The Lizard Princess: The History of Arcadia (Paperback)
The History of Arcadia
Exterminating Angel Press, 9781935259299, 304pp.
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
"Complex and gripping. . . . Newcomers to Arcadia will be captivated by the rich history, while those familiar with it will find that Sophia's legend grants them a new perspective on the earlier tales." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
" The Lizard Princess] encourages big-picture thinking. . . . The combination of a straightforward quest complicated by hindsight, with magic, science, and meditations on the building of myths and the role of stories, makes for a book not like much else out there. . . . Gorgeously written and complex." --New York Journal of Books
"This fantasy quest lends a hand toward making our contemporary world a little better."--Foreword Reviews
"The impressive The Lizard Princess continues Tod Davies' imaginative History of Arcadia series with her trademark brilliant storytelling."--Largehearted Boy
"Look inside this world and find wonder."--Kate Bernheimer, editor of Fairy Tale Review
"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."--Maria Tatar, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Fairy Tales
"Imaginative."--Jack Zipes, author of The Irresistible Fairy Tale
"Innovative form and spellbinding content . . . Stories, as Tod Davies's History of Arcadia novels ultimately suggest, serve as a civilization's backbone, and it is therefore in stories too that we can discover the potential for fundamental change and a better society."--Marvels & Tales
Bittersweet. Lush. Human. The Lizard Princess crosses mountains, oceans, deserts, and the Moon Itself to meet her fate and the fate of Arcadia on the Road of the Dead. Her reward is the Key that opens the door to the Domain of Life where wisdom trumps knowledge, as it should in all good tales about the world, whether Arcadia's, or our own.
Tod Davies is the author of Snotty Saves the Day and Lily the Silent, the first two books in The History of Arcadia series, as well as the cooking memoirs Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You've Got and Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not Be Catered. Unsurprisingly, her attitude toward literature is the same as her attitude toward cooking--it's all about working with what you have to find new ways of looking and new ways of being.