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  • An INSTANT CLASSIC, a work to rank alongside other modern masterpieces of fantasy such as Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series or Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Everything fantasy should be: original, magical, well read, compelling

  • Intricately plotted and gorgeously written, THE ABSOLUTE BOOK has something for everyone: the search for a mysterious book, talking ravens, police detectives and academics, gods and demons, a giant saltwater crocodile, the bucolic English countryside and magical gates to hidden worlds. Here is a cinematic tale that is by turns dark and dreamlike, yet ultimately hopeful

    Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches
  • An angelic book, an apocalyptic book, an astounding book

    Francis Spufford
  • Gripping and hugely ambitious, the broad narrative flood sweeps us on to an extraordinary conclusion

    Daily Mail
  • Gorgeous. The payoffs and reveals are mind-blowing

    Laini Taylor, author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • A marvellous argument for stories. There are Norse gods, references to Merlin, a tour through purgatory and a strange parallel world where magic is real and humans are bit players in the clash of supernatural realms. Bewitching

    The Times
  • A magical book; doors between worlds; talking birds, vicious fairies and a trip to Purgatory. Stuffed with literary allusion and mythic echoes from the Norse legends to Alan Garner, straddling dimensions and hopping genres with ease, this is a one-of-a-kind fantasy novel that's worth getting lost in

    Guardian, 50 Hottest Books
  • Epic, imaginative and exquisitely written, this is a feat of fantastical world-building

    Daily Express
  • Reminded me of how I felt reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell or His Dark Materials - this is a masterpiece

    Dan Kois, Slate
  • A triumph. Book where the best hearts meet the best minds meet the best imaginations are few and far between

    Pip Adam

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