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Atmospheric, gripping and enthralling.
on 26 July 2000
This is easily my favourite of the Dalemark Quartet, and can be read separately from the others as it is set in the prehistory of the country that will become Dalemark. Part of the pleasure is only understanding a little bit faster than the narrator just how special the family that is sailing down the River is. The plot is believable and the twists thrilling, the atmosphere of the world is convincing, the characters are wonderful, the things that happen affect them as they would real people (these are not boring superhuman hero types)- in short it is a typical Diana Wynne Jones book. Please read it.