• "A wild and evocative fantasy, stylishly told, with a tremendous romantic appeal"

  • "Altogether an invigorating book, in whihc the wit and nonsense make such a sparkling fizz together that it is hard to tell one from the other"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "One genuine small masterpiece. Almost a copy-book lesson in those virtues that a classic children's book must possess"

    Time Magazine
  • "Joan Aiken is a marvel"

    Philip Pullman, Guardian