Just as phenomenally written as its two predecessors . . . this one gets 6/5 stars, because 5 stars are not enough for the amount that I loved it. A universe of stars out of five!
An extraordinary debut that is well worthy of the hype. A beautifully written, highly engaging page-turning masterpiece
An impressive display of imagination and humour . . . we have no reservations about recommending it
Deeply compelling . . . A classic in the making
Brilliant debut fantasy . . . this novel goes off like a firework and suggests even greater things in the author's future
The Hod King is a vibrant, wholly original, and expertly crafted novel that transcends genre fantasy. It is an instant literary classic
Like its predecessor it is a brilliant piece of work . . . these two books are genius. I just love them. The story, characters and imagination shine
A brilliant third instalment in Josiah Bancroft's inspired Books of Babel quartet
The Books of Babel are something you hope to see perhaps once a decade - future classics, which may be remembered long after the series concludes. Only a few days into 2019, I think we've already found a contender for 'fantasy book of the year'
It's rare to find a modern book that feels like a timeless classic. I'm wildly in love with this book
Senlin Ascends crosses the everyday strangeness and lyrical prose of Borges and Gogol with all the action and adventure of high fantasy. I loved it, and grabbed the next one as soon as I turned the last page
Spectacular . . . Once again Josiah has produced something that belongs in the very top echelons of the fantasy genre
It is not merely a 5* book, it's a masterpiece . . . readers will be talking about these books long after much of what currently keeps them company on the shelves is forgotten . . . I was thrilled by the story, wildly jealous of the writing, and am now very keen to read the final book
Josiah Bancroft is a magician. His books are that rare alchemy: gracefully written, deliriously imaginative, action-packed, warm, witty and thought-provoking. I can't wait for more