George MacDonald's Castle Warlock is many things: a mystery, an adventure, a coming-of-age story, a celebration of the beauty of the Scottish Highlands, and a revelation of spiritual truth. At the novel's center are two unforgettable characters, young Cosmo Warlock and his father, the Laird of Glenwarlock. Michael Phillips captured the essence of this Christian classic when he wrote that "most striking of all is the love which exists between Cosmo and his aging father, in the heart of which pulsed the earliest attraction of the boy toward the heartbeat of God himself."
“George MacDonald was one of the very finest writers of the nineteenth century and yet also one of the most ignored in today’s foolish world. My stepfather, C. S. Lewis, once told me that he had never written a word that was not influenced by George MacDonald, and he encouraged me to read [his] works. I re-read him almost every year. However, where suited, he uses the old Scottish language and dialects and that can make some of his work a touch opaque to those restricted to the modern English usage. David Jack has here nobly addressed that problem with the tale of Castle Warlock, rendering the Scots Doric which sadly, few enough today would fully or easily comprehend, into language that we can all enjoy. If you have not yet plunged into, and been entranced by, the works of George MacDonald, this book may well be the place to begin.”
-Douglas Gresham, stepson of C. S. Lewis, and series producer, The Chronicles of Narnia