This is a story about a portal in a pantry. Not any old pantry, but Dhebbaee of Madox's pantry in her home in Selly Oak, Birmingham, who happens to be `the chosen one'. Apparently, she is the Dhebbaee they are looking for.
I can only add my observations to the excellent review provided by Ms. Rebekah Williams.
Where do I start? This series is a total joy. After Nordic Noir, Hinterland and Quirke I needed something like this. There are loads of references to fantasy and SF movies and there is so much to enjoy. My particular favourites? Negartus, a cross between Darth Vader and David Warner's `Evil' from Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits. His Gremlin henchdemons. The wise-cracking elf-hobbit. Nick the stick, with hints of Marvin the paranoid android from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Mr Havelock and Miss Fanshaw, reminiscent of Vincent and Pansy from Time Bandits.
There is to be a second series. More quests and more hilarity. Bring it on!