Alison Croggon, an award-winning poet and playwright, is the acclaimed author of the Books of Pellinor and Black Spring. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Croggon's humbly exquisite prose weaves splendor into everything,
from spells of magery and the frightening, otherworldly realm that
the protagonists must tread to the regular World's aesthetic beauty
and human emotion (grief, shame, terror, trauma)...Magnificent yet
intimate, dark yet tender.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Fans of the Books of Pellinor quartet (The Crow, BCCB 01/08,
etc.) will be elated to see that this prequel has made its way over
from Australia, and readers starting the series here will likely be
equally thrilled when they learn that a rich, lengthy series awaits
them...Fans of high or epic fantasy will sink right in to this
lushly described world, and they'll appreciate the extra touches of
maps, a pronunciation guide, and an informative author's note.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review) The atmosphere of the novel is J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth mixed with Tamora Pierce's Tortall and a little of the Wizarding World of "Harry Potter" for good measure. Fantasy enthusiasts will find it satisfying to disappear into Croggon's world. This book stands alone and is even more enjoyable in conjunction with the other "Pellinor" volumes. Recommended for any YA fantasy collection.
--School Library Journal A must-read for fans of this high-fantasy series.