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Duncton Wood

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I enjoyed Watership Down, and Shardik, and TAILCHASER'S SONG is good in that Tad Williams' does restrain the animals to using the parts that they ACTUALLY have (i.

The eponymous wood itself is fictional, inspired by Wittenham Clumps and Wytham Woods (both near Oxford, where the author was living when he wrote the first book), and borrows its name from a village in West Sussex. The book raises questions about faith, religion and tradition as well as the battle between good and evil. We are told for instance that the Duncton council of Elders did "business" at their meetings, but not of what nature that business is, or really what the elders did at all.Following the characters was a rollercoaster of emotions, at times frustration, at others horror or joy. But along comes a hero: a young mole named Bracken who leaves to find himself and a way to win his fight against the evil of Rune and Mandrake while winning the paw of his love, Rebecca, Mandrakes daughter.

These parts of the book made me feel deeply uncomfortable and lead me to believe I would never want to re-read, however entertaining other parts of the book are. Apparently, he believed his writing didn't convey the importance and drama sufficiently, so he had to stop and tell us "this was really important! However, he didn’t just take over but he also destroyed the religion of the moles as well by preventing them from worshiping at the stone and killing anybody who knew the sacred chants. Mind you, I also have books two, three, and four on my bookshelves which makes me wonder if I am ever going to get around to reading them, or whether they are going to be tossed out at the next Church Fete – we will see.To the east of the hill live the Eastsiders, who inhabit the drier soil near the cliff's edge and are smaller in number and much less aggressive than the Westsiders. Like Watership Down, which led me into these tales of moles, it had a story and a purpose and a great deal of life and love woven into its pages. Darker and Edgier: While Duncton Wood had its share of of horror, Duncton Quest brings it up to eleven with the Disciples of The Word's massacre of the Uffington scribemoles. Maureen from Lancashire This book was given to me, I didn't really think that I would enjoy a story about moles but I loved it and didn't want it to end.

There also some parts of the system that are almost forgotten, and there are also some customs that have been forgotten as well, so that the moles are using their centre, the silence of the Stone at the centre of the system.After reading these they will never leave you and you will often find yourself strangely drawn to them on your bookshelf and be tempted to read them all again. It's just that it felt that with more confident handling and sharper editing, it could have been so much better. Despite being the biggest, and the strongest, he has to destroy any rivals, and religion is a big rival to any dictator, and put himself to replace this.

All that being said however, Duncton wood was still William Horwood's first novel, and as such, while still an astounding work, has a number of rough edges when compared to the other books of the series. I read this series when I was in my early teens and it really struck me as one of those amazing fantasy series where the writing itself was part of the story, like with David Eddings, J. Further down the hill, where the beech trees give way to oak and ash trees and thick fern banks, is the main system of Duncton. Under the cruel leadership of Quail, sectarian Newborns have taken control of the key systems of Moledom. Having said this the book is certainly not for children as there is quite a lot of violence and adult themes.In essence this is a love story between Bracken and Rebecca, but it is also the story of how violence and hatred can be overcome.

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