This book I highly recommend to anyone who wants high adventure with ethereal mystery and a healthy and swoonsome splash of romance, like no one else can write it. Funny as it may sound, the world was more beautiful place after I finished reading this wonderful story, and I don't think anyone could ask for more from a book.
Marillier may have lost me with her Bridei series, but with these beautifully developed characters, breathtaking and vivid descriptions and depictions of old Istanbul, and clever puzzles and fantastic tasks of the Otherworld, this is certainly putting her back on the right track! What I love about Marillier is the strength of her character's relationships to one another, how they aren't black and white, but all the better for it, and how you can truly believe in them.
One waits most enthusiastically for the hinted third book in the series.