Top positive review
Recommended - one of my favorite authors
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2016
A Fine and Private Place is one of my favorite novels of all time, so I turned to Tamsin thinking that it might be a YA novel, but Beagle is always involving and imaginative. Where in fantasy are two cats this much fun? Mister Cat is the best character in the book. I think the development of the characters and the plot is excellent, and the celtic myths of the Pooka and the others are terrific; the land becomes a character in itself. My gripe is with the conclusion and the protagonist, who grumps her spoiled way through the novel, and in my mind is unlikely throughout. I recommend Tamsin as a successful Beagle creation; few in fantasy create imaginary and melancholy settings so well.