"Dynamite coming of age horror tale"
When she was five her grandfather gave her his greatest
possession his book of myths accompanied by a letter
containing hints about her missing older sibling Harry.
Over the next eight years, Tallis turns into a believer in
the shadows of the supernatural and magical realms that
surround her home. Tallis also remains steadfast that her
missing older brother Harry still lives, but somehow lost
his way in the mystical Ryhope Wood. Now thirteen, she
feels obsessed to help Harry, who she senses is in danger,
but not sure from what.
Taking the magic that her grandfather left her and using
the clues in his letter, Tallis, frightened by the unknown
she ventures towards, follows Harry's trail into the
Otherworld until the ancient forest turns into the
horrific realm of Lavondyss. If she survives the early
tests, there the Mythagos will confront the teen. Soon she
will know that her goal is not just to try to save Harry,
but to survive her ordeal.
LAVONDYSS is a strong coming of age horror tale that teens
and adult will enjoy. The story line is action-packed once
Tallis takes that first step out of her haven into the
realm of deadly mythos. The Mythagos is an intriguing
creature created by the "physical manifestations of the
legends of humanity's collective unconscious" of which
Tallis' fears and courage surely adds layers. The story
line never slows down as this sequel to the wonderful
MYTHAGOS WOOD is a delightful stand alone tale that
readers will shiver and appreciate as they join Tallis on
her mission into the dangerous unknown.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 16, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 22, 2007