“The Eagle Tree is a gorgeously written novel that features one of the most… memorable autistic protagonists in literature. The hero of the book is like a 14-year-old Walt Whitman with autism. Credible, authentic, powerful.”
“A pilgrim tale worthy of Chaucer… artfully delivered by a master storyteller.”
“Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed, Hayes’ novel is woven through with a deep knowledge of medieval history, all conveyed in mesmerizing prose. At the center of the novel is Mear, a brave and heartbreaking character whose story of triumph over adversity is a joy to read.”
"A considerable achievement... powerful and elegant... morally complex and challenging. Wilderness of Mirrors is about the events of 9-11 and the War on Terror, but of course it's also about many other topics... the novel provides a scathing critique of the CIA and NSA."
“Like a literary Rubik’s Cube, puzzling and full of compellingly offbeat traps and escapes, Wilderness of Mirrors depicts a wide, strange world in which modern nations compete to harness and weaponize monsters, enslaving malevolent spirits using arcane mathematics and the death tolls of bloody wars. Ned Hayes writes with stunning empathy of a truly global cast of characters--an Arab professor of linguistics, an aging female Chinese intelligence officer--who stumble through a landscape of political expedients toward a tempting yet horrific reality. Captivating.”