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  • "A work of mind-bending imagination and power . . . A must-read for all fantasy fans"

    Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading
  • "'A gripping story of horrific proportions from a prize-winning author.'"

    Publishing News
  • "Dark and tragic as it frequently is, nevertheless pulses with the intensity of lives richly lived and experiences richly recaptured."

    Robert Dunbar, Irish Times
  • "Bloodtide was good. This is better. It's the best thing I've read by Melvin Burgess. . . This is a novel that matches the power of its ancient inspiration and remakes it for another time."

    CB, Books for Keeps
  • "Burgess's great triumph is not so much in inventing new stories as in finding fresh ways of retelling the ones that are themselves in danger of falling into extinction."

    Kathryn Hughes, Guardian

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