Castalia house has a new book out by the inimitable John C Wright, and the beginning of yet another new series.

We are very pleased and proud to announce the beginning of a brand new YA fantasy series from John C. Wright that we anticipate may one day be worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as classic fantasy series such as The Dark is Rising and The Chronicles of Prydain. The book is the first in a new duodecilogy called Moth & Cobweb, and the first book in the series is THE GREEN KNIGHT’S SQUIRE: SWAN KNIGHT’S SON.

Gilberic 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. But when he awakens one night at the Thirteenth Hour, and sees for the first time the dark reality of the secret rule of Elf over Man, he begins to learn about his true heritage, the heritage of Twilight

The praise of John Wright is not exaggeration. He professes he is not worthy of comparison to Gene Wolfe, but if true, he is not far shy of those heights of literary mastery. The Countdown to the Eschaton series is riproaring fun with too many deep concepts assumed and thrown away as one-liners to count. The stories in City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis are a fresh look at the perils of time travel. And Awake in the Nightland? A masterpiece.