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

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When the mysterious daughter of Prester John appears on the doorstep of her father's palace, she brings with her news of war in the West--the Crusades have begun, and the bodies of the faithful are washing up on the shores of Pentexore. Three narratives intertwine to tell the tale of the beginning of the end of the world: a younger, angrier Hagia, the blemmye-wife of John and Queen of Pentexore, who takes up arms with the rest of her nation to fight a war they barely understand, Vyala, a lion-philosopher ...
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Overview


When the mysterious daughter of Prester John appears on the doorstep of her father's palace, she brings with her news of war in the West--the Crusades have begun, and the bodies of the faithful are washing up on the shores of Pentexore. Three narratives intertwine to tell the tale of the beginning of the end of the world: a younger, angrier Hagia, the blemmye-wife of John and Queen of Pentexore, who takes up arms with the rest of her nation to fight a war they barely understand, Vyala, a lion-philosopher entrusted with the care of the deformed and prophetic royal princess, and another John, John Mandeville, who in his many travels discovers the land of Pentexore--on the other side of the diamond wall meant to keep demons and monsters at bay.

These three voices weave a story of death, faith, beauty, and power, dancing in the margins of true history, illuminating a place that never was.

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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: 9781441870315
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Series: Dirge for Prester John Series , #2
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (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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