Round 3 of Mythothon (a mythology inspired readathon) will be running throughout September. This round is based around Celtic myth, specifically The Tale of Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed.
Here are the 11 books I’ll be reading (one for each prompt). I’ll also be reading the optional group book, Witches of Ash and Ruin.
Prince Pwyll of Dyfed is out hunting and becomes separated from his companions. He stumbles across a pack of hounds feeding on a slain stag and takes the kill for his own.
* Read a book with an animal on the cover or in the title.
The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
This earns the anger of anger of the dogs’ master, Arawn, lord of the otherworldly kingdom of Annwn.
* Read a book featuring the fae or some other supernatural element.
The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes
In recompense, Pwyll agrees to trade places with Arawn for a year and a day. He take on the lord’s appearance and Arawn’s place at court. At the end of the year, Pwyll engages in single combat against Hafgan, Arawn’s rival, and mortally wounds him with one blow.
* Read a book featuring a rivalry.
She-ra: The Legend of the Fire Princess by Gigi D.G., Noelle Stevenson, Ganucheau Paulina, Betsy Peterschmidt & Eva de la Cruz
He earns Arawn overlordship of all of Annwn. Pwyll and Arawn meet once again, revert to their old appearances and return to their respective courts. They become lasting friends.
* Read a book featuring a friendship or with serious squad goals.
Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari
Pwyll encounters Rhiannon, a beautiful and powerful maiden on a shining magical horse. They are strangely unreachable. After three days Pwyll finally calls out to her asking her to stop. Rhiannon does so immediately and says she will gladly stop and it would have been better for the horse if he had asked sooner. She then tells him she has come seeking him because she would rather marry him than her fiance, Gwawl ap Clud.
* Read a book from a trilogy.
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
On Rhiannon and Pwyll’s wedding day, Gwawl vab Clud appears in disguise and tricks Pwyll into giving him the entire wedding feast and Rhiannon. Rhiannon, unhappy with this turn of events explains that the feast is hers and not Pwyll’s to give away and it has already been promised to the guests and hosts.
* Read a book with food on the cover or in the title.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Rhiannon then guides Pwyll through a cunning strategy using her magic bag which can never be filled, to extricate her from her betrothal to Gwawl. Gwawl is trapped in the bag and beaten by Pwyll’s men until he agrees to Rhiannon’s terms, including foregoing vengeance.
* Read a book you already own.
By Sea & Sky: An Esowon Story by Antoine Bandel
Rhiannon and Pwyll have a son, but the child disappears the night he is born. Rhiannon’s maids, in fear of their lives, accuse her of killing and eating her own baby. Rhiannon negotiates a penalty where she must sit at the castle gate every day for seven years telling her terrible tale to strangers and offer them a ride on her back.
* Read a book written by a female author.
A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
Meanwhile, the child is rescued from its monstrous abductor by Teyrnon Twrf Lliant. He and his wife adopt the boy. They called him Gwri Wallt Evryn (‘Golden Hair’). The child grows to adulthood at a superhuman pace and, as he matures, his likeness to Pwyll grows more obvious and, eventually, Teyrnon realises Gwri’s true identity.
* Read a book with a beautiful cover.
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Their son is renamed Pryderi “Loss”, as is custom from his mother’s first words to him: “Pryderi” puns on anxiety and labour.
* Read a book featuring mental health representation.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
The tale ends with Pwyll’s death and Pryderi’s ascension to the throne.
* Read a book featuring royalty.
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart