I loved this supernatural thriller. It has a great narrative drive and I read it in one, rather breathless, sitting. But it's not just magical adventure. It's about the nature of life and death and is really quite profound as it ponders some very deep existential questions . . . There is quite a lot in this story and Clark handles it all with elegance and great sensitivity.
This darkly fascinating story cleverly juxtaposes a thoroughly contemporary coming of age almost-romance with a sinister and magical adventure. Simon P. Clark is as convincing and captivating when writing about spells and other worlds as he is on the topic of adolescent emotions and shifting human relationships -and each strand of the novel feeds into the other with surprising ease. It's original, haunting stuff.