• "Embraces the magic of myths, with animal transformations and transporting dreams. Movingly, it is above all about the power of a mother's love and how much anyone facing death would want to live"

    Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times
  • "This new title, in its elegance, wisdom and lyricism, provides a poignant coda to Siobhan Dowd's earlier achievements"

    Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times
  • "A beautiful, mystical fable for our time . . . The Ransom of Dond is a book to be read aloud or alone. It provides a marvellous opportunity for storytelling and discussion"

    Clare Morpurgo, The School Librarian
  • "One of the most attractively produced works of junior fiction"

    Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times
  • "A riveting story . . . Raises questions about religion and highlights the dangers of ignorance. But equally, it is a tale of love and family, and their ability to conquer all . . . As a physical thing, it is a beautiful book. From the dustcover to the endpapers, it is a joy to hold"

    Children's Books Ireland - Inis magazine