The Folded World: A Dirge for Prester John, Volume Two

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Anglitora, Prester John's illegitimate, half-bird daughter arrives in the capital and confronts the king with his sexual past and the future of his home to the West. Her life has been spent on the margins of the Kingdom where the magical realm brushes against the Known World. She brings with her news of European ships and wars. The crusades have begun again.
Prester John, sees Jerusalem burning and gathers his people to march to the protection of Christ and the Holy Land. ...

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Overview

Anglitora, Prester John's illegitimate, half-bird daughter arrives in the capital and confronts the king with his sexual past and the future of his home to the West. Her life has been spent on the margins of the Kingdom where the magical realm brushes against the Known World. She brings with her news of European ships and wars. The crusades have begun again.
Prester John, sees Jerusalem burning and gathers his people to march to the protection of Christ and the Holy Land. Patriarch unable to rally support of the kings and peasants of Europe fails to give him the strength he needs against the forces of Islam, and he sends his appeals to the great Christian king in the East, Prester John

The closer Prester John come, the more information reaches the Patriarch as to its nature, and the less comfortable he feels with it. Prester John arrives at Jerusalem with his army, but cannot cross the river—for demons cannot set foot on holy ground. The Patriarch who had sought his help curses him and turns from the Muslims inhabiting the Holy City to attack the man he once loved. Hundreds of beasts and men of John’s army are slaughtered, who never knew death before. Jerusalem is sacrificed by the Patriarch rather than allow it to be saved by an army of demons.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The complex sequel to 2010’s The Habitation of the Blessed details the travels and travails of fantastical creatures caught between ancient myth and early Christianity. Prester John, having hornswoggled his way to the throne of a fantastical kingdom, receives a letter begging him to defend Constantinople and Jerusalem. He obligingly travels west with his wife, the blemmye Hagia, and other members of his kingdom to promote Christ and stop the spread of Islam. Their trip culminates in a graphic and devastating battle, and deaths on both sides infuse the fantasy with reality and blur the lines between good and evil. Valente brings unicorns and talking lions brilliantly to life, and her cast of mysterious beings elevates this engaging and mystical tale. (Nov.)
Library Journal
In waging war against Salah ad-Din's armies of Islam, the Patriarch of Constantinople seeks help from the legendary Christian king Prester John. Answering his call, John's "army" of exotic creatures and bizarre species discover they are caught in a war they barely understand in a world that's very different from their peaceful, magical home. This brilliantly evocative sequel to The Habitation of the Blessed continues the story of Hagia, Prester John's wife, and Alaric of Rouen, pilgrim and messenger, as told through the pages of magical books plucked from a book-bearing tree. VERDICT Valente (Palimpsest; The Labyrinth) skillfully captures the style of medieval literature without resorting to archaic vocabulary. Blending the genres of fable, parable, and allegory, the result is an imaginative literary work that should please lovers of elegant prose and consummate storytelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441870285
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Dirge for Prester John Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherynne M. Valente began September’s adventures in installments on the Web; the project won legions of fans and also the CultureGeek Best Web Fiction of the Decade award. She lives with her husband on an island off the coast of Maine. She has written many novels for adults, but this is her children’s book debut.

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