Didn’t realize how strangely incomplete The book of the Dun Cow was until I read this, its natural completion. Are there two better books to discover, 25 years after the fact, than these? I will hunt down copies to be sure I can return to these books at a moment’s notice. This volume concerns the dissolution of the bonds that keep Wyrm locked under the earth, and the forgiveness that robs him of his triumph at the penultimate moment; and does so with such high language, such tenderness, that I wept openly multiple times. Consider this my humble effort to keep these books from passing out of the cultural memory. Essential.