Titus Groan (Paperback)
Behold, one of the most influential British fantasy authors that you have never heard of before. Peake was a contemporary of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and wrote this series during World War II when Europe was in the thick of it. Titus Groan begins this weird anti-monarchy fantasy that was written as an anti-fascist statement (and illustrated by the author too!). It's about a long-reigning noble family of miscreants who are absurd and stuck in their traditions and one grasping, Machiavellian kitchen boy determined to take them down. The best anti-hero ever, the best weird customs, the origin of Mannerpunk... I could go on and on. There are three originating with Peake with a fourth written recently by Peake's wife (he died in the 60's from Parkinson's). It's literary, but no more so than Tolkien, and it's a slow burn but deliciously unexpected in the best ways.— From Krys
As the novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born. He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual whose origins are lost in history and the castle is peopled by dark characters in half-lit corridors. Dreamlike and macabre, Peake's extraordinary novel is one of the most astonishing and fantastic works in modern English fiction.