This was to me a very captivating book, a rare blend of mood and magic, of old world and other world. But it is very special, and the type of thing which either entrances you or leaves you cold. It is the story of Joan and Richard, brought up in neighboring castles, two of the oldest in England, steeped in Arthurian tradition and grandeur. Together they find complete happiness, until the sordid ending of their parents' marriages, the war and death disillusion them. Together with the old gardener they make a wish to remain children -- and they do, and at twenty are still guileless, carefree, irresponsible, and as bewildering to the world around them as they are bewitching. Human vultures plan to play havoc and they are forced to make their choice, and decide in favor of pain and responsibility and maturity. They emerge, they fall in love, they are able to stay together. Delicately, evocatively handled.