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… magic and lost souls,  delicate jewels set in very fine writing.

O’Donnell’s book is a  delicately woven thriller of magic and lost souls; each character is bathed in their own eery pool of light as they walk through these languorous pages; and a clutch of images linger long after the book has closed.  It rather reminds me of Gormenghast though it’s not as baroque or whimsical as Peake’s work.  Perhaps slightly slow to start, the fine writing grows on you, like black ink slowly unfurling through clear water, you will want to savour every sentence and relish every twist of the plot. Excellent.