The Mabinogion is to Welsh mythology what the Iliad and the Odyssey are to Greek myth. These classic, thrilling stories of magic, betrayal, lost love and bitter retribution constitute a powerful work of the imagination, comparable to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Evangeline Walton's compelling rendition includes the tale of Bran the Blessed and his family's epic struggle for the throne; the encounter between Prince Pwyll and Arawn (God of Death) which Pwyll survives by agreeing to kill the one man that Detah cannot fell. The Mabinogion is internationally recognized as the world's finest arc of Celtic mythology; Walton's retelling introduces an ancient world of gods and monsters, heroes, kings and quests, making accessible one of the greatest fantasy sagas of all time.
Evangeline Walton (1907-1996) is one of the pioneers of fantasy fiction. She received a World Fantasy Award in 1985 and in 1989 was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award and named a Grand Master of Fantasy by the World Fantasy Convention.