'A dazzling and beguiling tale... Deeply rooted in the fantasy genre, but original wonderful and petrifying... A mesmerising new voice in Scottish fantasy fiction, and a book that deserves to vanish off the bookshop shelves'
Carnegie Medal nominee 2018
'McNeill has created a fabulous universe packed full of wonder and terror. The Beginning Woods has earned its place on a shelf with Gormenghast and The Princess Bride. I loved every word and was envious of quite a few. It opened my eyes wide and quickened my heart. A modern classic rich, funny and terrifying'
'Unafraid to grapple with complexity, The Beginning Woods ... is a love letter to the power of imagination'