"Gormenghast" continues the story begun in "Titus Groan." Titus is the future ruler of the city-state of Gormenghast, an exacting and inward-looking society; the book covers his life from childhood to early teens. As the book begins, Gormenghast has been invaded by a destructive force in the form of the ambitious and scheming former kitchen servant Steerpike. Most of the book is devoted to the parallel searches for identity, love and companionship on the part of Titus, a middle-aged schoolteacher, an aging spinster, Steerpike, and Titus' brooding sister Fuchsia, and Titus' schoolboy experiences and rebellion against the strict customs of his society. Running throughout is Steerpike's continuing quest for power and that quest's transformation into bitterness and desire for revenge.
This report prepared by Boris