An inherently absorbing novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative driven storytelling that holds the fully entertained reader's complete and compulsive page turning attention from cover to cover, Deborah Cox- Walker's new novel, "Forged", is especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Contemporary Women's Fiction collections. (James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review, Oregon - no relation to the author)
Sian Hughes (Poet & tutor at St Anne's College, Oxford University) "You are FAR more Angela Carter [than Philip Pullman]. Much more rich, playful, womanly, terrifying sort of stuff."
Chris Miller (Editor) "...a great writer...I'm delighted it's going well - it was obviously full of raw talent and I hope it is i. the first of several or even many and ii. it makes you a mint!"
Clapham Publishing Services: "YA literature is a booming little field at the moment and you have a good hook: witches, paintings, family intrigue."
Martin Kemp (Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, Trinity College, Oxford University): "a virtuoso effort in evocative coherence and temporal dislocation"
Bernard O'Donoghue (Poet and Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College, Oxford University):
"Wow! This is terrific - compelling and exciting and beautifully written: like Philip Pullman for grown-ups. Please send me the next chapter ASAP"
Professor Julian Thompson, Fellow in English Literature at Oxford University:
"It’s a page turner... full of challenging energy...The Woodstock setting is intriguing. It reminds me of the rural sub-culture (or ‘English’) culture Jez Butterworth found in Jerusalem..."