Reviews by Elizabeth Merritt
This book truly sets a high bar for the subsequent books to follow. As it turns out, a lot of the "fiction" books in our world are actually true. All the lands we've read about exist as islands in the Archipelago of Dreams, and there is only one book of maps, the Imaginarium Geographica, which shows all the lands in it.

Unfortunately, to understand all of this book you have to have read through a good deal of books to understand this, including some works by Homer, Egyptian Mythology, and several books by Lloyd Alexander. There are far more, but unfortunately I don't have it in front of me right now so I can't list them here.
Almost as good
I think I preferred Here, There be Dragons, The Red Dragon, and the Indigo King to this one, but not by much. The story is a little more far-fetched than the others (well, maybe not the Indigo King) and a little more forced, I think.
However, if you don't compare it to the other books, than it is really very good. The earlier books in the series set a bar that this one just barely didn't reach. On the upside, this book requires less knowledge of literature to understand.
This book is a great combination of the stories of King Arthur, the bloodline of Odysseus, and of the great writers, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
The plot is a little more complicated than in previous novels, and may take some rereading to understand fully, but overall it is just as good as its companions in the series. (Though the talking badgers, I think, are a bit much.)