Gormenghast

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,049 ratings

Titus Groan Publisher's Summary

In Volume 1 of the classic Gormenghast Trilogy, a doomed lord, an emergent hero, and an array of bizarre creatures haunt the world of Gormenghast Castle. This trilogy, along with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, reigns as one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. At the center of everything is the 77th Earl, Titus Groan, who stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle and its kingdom.

In this first volume, the Gormenghast Castle, and the noble family who inhabits it, are introduced, along with the infant firstborn son of the Lord and Countess. Titus Groan is sent away to be raised by a wet nurse, with only a gold ring from his mother, and ordered to not be brought back until the age of six. By his christening, he learns from his much older sisters that epileptic fits are "common at his age." He also learns that they don't like his mother. And then, he is crowned, and called, "Child-inheritor of the rivers, of the Tower of Flints and the dark recesses beneath cold stairways and the sunny summer lawns. Child-inheritor of the spring breeze that blow in from the jarl forests and of the autumn misery in petal, scale, and wing. Winter's white brilliance on a thousand turrets and summer's torpor among walls that crumble..."

In these extraordinary novels, Peake has created a world where all is like a dream - lush, fantastical, vivid; a symbol of dark struggle.

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  • Book 1

    • Titus Groan

    • Volume 1 of the Gormenghast Trilogy
    • By: Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 604
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 381
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 385

    Enter the fantastical world of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy, one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. Novelist C.S. Lewis called Peake's books "actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Count Me Among the Peake Fans

    • By Benjamin L. Alpers on 09-11-07
    • Volume 1 of the Gormenghast Trilogy
    • By: Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
    • Release date: 10-11-01
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 604 ratings

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Titus Groan

    • Gormenghast Trilogy
    • By: Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library. There are tears and strange laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of stone.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic writing

    • By Craig on 10-03-17

    Regular price: $27.71

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    • Titus Groan, Volume 2

    • Gormenghast Trilogy, Volume 2 Book 2
    • By: Mervyn Peake
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  • Book 2

    • Gormenghast

    • Volume 2 of the Gormenghast Trilogy
    • By: Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 263
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 160

    Enter the fantastical world of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy, one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. Novelist C.S. Lewis called Peake's books "actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A “Supernaturally Outlandish” Masterpiece

    • By Jefferson on 07-27-12

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Gormenghast

    • By: Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 22 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Enter the world of Gormenghast...the vast crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir. Gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets, cloisters and corridors, stairwells and dungeons, it is also the cobwebbed kingdom of Byzantine government and age-old rituals, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder.

    Regular price: $29.84

  • Book 3

    • Titus Alone

    • Volume 3 of the Gormenghast Trilogy
    • By: Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Enter the fantastical world of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy, one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. Novelist C.S. Lewis called Peake's books "actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Poetic Fantasy

    • By Joseph on 07-20-08

    Regular price: $20.72

    • Titus Alone

    • By: Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    In this final part of the trilogy, we follow Titus, now almost twenty, as he escapes from the Castle, flees its oppressive Ritual, and becomes lost in a sandstorm. Helped by the owner of a travelling zoo, Muzzlehatch, and his ex-lover Juno, Titus ends up stranded in a big, bustling city. No one there having heard of Gormenghast, the general consensus is that the boy is deranged, and with no papers, he's soon arrested for vagrancy.

    Regular price: $23.44