An evil sorcery prowls the land. The Oldwives are losing their magic, and an ill wind weakens the hiding spell that protects them. Worse still, Marwen is powerless to stop any of it. She must find the Key, the powerful talisman woven into her tapestry. In the deathlands Marwen and the Oldwives must travel to solve its mystery.
"Not to be missed by young adult or adult lovers of fantasy."
-Canadian Children's Literature
"A complex storyline, vivid descriptions and prose that flows smoothly as the plot. Highly recommended."
-Canadian BookReview Annual
"Highly recommended for ages 9 to 16."
"[A complex tapestry of magic and fantasy . . . a trilogy worthy of this genre. . . . An elegantly woven tale!"
-Children's Book News
"[Bates has the capacity to weave a spell over her readers. . . . A strongly written book, excellent for those who believe that any door may open onto another world."
-Grey-Bruce This Week and St. Catherine's Standard
"A fully formed alternate world, made real by telling detail and deep characterization. . . . Marwen's journey will absorb readers completely."
-Quill & Quire, Starred Review