Reviewers hailed Alan Garner as a great new writer in 1960:
“Excellent and overflowing with largesse and imagination is this first novel by Alan Garner…a piece of marvellously sustained invention. This is a fine, new-mint book with echoes in it from the best of the old.” Times Literary Supplement
“The suspense is superb. Mr Garner has written on eof hose grand tales that may well be read a hundred years hence as eagerly as it is read now.” Scotsman.
“Absolutely first class. Well written, well told, it mixes legend, fact and fairy tale.” Manchester Evening News
From the Back Cover
When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, they are saved by the Wizard. He takes them into the caves of Fundindelve, where he watches over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights.
But the heart of the magic that binds them – Firefrost, also known as the Weirdstone of Brisingamen – has been lost. The Wizard has been searching for the stone for more than 100 years, but the forces of evil are closing in, determined to possess and destroy its special power.
Colin and Susan realise at last that they are the key to the Weirdstone’s return. But how can two children defeat the Morrigan and her deadly brood?