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  • Written out of a deeply felt world and with a taut, disciplined voice that knows its Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as well as its Harry Potter, Jonathan Stroud's new book is, quite simply, stunning

  • This is a real treat that will have children of 10 and over seeking out Stroud's other novels

    Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph
  • As always, Stroud writes like a dream, passing from instant amusement to a sense of real suspense with apparent ease. Those who eagerly awaited this next novel after his super Bartimaeus trilogy will not be disappointed

    Books for Keeps
  • It is certainly an action adventure but the great fight scenes are tempered by humour and humanity and for that reason, although an excellent read for boys, it will be read by adventurous girls too

  • The language is equisite in places and landscape is brilliantly evoked throughout the story

    Rachel Bowler, School Library Association

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