A beautifully written tale of suspense and intrigue
'Beautifullly written, completely absorbing story... the author evokes the streets of London and the political upheavals of the day with compelling ease.
An extraordinarily beautiful and gripping tale
'the skillful writing sweeps through mid-seventeenth century London.'
What a delight!
'a thrilling story that mixes historic realism, credible characters and the dreamy, sometimes violent, dimension of a netherworld. The two blend seamlessly in this gripping and orginal story that abounds with gritty suspense. An excellent read.'
'a book filled with enchantment and difference. You won't read many novels as beautifully written and as enthralling as this rich, spellibinding, new-off-the-black fairy tale.'
A very unusual, poetic tale
Gripping ... as vivd as Pepys' diary ... strikingly original ... a very special book indeed
Brilliant descriptions, powerfully evoking the sounds and smells of London in the period and superbly drawn characters combine with a delicately constructed plot to make this book a real pleasure
Beautifully written, completely absorbing ... Magical
'a beautifully written story. Sally Gardner has clearly researched the times and customs very well indeed for she had me transported back to that far off time. I would definitely recommend this book, told with such care and feeling.'
An original and enigmatic novel
Richly written, highly visual and full of accurate historical detail
'will captivate readers with its riveting and detailed parallel storylines, its intriguingly drawn characters, and, above all, its engrossing first person narration'