Synopses & Reviews
"Look inside this world and find wonder." — Kate Bernheimer, editor of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me
Lily leads a serene life in Arcadia until the forces of Megalopolis invade. Rescued from slavery by a prince of Megalopolis, Lily is sent to retrieve a very important key. Aided by her friends, her dog Rex, and even Death herself, Lily's adventures take her from the Moons to the Bottom of the Sea, and finally back to Megalopolis, where she faces the decision of her life. Will she choose True Love and relinquish the key to those in Power or will she risk everything for who she is and return the key to Arcadia?
Narrated by Lily's daughter, Sophia the Wise, this is a story about a girl who learns to live by her own light and — no matter how reluctantly — become the queen her people need. Full of Arcadian legends, it is also a fairy tale within a fairy tale about a troubled world not unlike our own, as well as a beautifully illustrated sequel to Snotty Saves the Day, which critics and booksellers hailed as "Lewis Carroll with footnotes by Jonathan Swift," while comparing it to authors whose work can be savored by readers of all ages: Susanna Clark, C.S. Lewis, George Orwell, and L. Frank Baum.
"Davies continues exploring how beliefs create a new reality for the believer, but squanders some of the pleasures of 2011's Snotty Saves the Day. Lily, previously Snotty, is more long-suffering and self-sacrificing and a lot less fun than her prior incarnation, and readers will miss the voluminous scholarly footnotes of Devindra Vale. Wilder the Bard, with formal flourish, launches into the tale of how Lily overcame slavery and the betrayal of her one true love to seek out the Key opening the door from the cold, polished, dying world of Megalopolis to the more pastoral land of Arcadia. Lily's daughter, Sophia the Wise, adds detail to the story, suggesting that it may be an alternate version of Snotty Saves the Day, and that Arcadia's origins lie mainly in the imagination of the teller. Davies's absorbing salute to the necessity and power of storytelling promises many grand adventures while hinting that there is really only one." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The story of a reluctant queen, as told by her daughter Sophia the Wise.
The second History of Arcadia novel is the tale of reluctant queen Lily, narrated by her daughter Sophia the Wise.
About the Author
Tod Davies is the author of the cooking memoir Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You've Got
and Snotty Saves the Day,
the first book in The History of Arcadia series. Lily the Silent,
the second of these books from another land, continues to show how fairy tales make a world, and how changing the story can change a world — for better or for worse. Unsurprisingly, her attitude toward literature is the same as her attitude toward cooking — its all about working with what you have to find new ways of looking and new ways of being, and in doing so, to rediscover the best of our humanity. Davies now lives with her husband Alex, and her two dogs, in the alpine valley of Colestin, Oregon, and at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in Boulder, Colorado.
Mike Madrid, a native San Franciscan, is the designer and Popular Culture Editor for Exterminating Angel Press. He is also the illustrator of Lily the Silent: The History of Arcadia by Tod Davies and author of The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines.