The Scottish Quests bundle offers excitement and adventure in abundance. The heroes embark on exhilarating journeys, with quests in lots of directions. These stories deserve to be read over and over again.
The Three Perils of Man by James Hogg
The Three Perils of Man encompasses many genres with elements of supernatural, adventure, comedy and romance. The story develops two main plots concerning the supernatural (at Aikwood Castle) and the chivalric (at Roxburgh Castle). It is a subtle mix of supernatural folk tale, historical novel, chivalric epic and comedy – all underpinned with a clear description of traditional rural life. The story mixes historical reality with the incredible and always with a great deal of humour and imagination.
The Raiders by S. R. Crockett
Caught up in the strife between smugglers on the Solway Coast and the gypsies of Galloway, young Patrick Heron is flung into a society of outcasts, outlaws and downright murderers. But this world of moonlit confusion and bloody horror offers a kind of freedom too, as Patrick travels far beyond the conventions of his day to enter a world made anew by fear, desolation, courage and energy. Crockett's raciest narrative is full of the wild Galloway landscape which he knew so well and loved so much, informed at every turn of the plot by his delight in local history and old folk tales of the region
The World’s Desire by Andrew Lang and H. Rider Haggard
A classic fantasy novel first published in 1890. The continued story of the hero Odysseus, ‘the Wanderer’, who returns to find his wife slain and his home destroyed. Aphrodite appears to him and tells him to seek out Helen of Troy. This quest for Helen – ‘the world’s desire’ – is the subject of the story. Andrew Lang was well-known for his translations of Homer and this allows him to flawlessly imitate the writing and tone of the original.