Review: Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud | Books | The Guardian

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Quite Simply, Stunning

Children's fiction of the past 30 years has been laced with sub-Tolkienian whimsy - all those quest narratives set in northern European winterscapes, prefaced with elaborate maps and a long list of characters with Norse names. Heroes of the Valley has a map, and it's certainly jolly cold, and the names could well be Norse, but there the similarities to cookie-cutter fantasy end. Written out of a deeply felt world, and with a taut, disciplined voice that knows its Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as well as its Harry Potter, Jonathan Stroud's new book is, quite simply, stunning. KATHRYN HUGHES

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