Whilst Rothenia may owe a little to the Ruritania of Antony Hope he was only wandering the foothills of his own time and place. Mike Arram (and/or his editor Peter) have dug more deeply and researched more thoroughly the possibilities of this mysterious realm. The breadth of scholarship, the wide-ranging imagination, the sense of wonder and the quality of the writing of all these tales take a reader far away from the mundanity of normal life. At the basis of all the goings on in these tales seems to lie a very English stiff upper lip combined with boyish eagerness for adventure and 'derring-do'. The influence of other cultures, european, american and eventually other worldly, not to mention the world beyond, add layers of sophistication and opportunity for further mystery.
Thank you to you both.