From the back of the book. This is an edited review written by Allan Frewin-Jones, who is himself a highly successful bestselling author with a huge back catalogue of young adult and children’s books.
“Four young friends stumble upon fragments of an ancient artefact buried on the Devon moors. Unaware of the fateful consequences of their actions, they blithely reassemble the pieces to try and discover its purpose – but its arcane power enters them and changes them as it changes forever the world in which they have lived. And while the natural world cracks open like knapped flint, the serene forces of good struggle eternally with the implacable powers of evil, and all magic, all science, all nature, all humanity, and all of creation’s intersecting realities teeter in the balance.
The Barrow Ship is a mythical-realist fable with its feet planted firmly in the primeval Devonshire soil and its head among the bright and turbulent stars of an uncanny and unknowable heaven.
The story – told in two time-frames – has the rhythm of the seasons at its heart, the ebb and flow of the tides, the magical waxing and waning of the moon, the slow churn of time, the poetic interlacing of the mundane and the supernatural, while it navigates the mysterious profundities of love and loss and unfathomable metamorphoses.”