The Return of King Lillian (Paperback)
Pilmsthistle & Co, 9780988499317, 390pp.
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
A new hero's journey for dreamers of all ages.
When Lillian, the one and only heir to the throne, is cast out of her kingdom by malevolent forces, she accidentally wanders into the Forest of Forgetfullness, where she is rescued by wolves and raised by an eccentric old wise woman. When she comes of age, she is called by Destiny to return home. The trouble is, when Lillian steps out of the Forest, she has no memory of who she is or from whence she hails. Undaunted, the spirited, self-reliant young woman sets off into the unknown, determined to rediscover her long lost self and to reclaim her stolen birthright. Most of the tale is told by Lillian herself, as she chronicles her extraordinary adventures.
This offbeat debut novel, writen and narrated by multi-media artist Suzie Plakson, is an allegorical saga full of comedy, calamity, and a host of unforgettable characters. Early readers and listeners have compared this unconventional fairy tale to such books as The Last Unicorn, The Alchemist, The Princess Bride, and The Once and Future King.
"The Return of King Lillian is a basket of magic. Echoing Joseph Campbell's feeling that the world needs new storytellers and new myths to help us greet the coming age, I'll say that Suzie Plakson is one of those storytellers, and King Lillian is one of those myths."
-- Jacob Nordby, author of Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives
"King Lillian is entrancing, audacious, and addictive in the very best way. A splendidly creative allegory told by Suzie Plakson with flair, wit, and passion."
-- Marianne de Pierres, author of Parrish Plessis and The Peacemaker series
"To say that King Lillian thoroughly enchanted me and left me spellbound would be the understatement of the century. I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks, and King Lillian is my favorite of all. Suzie Plakson's voice is velvet mixed with grit mixed with enchantment. It takes you into another realm -- into the mystic."
-- Kelly Sullivan Walden, author of It's All In Your Dreams