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Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
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Jul 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, fantasy, juvenile
Read in July, 2011

An elderly magician dies and passes on his heritage (posthumously) to his heir without ever having had the chance to explain what it entails; a young runaway with his own unknown heritage winds up on the magician's doorstep shortly thereafter. Both have to unravel and accept their backgrounds and their destinies, both of which are far more or, possibly, far less complex than they might have imagined. Throw in a cast of villagers, some of them as talented as the magician himself (if not more so), a giant who happens to live in the garden, a village fete, the denizens of Elfland, a dog who sometimes isn't, and far too much cauliflower cheese, and & you have a Diana Wynne Jones novel.[return][return]It's a sad fact that Diana Wynne Jones didn't/hasn't/doesn't write more; there's really no-one else quite like her. This isn't one of her top-of-the-tree efforts (it would take a lot to topple 'Howl's Moving Castle' or 'Fire and Hemlock' from their secure places in my affections), but it's still a damn sight better than most of the dross that's churned out in the name of YA fantasy.[return][return]It's interesting that this is the second book in rapid succession in which the location is almost a character in itself not so much so as in 'The House of Many Doors', but enough to be worth a mention.[return][return] Also worth a mention in passing is the fact that the cover art perfectly reflects what's described in the book. This is such a rare phenomenon that it really is that noteworthy.[return][return]New DWJs are a rare phenomenon too. Now for the long, long wait until the next one ...

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message 1: by Mari (new)

Mari Did she have books in the works that will be published posthumously? She passed away this year, (for those who hadn't heard this sad news).

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