No amount of mere description can convey more than a fraction of Lord Dunsany's pervasive charm
One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century
Dunsany's masterpiece ... that may well be the same as saying it could be the very best fairy story ever written
A delicate ear for speech rhythms and a brilliantly exact imagination
It's not simply the beauty of the language, the astute eye for character, the hint of humor, or even the spell of legendry and wonder, but Dunsany's unique combination of all of the above. Even read today, with all the fantasy novels I've read, his work remains fresh and exuberant
A fine, strange, almost forgotten novel ... the writing is beautiful ... This is the real thing. It's a rich red wine, which may come as a shock if all one has had so far has been cola. So trust the book. Trust the poetry and the strangeness, and the magic of the ink, and drink it slowly
A fantasy novel in a class with the Tolkien books
The poetic style and sweeping grandeur of The King of Elfland's Daughter has made it one of the most beloved fantasy novels of our time, a masterpiece that influenced some of the greatest contemporary fantasists. The heartbreaking story of a marriage between a mortal man and an elf princess is a masterful tapestry of the fairy tale following the "happily ever after"