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on 10 March 2010
Beautifully written, engaging and inventive: it feels, unlike too many children's books, as if it's been constructed with care rather than assembled from formulaic odds and ends. (A pleasure to read aloud too.) Please can we have a sequel?
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on 8 March 2011
This is undoubtedly a great book and if you liked C.S. Lewis's Narnia series - you will love this.

Set in an old house that is built around an even older one, there is mystery, ghosts, time travel and imminent danger at every turn.

My only criticism is that the ending seemed hurried and a trifle contrived, but that will not stop me from reading the sequel that was hinted at.
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on 27 June 2013
Originally advertised as the first part of a trilogy and with an ending that gave the expectation of more to come does anyone know what has happened to this promising author?
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on 22 November 2013
Lots of mystery to keep me curious. A very good story, I was sad when I came to the end of the book.
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on 21 January 2008
this is a magnificently clever book that can be read by children and adults alike.i doubt there is a more telented or likeable author alive today than henry porter, able to poke fun at himself (look at me, he says, what a preposterous fellow am I) while also writing superb stories. The man is a genius
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on 23 January 2008
to anyone who thought jk rowling could not be beaten I say this: think again!

this is a truly great book. it is literature of the hightest order.

for children it is a beguiling tale. for adults it is a roller coaster ride of challenging ideas.

mr porter is more than a mere writer. he is a thinker of the first class.
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