• 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • An enchanting weaving together of mythologies and a meeting of worlds, all bound up with the power of stories and the fate of the ultimate book. Far-reaching and profound, this is a novel to lose yourself in

    Alison Littlewood, bestselling author of A Cold Season and The Hidden People
  • Every page is a declaration of love for story, for literature, for libraries

    Maria McMillan
  • Savour and absorb the world Knox conjures

    Sunday Times

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