Silverlock is an epic fantasy romp in which a dreary young cynic named A. Clarence Shandon is shipwrecked on the shores of the living land of all human imagination, where every character of myth and fiction great enough to be remembered for generations -- is.
Guided by all the world's bards rolled up in one rowdy little archetype named Golias, Shandon (quickly nicknamed "Silverlock") journeys through encounters from Robin Hood to Faust, with romance and battle, grief and a lot of bawdy songs liberally mixed in, and his spirit is brought to life.
The story is thickly woven with mythic, literary and historical reference -- so many that, no matter how well-read you are, you'll end up being turned on to something new.
It is also liberally sprinkled with original poems and songs, from a gentle sweet lament for a missing lover to a boisterous drinking song from the Babylonian gods. Many of these have been put to music and shared widely among fantasy fans. I can't print them all here. You're going to have to read the book. Really. You have to.
The book is out of print, but you can find it. It's worth it. It's recognized among the Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works.
What I can do here is to provide some references for the rich background of the book -- what is Orthroerir? Where is the Boss of Arden? Who was that masked man?
October 1998: My copy of The Silverlock Companion is here! I will soon be able to fill in more.
But let's get started.
I invoke the Commonwealth...
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