages and gloomy attics, a place of dust and danger. I wanted to write a book just like that one day!
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
The first volume of the GORMENGHAST trilogy of fantasy novels. Titus Groan is born the heir to Gormenghast castle, and finds himself in a world predetermined by complex rituals that have been made obscure by the passage of time. Along the corridors of the castle, the child encounters some of the dark characters who will shape his life.