Friday, September 30, 2016

FEAST OF THE ELFS by John C. Wright

Castalia House is extremely pleased to announce that the second book in A Tale of Moth and Cobweb, The Green Knight's Squire Book Two, FEAST OF THE ELFS by John C. Wright, is now available. This is classic fantasy the way you remember it from your youth, true high fantasy in the mode of The Dark is Rising, The Chronicles of Prydain, and The Once and Future King.

Gilberec Parzival Moth is a strange and lonely boy who has grown up without a father, raised by a single mother who moves from town to town in fear of something she will not name. His only friends are animals, with whom he has always been able to speak. And although he has begun to learn about his true heritage of Twilight, he also discovers that the modern world is not always friendly towards monster-slaying knights errant, particularly when the police encounter them covered in blood that is not their own.

But the long arm of the Twilight world reaches even into the jail cells of Asheville, North Carolina. Gilberec soon finds himself bound to the service of an ancient writ and a higher law, and traveling to eldritch places filled with enchanted creatures, immortal lords and ladies, and dangerous temptations. FEAST OF THE ELFS is the second book of The Green Knight's Squire, the first volume of A Tale of Moth and Cobweb, an astonishing new series about the magical worlds of Day, Night, and Twilight by John C. Wright.

John C. Wright is one of the living grandmasters of science fiction and the author of THE GOLDEN AGE, AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND, and IRON CHAMBER OF MEMORY, to name just three of his exceptional books. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, for the Hugo Award, and his novel SOMEWHITHER was awarded the inaugural Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel at Dragon Con 2016.

The Green Knight's Squire Book TwoFEAST OF THE ELFS is 175 pages, DRM-free, and $4.99. If you enjoyed Mr. Wright's SWAN KNIGHT'S SON, then you will definitely enjoy the next book in A Tale of Moth and Cobweb. It is, in the opinion of more than a few readers, some of his best work to date.

From the reviews of the first two Moth & Cobweb books:
  • A sequel that's better than its predecessor. It's a great story written by a master of the English language.
  • This latest offering from John C. Wright is one of his most charming. A modern coming of age story that stands head and shoulders above the genre by virtue of its moral clarity.
  • John C. Wright, the celebrated author of Awake in the Night Land, Somewhither, and Iron Chamber of Memory, outdoes his already formidable body of fantastical works with his newest fantasy novel, Swan Knight’s Son.
  • This is the kind of tale the Men of the West might have regaled their sons with, and if the dark tide is turned, may yet again.
  • I wish I could give this book six stars. The writing was exceptional. You could feel the chivalry ringing in every word. Lifts the soul and makes you yearn to reflect what is righteous and true
  • The book is even faster-paced than the original, and packed with more adventures.... Wright has already scored a classic in the genre here.

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Blogger residentMoron September 30, 2016 4:40 AM  


I have to say, I loved the conversation between and the rabbits, and between Gilberec and the lone wolf, in Swan Knight's Son.

You could hear the deep ominous laughter of the Evil Lord of Evil echo over the horizon ... I can only imagine it must have tickled the author immensely just writing that scene.

Blogger pdwalker September 30, 2016 5:20 AM  

Bah, I'll have to give up my over priced, name brand coffee for today and tomorrow.


and for those of you not yet already on the Castalia house announcement list, get on it. They offer little extras. The one this time is an excellent book called "God, Robot"

Anonymous Steve September 30, 2016 5:25 AM  



Blogger Doom September 30, 2016 7:25 AM  

Have at you! Oh, right. I mean, sure. I haven't gotten to the first in the series. I do have it. It is Wright. The worst it could be is really good, so... I'm getting there.

Anonymous 360 September 30, 2016 7:50 AM  

The cover work on Feast of the Elves is excellent.

Anonymous MendoScot September 30, 2016 8:00 AM  


Now to find time to read it...

Anonymous Question September 30, 2016 8:35 AM  

I'm having my son read the first for homeschool. He's not impressed. Some is, I think, because he's not used to books that pose questions without immediate answers (what is the 'black spell', etc.?), and some because this is his first fantasy book in this style.

He's read all of Harry Potter, and reread more than once some, the early Rick Riordan, Drizz't Do'urden, and others, but its all modern fantasy.


Anonymous Erik September 30, 2016 8:55 AM  

"Elfs", there's a plural I haven't seen in a while. Are the female ones "elfesses" by any chance?

