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Bertram of Butter Cross by Jeffrey E. Barlough
Cover Artist: Elizabeth Adela Stanhope Forbes
Review by Colleen Cahill
Gresham & Doyle Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780978763404
Date: 01 August 2007 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Fantasy literature has many sub-genres, some of which can be quite esoteric. Certainly the Western Light books from Jeffrey E. Barlough, which mix nineteenth century writing style with elements of Gothic, alternate history, and myths, are a good example. In his latest work, Bertram of Butter Cross, we are again taken to a world that has quaint cities and villages with what seem to be very proper Englishmen, but also include mastodons and saber-toothed tigers along with weird magic and mythic creatures.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Bertram of Butter Cross, the fourth volume in author Jeffrey E. Barlough's acclaimed "Western Lights" series of fantasy-mysteries, is a magical tale of yearning and loss and the tyranny of years. And like the other Western Lights books in the genre that Barlough has made all his own, it is a tale chock-full of mystery. What, for example, is the hideous, snake-necked monstrosity that has been roaming Marley Wood? Who are the phantom riders seen plunging through the wood by moonlight? And above all, who is the strange small boy found living in the ruined hunting-lodge deep inside the forest? Return now to the Ice Age world of the "sundering," and join Jemma Hathaway and her brother Richard, Ada Henslowe, Sir Hector MacHector and their friends in deepest Fenshire as they struggle to solve the insolvable: the mystery of Marley Wood!

(Source: Gresham & Doyle)

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