• "A swashbuckling drama that shows that Aiken's imagination never dimmed"

    Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times
  • "Playful, urgent and wildly inventive, Aiken's language is always potent. Readers with a taste for mystery and complexity will find much to savour"

    Publishers Weekly
  • "As fantastic as any of its predecessors . . . Richly imagined and superbly told, this adventure is a welcome extension to the series and will doubtless gather new readers to boot"

    John Malam, Manchester Evening News
  • "A writer of wild humour and unrestrained imagination"

    Oxford Companion to Children's Literature