"A highly successful fantasy. . . . Heriot's magic owes as much to the logic of dreams and surrealism as it does to the traditions of Tolkien and genre fantasy." - "Publishers Weekly" "[An] epic quest for identity . . . wrapped up in terror, romance, surprise, and suspense" --"Horn Book" * "Mahy's reputation for writing compelling fantasy is evident in this intricately woven tale . . . once begun, there may be no stopping until the reader has closed the book with a satisfied sigh."--"Library Media Connection", starred review "Mahy has created a unique bildungsroman, complex and challenging, yet richly rewarding. This novel should prove deeply satisfying . . . Another excellent work from the masterful storyteller."--"School Library Journal"