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From the PublisherJohn Clute The Washington Post Book World Braces the...Iain Banks has become extremely skilled at depicting the dark vagaries of living in the twentieth century.
Richard Eder Los Angeles Times Book Review ...powerfully written and fiercely provocative.
Spin A fairly great, strange mix of classical affect, lush brutality, and adolescent fantasy in a tale of postsocial-collapse castle life....The writing will loop you in.
The Times (London) Mad Max transplanted to the Scottish Highlands.
Times Literary Supplement (London) Banks's already high reputation can only be enhanced.
John R. Alden The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) Banks's writing — from the elegance of his sentences to the swift-flowing back and forth of his storytelling — is stunning.
Peter Wolfe St. Louis Post-Dispatch The vehicle for [the] plot development is the book's remarkable voice. Give Banks an A-plus for his ability to build a mood.
Publishers Weekly [Banks's] impeccable prose undulates with poetry and sensuality that transform the most ordinary movements of his tale into resonant images of beauty and terror.
Thomas Goughan Booklist This dark tale...will further strengthen Banks's reputation as one of [Britain's] most important and compelling writers.
Kirkus Reviews A daring, deeply unsettling meditation On the very human face of evil.