There’s a place where all the wildest stories began … From Katherine Rundell, winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize comes the first novel in a landmark trilogy for 9+ fans of His Dark Materials
Katherine Rundell is a multi-million-bestselling author whose novels for children have won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Costa Children’s Book Award, among many others. She is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, where she works on Renaissance literature. Her books for adults include Super-Infinite, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize. Very occasionally she goes climbing across the rooftops of Oxford, late at night.
There was Tolkien, there is Pullman and now there is Katherine
Rundell. Wondrous invention, marvellous writing. This book is her
best yet, and that's saying something. Just riveting, quite
A marvellous imaginative fantasy told with great style and sparkle - a book to race through in a day and keep for a lifetime.
Katherine Rundell is a phenomenon. She not only understands what fantasy is for and why children (and the rest of us) need it, but she crafts original and brilliant books that delight readers of all ages and kinds, while stretching our minds and filling our hearts.
I love Katherine Rundell’s writing because it’s so fresh and vigorous, and always so unexpected. The world of this new book is so intriguing and so well put together that I couldn’t resist it. Readers who already know her books will seize this with delight, and new readers will love it and demand all her others at once.
A book stuffed full of fantastical, magical delight, and a world of richly imagined wonder
Rundell's book packs a punch with imagination and creativity in its purest form. She has created a story with potential to be adored by fantasy lovers for years to come.
Katherine Rundell is a prodigiously gifted storyteller and IMPOSSIBLE CREATURES is wildly good. Spectacularly inventive, it is both a thrilling and page-turning epic and a clarion call to young readers to use the special gifts of childhood- love, courage, imagination and open-heartedness - to fight to save precious creatures of all kinds before they vanish before our eyes. My Book of the Year.
*Lauren St. John*
Fantastically exuberant, wildly imaginative, impossibly brilliant. Rundell’s best, which is something to be marvelled at. It made me want to yell, or laugh, or bite something.
*Kiran Millwood Hargrave*
The action is gripping. Every sentence sparkles. You can feel the flutter of griffin feathers and the menace of strange poisonous shrews. Magnificent.
Rundell’s first foray into fantasy is both a deft, rich homage to the greats of children’s literature and an absorbing, profoundly poignant quest story for those aged 9+ – quite possibly her best yet
Rundell is an extraordinary writer and this first in a fantasy trilogy grips, thrills and moves – sometimes to tears. This richly-imagined story is packed with memorable characters – and an unforgettable griffin.
A rare and remarkable feat of glittering imagination from a truly masterful storyteller.
A fierce, fantastic, wild-hearted adventure that roars and bristles with imagination. I devoured it like a hungry dragon
With a delightful cast of characters, breathless adventure, and an abundance of myth and magic, Impossible Creatures offers the very best of fantasy
A menagerie of delights. So packed with magic you'll want to take notes. Impossible Creatures is a world you'll want to move into.
Between the covers of Impossible Creatures is a world as enchanting, as perilous, as richly imagined as Narnia or Middle Earth.
A masterpiece to rival Tolkien and Pullman
*The Daily Telegraph*
Flickers with a rare and fierce beauty – unputdownable.
One of our most talented writers for children
It is surely the next classic.
A captivating story