Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning and much loved author of books for children. She has a long-standing fascination with dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Though Carole has written over 30 books, she did not write her first book until she was nearly 40. Before that she had worked as a laboratory assistant and as a film and television writer and editor.
The plot is thoughtful and intricate, the characters skillfully drawn, and the prose as strong and sinuous as a dragon’s tail.
Wilkinson’s world convinces with lots of careful calligraphic brush strokes: the feel of a padded vest, the height of a peasant’s roof, the tricks of perspective (both literal and psychological) in the emperor’s garden.
This is a magnificently written and captivating story.