Booklist, starred review: "Thirteen-year-old Wolf is running away from the abbey where he was raised when he unexpectedly meets renowned knight Sir Hugo. Together, they capture a mysterious elf-child and return to Hugo's castle, where Wolf will be allowed to stay—if he gets the elf-child to speak. There, Wolf meets Nest, Hugo's 13-year-old daughter, who is dreading her arranged marriage and has her own reasons for helping the outcast elf-child. As Wolf and Nest grow more attached to the elfin youngster, whom they name Elfgift, Hugo's motivations for prompting Elfgift's speech become increasingly clear and unsettling. The arrival of a strange traveling jester to the castle ultimately leads to consequences for all in a darkly dramatic, intense denouement above and below the shadowy, mystical moors of Devil's Edge. In this medieval fantasy, Langrish, author of the Troll Trilogy books, provides a vividly rendered, engrossing tale. Epic themes—good and evil, faith and doubt, sin and redemption—are made personal and poignant through the losses and longings of the notably well-drawn, dimensional main characters, who seek meaning in a chaotic world where all is not what it seems. The diverse supporting characters, both human and supernatural, as well as the richly descriptive prose and imagined settings further enhance this sometimes provocative, beautifully wrought British import that illustrates the power of compassion and storytelling, for characters and readers alike." Shelle Rosenfeld
Katherine gives an overview of the book:
Based around medieval Welsh and English legends of underground faery kingdoms - and elf-lords who might spirit away your beloved - this is a book I threw my whole heart into writing. It's about love and grief, and cruelty, and greatness of heart as young Wolf tries to protect the young speechless elf-girl left in his keeping.
I am an internationally published author of several children's and YA fantasy novels (HarperCollins; EDGE) and write regular posts on fantasy, myth and folklore and fairytales at my blog Seven Miles of Steel Thistles.