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The Way to Babylon
     

The Way to Babylon

by Paul Kearney
 

Broken, bereaved and happy to let his fans go without the next book in his bestselling series, fantasy author Michael Riven expects to go home to his isolated cabin and avoid people. But instead strangers seek him out and lead him on a journey away from this world and into Minginish, the imaginary place where his own novels were set, but which is more real than he

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Broken, bereaved and happy to let his fans go without the next book in his bestselling series, fantasy author Michael Riven expects to go home to his isolated cabin and avoid people. But instead strangers seek him out and lead him on a journey away from this world and into Minginish, the imaginary place where his own novels were set, but which is more real than he can conceive - and in danger from legendary beats and unimagined terrors.

Michael Riven has fallen off a mountain. The bestselling fantasy author is broken in both body and mind, as the fall also claimed his wife and climbing partner Jenny. Readers are desperate to know what will happen next in the fantasy world Minginish, but neither writing, nor living, are of interest to the author as he lies in traction and his heart bleeds.

But there are others seeking the scribe out. Men – and someone who is not all human – have begun a quest to find a way to rescue their blighted homeland, and their road will take them between worlds. Michael Riven will return to his home in Scotland; he will accompany a stranger out into the hills and find himself led not over the local landscape but into a place altogether more familiar and terrifying: Minginish itself, a real place more surprising and unpredictable even than the world of his novels.

Beasts of myth and legend stalk a land where the seasons have gone awry. Michael must take up the companions of his stories – Bicker, Ratagan and Murtach – and find a way to mend the sundered world. If he can, he may even find that Jenny’s existence did not end that day on the mountain.

The Way to Babylon was Paul Kearney’s debut novel, and this is its first publication in North America.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/20/2015
Exquisite prose meets paint-by-numbers fantasy in this reissue of Kearney's 1992 novel. Newly widowed author Michael Riven finds himself drawn into the world he created, and learns that only by saving that world can he save himself. If the premise is unassuming, Kearney largely pulls it off with aplomb thanks to his lush rendering of the novel's geography, from the Isle of Skye to the fantasy world created by Riven's imagination. Characterization is Kearney's downfall. The characters are archetypes, not people, and the few female characters are idealized creatures whose only role is to appeal to or repulse Riven. Additionally, while Riven accepts his new reality a little too easily, the reader can't. The scenes set in our world have a vivid cruelty that the rest of the novel lacks, making it impossible to truly believe he has stumbled into a wish-fulfillment universe. Ultimately, the reader is left with the sense of a strong narrative voice telling the wrong story. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780575055698
Publisher:
Gollancz, Victor Limited
Publication date:
07/28/1993
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
4.33(w) x 7.09(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Kearney was born in Northern Ireland. He studied Old Norse, Middle English and Anglo Saxon at Oxford University, and subsequently lived for several years in both Denmark and the United States. This, his first novel, was orginally published when he was only 25. He has been a professional writer ever since. He lives in County Down, in a croft with a boat by the door.

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