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

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

by Catherynne M. Valente, Ralph Lister (Performed by)
 

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The Christian Patriarch of Constantinople is fighting a holy war against the forces of Islam. His attempts to rally the support of Europe fail to give him the strength he needs against the forces of Islam. Fearing defeat, he sends his appeals to the great Christian king in the East, Prester John—for the Patriarch was once a boy named Kostas, a novice in the

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The Christian Patriarch of Constantinople is fighting a holy war against the forces of Islam. His attempts to rally the support of Europe fail to give him the strength he needs against the forces of Islam. Fearing defeat, he sends his appeals to the great Christian king in the East, Prester John—for the Patriarch was once a boy named Kostas, a novice in the service of John, long before he became king.

The Patriarch’s message, seemingly via divine providence, manages to cross into the world of John’s Kingdom, where John’s devotion to Christ overcomes his wife’s misgivings. To Hagia, Christianity and Islam are equally foreign to her and her world, and neither is worth fighting for, or against.

The Kingdom rallies behind John’s banner, and his magical hosts march across the worlds. The closer the armies of Prester John come to Jerusalem, the more information reaches the Patriarch as to its nature, and the less comfortable he feels with his alliance.

Can John and his armies save Jerusalem? Will the Patriarch remain an alley, or become a deadly enemy? And what will happen to the worlds now that an army has breached the barriers between them?

Mythopoeic Award winner Catherynne M. Valente continues to re-imagine the legends of the Middle Ages, creating a rich fantasy tapestry that has captivated the imaginations of modern readers.

“Valente is writing the smartest, gentlest, deepest work in the field, and she’s good enough to do it. I remain in awe.” —Daniel Abraham, author of The Long Price Quartet

“Valente is a modern-day Scheherazade.” —SFSite

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441870308
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Series:
Dirge for Prester John Series , #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.75(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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