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Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
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Mar 10, 12

Read from March 06 to 10, 2012

An old magician, on the verge of his death, tries to summon his heir to his side to pass down something important. Unfortunately, his heir and grandson, Andrew Hope, failed to make it to his side in time, leaving him with a mystery he did not even know existed. One day, a boy turned up at his doorstep, seeking refuge from something sinister, and Andrew extended a helping hand, but little did he know the extent to which he was getting himself involved in a world he did not fully understand...

Diana Wynne Jones is definitely one of my favourite writers. I admit that I've forgotten about her for some time, but every time I picked up one of her books, I am reminded again and again how under-appreciated she is. She has this magical quality to draw you into a world so fascinating, with a right balance of fun, danger, and mystery.

In Enchanted Glass, the characters are memorable, each unique in their own way. I love all of them, with their quirks and peculiarities. The plot unravels a little too slowly for my liking, and the seemingly lackadaisical pace in which the characters sometimes operate annoys me somewhat, but overall the world DWJ has created is a wonderfully captivating one. It is a world with magic in cleaning spectacles, impossibly large vegetables, and racehorse results being of more use than just for compiling statistics. With a world like that it is hard not to forgive the shortcomings of the story; sometimes I did not mind that no one was doing anything against the threats against them because lounging around in a world, in a particular scene, felt right.

There is really nothing much for me to say about this book. I suppose I'm better at complaining than pointing out what went right, and in this book, there isn't much that went wrong...
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