"Hilariously funny and full of genuinely enjoyable and well crafted characters McCreedy's novel is a great fun read for adults as well as children. I can't see how anyone could dislike Liberty (Libby) as she learns about her family's secret past and is accompanied by her best friend Ginny and pet goose. My favourite character Libby's Great Uncle who is absolutely hilarious and a perfect comic character with all the eccentricities you'd expect from a well written older gent in a children's novel.
The action is fantastic and the scenes in Germany were particularly enjoyable and memorable.
This novel was an absolute hit for me and I particularly enjoyed the way the author injected age appropriate humour throughout. Would love to read the next installment."
"This, the first (I'm sure) of the Liberty Frye novels, does a great job of showing how to work in a specific genre while also expanding and enriching it... It's a coming of age story masquerading as a fantasy novel. But what's most interesting here is that despite a set-up we feel we might have read before, everything feels new. The writing is clipped & tight; very descriptive when it needs to be but working fully to propel the narrative forward. The characters are quirky & real enough that the reader invests real emotion in the struggles. Additionally, the magic as presented here is developed & plausible. We're not asked to grasp an entirely new system, or something without underpinnings. Here, the fantasy aspects are based on traditional fairy tales & lore, but presented in a way that makes them fresh & realistic as opposed to dusty & outdated. This is a very enjoyable book."