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''Duncton Wood'' is a novel by William Horwood about moles that live in the English countryside - specifically, the fictional Duncton Wood in Oxfordshire. The moles revere and worship monoliths and standing stones, and, as such, many mole communities are founded around them.

Of course, that's not all.

The story focuses less on epic tales of the mole lands and more on the love story of two moles, Bracken and Rebecca, daughter of the tyrannical Mandrake. The first book follows them from life to death, as well as the highs and lows that the Duncton System go through in the meantime.

Almost a decade later, the author wrote two sequels to the original novel, focusing on the son of the original protagonists. These books, ''Literature/DunctonQuest'' and ''Duncton Found'', round out the first trilogy, called the ''Duncton Chronicles''.

Two years after the publication of ''Duncton Found'', Horwood wrote another sequel, entitled ''Duncton Tales'', set around a century after the original books. This, in turn, led to another trilogy, called the ''Book of Silence''.

Basically, think ''Literature/WatershipDown'', but with moles and [[UptoEleven even more]] NightmareFuel.
'''The series provides examples of:'''
* AnthropomorphicShift: Not in shape, but in culture.
* {{Doorstopper}}: Hoo, yeah.
** In fact, the second book is longer than the entire first four Franchise/{{Dune}} books put together.
* MessianicArchetype: Beechen, although his teachings lend themselves more towards Buddhism than Christianity.
* NoExportForYou: With the exception of the first book, none of these were officially brought across the Pond.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Word in the first trilogy, and the Newborns in the second. Basically, any religion other than the Stone is one of these.
** The Newborns are more of a CorruptChurch, though.
'''This book provides examples of:'''
* ActionGirl: Rebecca, who right from start is described as being "too big for a female", and is as capable of bringing bad guys down as she is of having emotional dilemmas. Also, she ultimately survived [[spoiler:the fate of Mandrake's mother]].
* BigBad: two, in fact. First Mandrake (through force) and then Rune(through cunning).
%%* TheBigGuy: Stonecrop and Mullion.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Boswell has no qualms about using the Dark Sound to snap Bracken out of a fit of angst and remind him to respect the secrets of the stone. Bear in mind that as the Dark sound combined with knowledge of the Old Speech can be fatal, this is like snapping someone out of their angst by aiming a loaded gun at them.
* BlackSpeech: when used by Mandrake, the language of Siabod comes of like this. It is however latter revealed to be just another language. Interestingly, the sheer powered of the Old Speech when combined with walls of Dark Sound brings it close to being a black speech, despite being the language of the good guys.
%%* BrownNote: the Dark Sound.
%%* DirtyOldMan: Rune, to young Rebecca.
* DisneyDeath: at least three characters simply "disappear" and come back later: [[spoiler:Bracken]], though it's fairly obvious he'll be alright since it's very early in the book; [[spoiler:Mandrake]], who seals himself inside the Ancient System without a way out; and [[spoiler:Rune]], who suffers the same fate of [[spoiler:Bracken]], only to come back in the sequel.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Rune]], and the "Disney" part serves two purposes, actually...
* TheDragon: Mandrake, as he starts losing his mind and Rune starts taking over. Then briefly Nightshade, some sort of mole witch from the East. She's damn creepy, that's fore sure.
* DarkerAndEdgier: While ''Duncton Wood'' had its share of of horror, ''Duncton Quest'' brings it UpToEleven with the [[spoiler: Disciples of The Word's massacre of the Uffington scribemoles.]]
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding: And how!
* FisherKing: When Mandrake is ahead of the council, things turn bad. When Rune takes over, things turn even ''worse''. Then Bracken is put on the head of the system, but with his mental state, the system is still in shambles. It's only after Rebecca takes front that things start to heal for real.
* FunWithForeignLanguages: Siabod is practically Welsh. You can actually translate some parts of the book in Siabod, actually.
* HeroicBSOD: Rebbecca briefly falls into one in the first book after [[spoiler: Mandrake kills her first newborn litter]].
%%* TheMentor: Hulver.
%%** Also Rose and Mekkins, to Rebbecca.
%%* MentorOccupationalHazard: Guess who.
%%* NeverFoundTheBody: Bracken, after the first Longest Night.
%%* OverprotectiveDad: Mandrake, in spades.
* RapeAsDrama: With Rebecca. To make it worse [[spoiler: it also doubles as ParentalIncest, since her rapist is ''her own father'' Mandrake, who's so ''obsessed'' with his daughter that prior to the rape, he killed her first husband/mate in one-on-one combat and massacred her children/his grandchildren by said husband/mate]].
* SelfDestructiveCharge: Mandrake at the final battle on the Longest Night. Not so self-destructive, though, considering his sheer size.
%%* SequelHook: and shamelessly so.
%%* TheSmartGuy: Boswell.