• "'A compelling medieval fable, written from the heart and melded to a driving narrative which never once loses its tremendous pace'"

  • "'An irresistible blend of intellect and passion'"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "'This remarkable novel resembles an illuminated manuscript mapped with angels and mountains and signposts, an allegory for today and yesterday too. A beautiful, unsettling moral fiction about virtue and intolerance'"

  • "'Remarkable...Utterly absorbing...richly detailed and finely imagined'"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "'The lucidity of Jill Paton Walsh's style and the dexerity of the narrative are such that her book reads more like a good thriller than a weighty novel of ideas...An ingenious fable'"

    The Times