By Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Snarky excerpts from a handbook for reapers precede every chapter, offering useful background information (plus some witty commentary on current fantasy trends), and the character of the Vodník is a treat, melding childishness, menace, and tricksterdom. . . . Slovakian culture, landscape, and history are accessibly conveyed and they, along with the rich treatment of Slovakian folklore, serve to distinguish this debut novel from other tales of supernaturally harangued teens. Recommend this equally to those interested in Eastern European culture and those who will appreciate a good jab at vampires’ literary ubiquity.