Interesting experiment in writing a modern fairy tale. It's intricate and very clever, even though the authors use some devices that are never resolved, or, if they are, went way over my head! It veers between Star Trek satire and Babar the Elephant, with a pause to do Sapphire & Steel in Milton Keynes, this is one of those books that entertains and challenges through sheer force of personality. And then it ends, very suddenly, using a neat, original dramatic device. You'll be as charmed as you are cross, believe me.