This book is magnificent and heart breaking. it is also utterly compelling. The story picks you up and carries you like a magic carpet ride, through places and cultures that seem both familiar and exotic. Arun's story has adventure, loss, a quest, joy and redemption. There's also plenty of humour and wit. It is beautifully written, with the words sparkling and glowing like jewels and enamel on polished gold. I read it in electronic form and then got it in actual paper, and was amazed by how big a book it is, as I sped through it , desperate to find out what happened, and solve the mystery of Night, who is a cool silver thread running all the way through. I really recommend this as a brilliant piece of story telling.
by Alison Munro
I enjoyed this book it was well written with good character development/relatable characters and relatable moments that dealt with very raw emotions in a beautiful way. I would definitely recommend.
Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/227830/review/818228
by NetGalley review
This first novel by Zeeba Ansari offers a rich and immersive poetic journey, alongside Arun who embarks on a quest that changes him in numerous ways. The narrative is compelling and evokes dreamlike worlds, drawing on imagery of the Silk Road and the Crescent Spring and Library Caves of China. Zeeba is known as a poet and every sentence is beautifully constructed. A page-turner that is full of wonders.
by Victoria Fied
The Hut is such a compelling, beautifully told story that the reader finds it impossible to put down and is sad when the last page is turned, like parting from an old friend.
by Margaret Bacon
Zeeba is an amazing wordsmith. I know this book has been many years in the writing but it's so been worth the wait. A stunning debut novel. I loved every single gorgeous sentence.
by Jenny O'Connor
'A remarkable new world, vividly explored, with an entrancing thread of poetry running through the compelling narrative.'
by Robert Wilton
This book is a treasure. I was enthralled right from the beginning, being enticed into the story Arun was sharing with Night. Zeeba weaves such a rich world, and an evocation of human experience, in an environment outside my experience, yet sort of familiar from ancient tales. Arun has human qualities which had me despairing as well as cheering him on. I felt I was with him every step of the way, through the lows and the highs. I didn’t want the story to end, and I do hope there will be another book to follow. Highly recommended to anyone who loves good storytelling.
by Mary Lunnen