Set seventy years before The Various, the second book in the trilogy follows the adventures of young Celandine at the onset of the First World War. Having run away from her detested boarding school, Celandine is too afraid to go home in case she is sent back. As she seeks shelter in the Wild Wood near her home, little does she think she will encounter in a world where loyalty and independence is fiercely guarded, and where danger lurks in the most unlikely places. Celandine's troubled character finds both refuge and purpose among the secret tribes of little people that she alone believes in. These novels are full of mystery, beauty and adventure; this second novel is both page-turning and life-affirming. This is a truly remarkable trilogy.
Quality fantasy writing with a fine feel for the past
Beautifully crafted, this book is sure to capture the imagination of readers
Enchanting fantasy, and very touching
The narrative pace never falters, the writer so confident and respectful of his creation that the reader is drawn gladly into the enchantment. . . . For all that adults might find to admire in it, it is nevertheless a big, generous children's book