A wonderful tour of imagination
When Aldair escapes from the church and the guards in Silium, and makes friends with an enemy, a Stygiann, he has no idea that his life will take a fateful turn, and the past that is revealed is against anything he has ever been taught.
He and Reif escape across this strange land, heading south, only to find their lives take on one twist after another that challenges everything they know about themselves.
For Aldair and Reif might call themselves men, but Aldair has the features of a pig, and Reif, the features of a wolf.
It will be for them to unravel the mysteries and find their way to Albion - the island of terror and of the dead.
So begins the first of four books by the late Neal Barrett Jnr that were first published in the 1970s and are now republished by Crossroads Press. These novels stand up with the best from Barrett like his highly praised Stress Pattern.
All four are now available - links are below.
I hope you enjoy these books. I read a couple of them when I was young, and I was worried they might be very dated, but they aren't. Barrett's writing is as fresh and sharp now as it was then, and the story of oppression, freedom, and racism, is as relevant now as ever; maybe more so.
Aldair in Albion
Aldair Master of Ships
Aldair Across the Misty Sea
Aldair Legion of Beasts