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.
Daviess absorbing salute to the necessity and power of storytelling promises many grand adventures while hinting that there is really only one.” Publishers Weekly
A fairy tale told in lush but specific language, that reminds seasoned readers to seize their destiny.” Library Journal
In the grand tradition of fairy tales everywhere, Lily the Silent is the story of a reluctant heroine, feckless prince, and the wickedest of queens. . . . With Mike Madrids illustrations throughout (appropriately compared to Arthur Rackhams), this title shows how comfortably fairy tales can encompass the fits and foibles of current times. It reads fast and furious and promotes love and friendship, all while making sure readers never forget to keep a solid head on their shoulders.” Bookslut
Tod Davies follows up her novel Snotty Saves the Day with the equally impressive Lily the Silent, the second installment in her The History of Arcadia series. This modern fairy tale smartly explores the power of storytelling in our lives, and is a rewarding book for both adults and children.” Largehearted Boy
Praise for The History of Arcadia Series
and#147;Innovative form and spellbinding content . . . Daviesand#8217;s fast-paced and mesmerizing [Snotty Saves the Day], which propels its reader from one breathtaking adventure to the next, is a novel of ideas for children and adults. . . . Much like Snotty Saves the Day, Lily the Silent is also a political allegory that asks its reader to reflect on gender roles, popular culture, and dominant ideologies. . . . Stories, as Tod Daviesand#8217;s History of Arcadia novels ultimately suggest, serve as a civilizationand#8217;s backbone, and it is therefore in stories too that we can discover the potential for fundamental change and a better society.and#8221; and#151;Marvels and Tales
and#147;Look inside this world and find wonder.and#8221; and#151;KATE BERNHEIMER, editor of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me and author of The Girl Who Wouldnand#8217;t Brush Her Hair
and#147;Blending the magic of fairy tales with the great existential mysteries, Tod Davies leads us into a phantasmagorical world that resurrects the complex lore of times past with vibrant narrative energy.and#8221; and#151;MARIA TATAR, author of The Annotated Brothers Grimm and other volumes, and chair of the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. ??
Praise for Lily the Silent, the second novel in The History of Arcadia series
and#147;Tod Davies is a multitalented writer . . . In this book, Lily lives happily in Arcadia until an invasion from Megalopolis turns everything upside-down. She escapes slavery through a kind prince of Megalopolis and goes on an eventful journey to retrieve a key that could save her people.and#8221; and#151;The Oregonian
and#147;Daviesand#8217;s absorbing salute to the necessity and power of storytelling promises many grand adventures while hinting that there is really only one.and#8221; and#151;Publishers Weekly
and#147;A fairy tale told in lush but specific language, that reminds seasoned readers to seize their destiny.and#8221; and#151;Library Journal
and#147;In the grand tradition of fairy tales everywhere, Lily the Silent is the story of a reluctant heroine, feckless prince, and the wickedest of queens. . . . With Mike Madridand#8217;s illustrations throughout (appropriately compared to Arthur Rackhamand#8217;s), this title shows how comfortably fairy tales can encompass the fits and foibles of current times. It reads fast and furious and promotes love and friendship, all while making sure readers never forget to keep a solid head on their shoulders.and#8221; and#151;Bookslut
and#147;Tod Davies follows up her novel Snotty Saves the Day with the equally impressive Lily the Silent, the second installment in her The History of Arcadia series. This modern fairy tale smartly explores the power of storytelling in our lives, and is a rewarding book for both adults and children.and#8221; and#151;Largehearted Boy
Praise for Snotty Saves the Day, the first novel in The History of Arcadia series
and#147;Fascinating . . . A quirky, intelligent, and imaginative read for mid-teens and up.and#8221; and#151;ForeWord Reviews
and#147;Ms. Davies blends folklore, fairy tales, fantasy, and even oral traditionand#151;and does so brilliantly . . . Snotty Saves the Day is a book for mature or precocious teens, for fantasy and tale-within-a-tale lovers, and for thoughtful adults who seek the wonder and optimism so badly needed in todayand#8217;s times.and#8221; and#151;New York Journal of Books
and#147;A fun and unique tale, sure to entertain readers both young and old.and#8221; and#151;Midwest Book Review
and#147;[An] amusing debut . . . dressed up with footnotes, scholarly introductions and a bibliography, as well as lovely line drawings by Gary Zaboly, Snottyand#8217;s story seeks to prove that fairy tales rank with quantum mechanics in their ability to establish parallel worlds.and#8221; and#151;Publishers Weekly
and#147;A smart, funny, and thought-provoking read for readers of all ages, Snotty Saves the Day has me eagerly awaiting its sequel.and#8221; and#151;Largehearted Boy
and#147;The most audacious and unusual book I have read this year. Framed in a and#147;we found this on our doorstepand#8221; ala Spiderwick sort of way, it is ostensibly forwarded to the publisher by a professor from the land of Arcadia. . . . If you are intrigued by how [fairy tales] are manipulated with such ease by pop culture mavens and movie makers . . . you will find the cheekiness of Daviesand#8217; story to be wildly appealing.and#8221; and#151;Bookslut
and#147;Awesome . . . Thereand#8217;s plenty of humor in the book. . . . And the best is the truthand#151;what Is, as the book calls itand#151;Snotty discovers about himself. He doesnand#8217;t just see the error of his old ways; he re-becomes an entirely different person. And that possibility, that abilityand#151;that we all might re-become what we were born to beand#151;raises a wonder, a and#147;sympathy with the idea of and#145;changing the worldand#8217;and#8221; that beats louder than does a superficially bleeding heart.and#8221; and#151;Nervous Breakdown
and#147;Like Susanna Clarkand#8217;s magnificent Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell . . . and many works by Nicholson Baker, Snotty Saves the Day features fictional footnotes that add another layer to the novel. . . . Davies touches on . . . very Big Ideas. But these themes are wrapped in wonders . . . What could have been simply and#147;messageyand#8221; is a romp, and an original one at that. . . . Give it to a smart, precocious young person in your life, read it yourself, and see what kind of interesting conversation develops.and#8221; and#151;Bookconscious
and#147;An imaginative book that will make readers think twice.and#8221; and#151;JACK ZIPES, author of Why Fairy Tales Stick
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.