Power of Three
Cari could find what was lost.
Gair thought he was ordinary.
The three children of Gest, the chief of Garholt, know the perils of the Moor on which they live. The Dorig, their people's enemies, are cold-blooded, fierce underwater creatures who terrify anyone unlucky enough to happen upon them. The Giants are dangerous and violent.
But it's not un...more
There is a powerful curse at work on the moor. The giants, the people and the Dorig are all suffering from one ill-advised deed. Although the reader may think they know what to expect - they really don't. It is up to Gair, the ordinary son of a hero, to save the day.
The plot of this book builds up slowly. Although the reader will know from the beginning that things are not right, an...more
Though the Moor is enchantingly beautiful, it holds great perils for the people who inhabit it. Powerful Giants, with extraordinary magical machines, clumsily roam the land, while silent Dorig, who possess devious shape-shifting abilities, terrify anyone unlucky enough to happen upon them.Then there are, as they call themselves, "the People" and it is among them that this story takes place. A cursed gold collar, a broken promise, ignoring a warning vision, and the clash of cultures for survival...more
I like the way Jones plays with perspective here. There are three groups of people, each with a different set of names for their enemies, and they all come to learn that their ideas about each other are completely wrong. That's what happens when you rely on rumor to build an impression of someone. And then the day is saved by compromise and diplomacy!
Cute. Very cute, but anticlimactic all the way through. Likeable, but distant characters. The ending was really rather flat and boring, albeit very reasonable. I don't know. I kind of feel the same I felt about Hexwood – it was okay, but nothing remarkable, and the last qua...more
The plot moves at an ambling pace, most of the cast is quickly sketched with more detail filled in as the mostly main character comes to understandings and realizations, and the ending is a little abrupt and too neat, even compared to Jones' normally abrupt endings.
Still, I enjoyed th...more
...and enjoyed it...
...and enjoyed it.
I'd give it a higher rating except that it has to be one of the least memorable books I've ever read (along with The Merlin Conspiracy, also by Diana Wynne Jones.) It was only as I neared the end of the book I realised I knew exactly what was going to happen and that I'd read it before.
Over the years, I've done this twice: got two-thirds of the way through the story before I recognised it.
In each case it was a satisfying read. But not o...more
Meh. This story started out with such promise, but then the time period/setting turned out to be completely different than I expected (and not in a good way), the differences of physical scale between the three peoples and their environment never did make much sense, and the ending sort of waffled. But at least I realized early on that I was probably going to be disappointed--it wasn't like Fire and Hemlock, where you get to the end before you go ARGH.
Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death. I can't say I'm overcome with emotion - as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all - but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them....more
Jones' particular genius is writing books...more
Three different groups of people who each think the others are not people have conflict over land. Their children (of course) get together and find common ground, and they are to resolve the conflict.
This is the story of Ayna and Ceri, who both had Gifts, and of Gair, who thought he was ordinary.Gair spent his time gazing out onto the Moor and brooding. Ayna could answer questions about the future, Ceri could find things which were lost. Gair seems to have no Gift and knew he was a disappointment to his jovial, heroic father – who is Chief. Perhaps his feelings of not fitting in was what made him so curious about these other different sorts of beings who lived on the Moor – the Giants and th...more
Diana Wynne Jones has the gift...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the 'Pover of T...more
A solid Jones, and enjoyable story, it just lacked a certain depth and humor that her best books contain. Read it if you get the chance, but don't expect a House of Many Ways story.
Contains a murder and other violence, though not described in great detail.
For Diana Wynne Jones's official autobiography, please see http://www.leemac.freeserve.co.uk/aut...