Titus GroanDownloadable Audiobook - 2000
In this first volume, the Gormenghast Castle and the noble family who inhabits it are introduced, along with the infant firstborn son of the Lord and Countess. "Titus groan" is sent away to be raised by a wet nurse, with only a gold ring from his mother, and ordered not to be brought back until the age of six. By his christening, he learns from his much older sisters that epileptic fits are "common at his age." He also learns that they don't like his mother. And then, he is crowned, and called, "child-inheritor of the rivers, of the Tower of Flints and the dark recesses beneath cold stairways and the sunny summer lawns. Child-inheritor of the spring breezes that blow in from the jarl forests and of the autumn misery in petal, scale, and wing. Winter's white brilliance on a thousand turrets and summer's torpor among walls that crumble ..."
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2000