Blogger VD September 30, 2016 8:57 AM  


Don't force it on him. Perhaps he's too young. Perhaps he simply has mac-and-cheese taste. Kids like what they like.

Blogger TheDanielsaur September 30, 2016 9:17 AM  

Looking forward to this one. I'm intrigued by the Asheville setting. Mr Wright, do you live in or near Asheville by any chance? I'm a resident there myself.

Blogger Aeoli Pera September 30, 2016 9:19 AM  

The first one was brilliant.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr September 30, 2016 9:44 AM  

Bought it, of course.

Blogger Gordon September 30, 2016 9:52 AM  

@7 Question: You might try L. Jagi Lamplighter's Rachel series. Yes, the lead character is a girl, but there's a well-written and interesting boy character. The first is "The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin." The books definitely have a Harry Potter-esque feel, but with a differing approach.

Blogger Dave September 30, 2016 11:32 AM  

Got it. The covers do have a particular quality that fits the stories. Vox, did Erkola do this one? She should do all of them.

JCW lives in Virginia according to his Amazon page.

Anonymous Susan September 30, 2016 12:23 PM  

I am still not a fan of this genre in general, but the book covers that Castalia House does for each author are masterpieces that any owner would be pleased to have on his shelf.

They set the mood nicely for the imagination feast your mind will be dining on within them. That is what great publishing houses used to do back in the day.

Blogger VD September 30, 2016 12:25 PM  

Vox, did Erkola do this one? She should do all of them.

She did. That is the plan.

Anonymous Ain September 30, 2016 12:31 PM  

"I have to say, I loved the conversation between and the rabbits"

I half-expected JS to make an appearance.

Blogger Markku September 30, 2016 1:52 PM  

The original art is a watercolor, about 13 inches wide and 16 high.

Anonymous A.B. Prosper September 30, 2016 3:13 PM  

I'll grab the print edition of these when they are out. Don't have any devices capable of playing E-Books and I'm behind in my offline dead tree medium reading anyway.

Definitely wanted though ,

Blogger John Wright September 30, 2016 3:53 PM  

"Mr Wright, do you live in or near Asheville by any chance?"

No, I live in Virginia. I picked the Asheville setting because it was near to Brown Mountain, which I wanted to use as a place setting, because of the mysterious lights wanderers at night claim to have seen glowing there.

Anonymous Astrodominant September 30, 2016 4:00 PM  

A truly exceptional read. So much story in so few words. I look forward to all the rest.

Anonymous DavidKathome September 30, 2016 5:09 PM  

I am reading Swan Knight's Son to my sons now, they are enjoying it.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright September 30, 2016 8:20 PM  

Has your son read Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles? If not, I recommend them very highly.

Blogger pdwalker October 01, 2016 3:32 AM  

In my opinion, the second book is even better than the first. It's like returning to an old friend, but in a new way.

@7 I think I understand why your son may not be impressed. What other reading of classical fairy tales as your son done? Has he read classics like "Le Morte d'Arthur"? Grimm's fairy tales? 1001 nights? (and there are so many, many others)

One "problem" with Mr Wrights books is he draws heavily on our historical literary heritage. If you are unfamiliar with these works, you may find yourself lost in amongst the wealth of classical allusions.

But if you are familiar with them...well, it's like returning to the old friends of youth. (I know, I said that already, but that's how I felt).

PS: Really? End of book 1? Start of book 2? Don't tell me Monty Python didn't influence you ever so slightly Mr Wright.

Anonymous Question October 01, 2016 9:19 AM  

In response to our host's suggestion, I think I may try a 'one small book, see if its good' policy, and if not move on to another sub-genre.

'Unexpected Enlightenment' is a good idea, and I myself am looking forward to October 14 when the third comes out. As to Prydain, not a fan.

#23 Pretty much zero.

Blogger MycroftJones October 01, 2016 2:13 PM  

John, have you seen Robert Sungenis reply to your article?

Blogger MycroftJones October 01, 2016 2:14 PM  

If you think about it, a small geocentric electric universe could be a very interesting sci-fi setting.

Anonymous Clay October 01, 2016 7:46 PM  

It must be hard, having you a "critic".

Blogger MycroftJones October 01, 2016 9:44 PM  

John C Wright, how about you and Sungenis have a debate on the next Brainstorm? Sungenis rebuttal of your article was pretty good.

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