A wonderful book that I have enjoyed many times over the years. It is substantially better than the ones that follow it. When I first read it as a child I really wanted 'something similar'. So for anyone else who feels the same way, may I recommend a few books for adults/young adults by the children's writer Dianna Wynne-Jones? Deep Secret and a Sudden Wild Magic both have very similar qualities and the Year of the Griffin is suitable for younger readers and has always for some reason made me think of this book.