This is the first in a series of stories concerning the title character – Henry Ian Darling – and his adventures. The words ‘quirky’ and imaginative’ sprang to mind as I devoured this witty and distinctive tale. Having said that, when I reached the end, I wasn’t entirely sure what had happened (although I find this is often the case with short stories, so that isn’t necessarily a bad thing). Julie Elizabeth Powell has a unique and thoughtful writing style and a clear, distinctive voice. It’ll be interesting to see where she takes this character and his strange friends.