The Not-World: One would not have expected to find the last hideout of the ancient weird folk of legend and prehistory in an English forest of two centuries ago - and yet in that land which has always been haunted by the lore of little folk there had to be some truth behind such universal belief.
In this tale of the time of Rome and the Celtic kingdoms, Swann tells the story of the retreat of the pagan gods and all their array of sprites and nymphs and little folk. Facing the ruthless practicality of the new religion which denies their very right to exist, the varied prehumans face utter destruction unless they can find a sanctuary beyond detection.
Thomas Burnett Swann was a brilliant fantasy writer who died in 1976. He wrote primarily about the ancient Greek and Roman world, blending myth with romance and adventure. A reviewer in the Village Voice sums his work up well: "Swann's neo-romantic fantasies of the past are unique. He uses the stuff of myth but with twists and inventions of his own."
Queens Walk in the Dusk is a retelling of the romance of Dido and Aeneas. It is a companion volume to Green Phoenix.
Swann takes the listener to Ancient Egypt, the Egypt of Pharoahs and beast-headed gods, beyond whose borders lay the jungles and kingdoms of whisper and legend. This is the story of a young Pharoah, of his journey beyond those mystical borders, of his meeting with ghosts, gods, and the marvelous minikins.
In the time of the Etruscans, the half-forgotten civilization that preceded Rome, centaurs, fauns, and other manlike races still existed alongside humanity. Between mankind and the Weir Ones was constant fear and distrust. When the arrogant nobleman Lars Velcha enslaved one of these creatures, the fear and distrust turned into open warfare.
The Weirwoods is an unforgettable novel of mystery and magic at the dawn of history, by the celebrated author of Lady of the Bees and The Green Phoenix.
"Prejudice and friendship"