I picked up this book by chance in a small bookshop in Marlborough. The book called to me. I read the first two sentences and knew that it was everything I needed from a book right then. It has magic and transformation and feather cloaks and swan maidens, giants and dwarves and a tightness of spare writing that drives the plot. It is beautiful and magical and a masterpiece, where the landscape is as much a character in the book as any of the people. And it has love. Perfect.