Top positive review
Delightful from beginning to end.
on 21 March 2018
Philippa Gregory's excursion into novels for young adults is, on this evidence, a very felicitous one. She makes few concessions to the youth of her intended readership, employing her usual pithy, often poignant prose style. The story itself is a delight - fully to be enjoyed by older adults, and magical in its deftness of touch: if you like a fairy-tale, this is for you! There is a complete absence of vulgarity, though the occasional oath is uttered. Luca is a real hero, with all the fragility that one might expect from a young man laden heavy with responsibility. Freize, his young friend and helper is a delightful character - fully drawn and characterized.
All in all, then, I cannot think of a lovelier novel for a young adult, but I hope this does not deter older folk from reading it. At 69 years of age, I enjoyed every page, and look forward to reading the sequel in short order.