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  • "Extraordinary"

    Simon Mayo, Simon Mayo's Books of the Year podcast
  • "Rich, twisty storytelling ... Written with observation and skill"

    Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times
  • "Burgess is a master storyteller"

    Alex O'Connell, The Times, Children's Book of the Week
  • "The godfather of young adult fiction"

    BBC Front Row
  • "Melvin Burgess is an original, experimental voice and in his first YA novel for five years he draws on the rich tradition of British fantasy rooted in landscape and folklore"

    Fiona Noble, Observer
  • "Burgess’s work remains strong meat, sometimes overwhelming; abduction, seduction, deceit, coercion and the limits of moral responsibility all test the reader’s tolerance of trauma to breaking point in this arresting coming-of-age tale."

    Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian
  • "Tackles issues of control, identity, personal freedom and trust through the medium of folklore and magic... An arresting, high-octane adventure"

    Sally Morris, Daily Mail
  • " uncompromising look at issues in a way that doesn't patronise young adult readers. A tough page-turner."

    Jane Graham, Big Issue - Kid's Books of 2018
  • "Addressing the subjects of family, inheritance, friendship and politics, this is a compelling and exciting tale for teens"

    Literary Review
  • "A nuanced and thrilling tale of magic, seduction and coercion"

    Irish Times

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