'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 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.'
'Beautifullly written, completely absorbing story... the author evokes the streets of London and the political upheavals of the day with compelling ease.
'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.'
'will captivate readers with its riveting and detailed parallel storylines, its intriguingly drawn characters, and, above all, its engrossing first person narration'
'the skillful writing sweeps through mid-seventeenth century London.'
What a delight!
Beautifully written, completely absorbing ... Magical
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
A beautifully written tale of suspense and intrigue
A very unusual, poetic tale
An extraordinarily beautiful and gripping tale
Richly written, highly visual and full of accurate historical detail
Gripping ... as vivd as Pepys' diary ... strikingly original ... a very special book indeed
An original and enigmatic novel