Monday, June 21, 2010

Enchanted Glass: A book review

Title: Enchanted Glass

Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level: 12 and up

Summary: Aidan Cain has had the worst week of his life. His gran died, he was sent to a foster home, and now malicious beings are stalking him. There is one person Gran told Aidan to go to if he ever got into trouble—a powerful sorcerer who lives at Melstone House.

But when Aidan arrives on the doorstep, he finds that the sorcerer's grandson, Andrew, has inherited the house. The good news is that Aidan can tell immediately that Andrew's brimming with magic, too—and so is everyone else at Melstone. The bad news is that Andrew doesn't remember anything his grandfather taught him. Chaos is swiftly rising, and he has no idea how to control it. A sinister neighbor is stealing power from the land, magic is leaking between realms . . . and it's only a matter of time before the Stalkers find Aidan.

If Aidan and Andrew can harness their own magics, they may be able to help each other. But can they do it before the entire countryside comes apart at the seams?

My Review: I got this book out of the library because it's Diana Wynne Jone's latest book and I have always been a fan of hers. She is a wonderful writer, she creates very funny and interesting characters. This book had a large cast of characters. I liked how the main character was a middle aged man which I think is an interesting main character for a MG novel. Although sometimes I confused the names of the characters since most of them started with the same letter or we're exactly the same, since for some reason where this book was set everyone in the village was named Stock. Which was confusing yet funny. All of the characters were interesting yet not her most memorable ones. The plot wasn't her finest. It was pretty basic, there weren't as many amazing revelations at the end like the usual books she writes but then every author likes to break out of their usual MO once in a while. I liked the use of fairy lore in it, and there were many funny scenes and plenty of magic. So basically this wasn't her finest work but still a nice easy read.

Content: There was actually quite a lot of questionable material for a usual DWJ book. There were references to a lot of swearing, a failed seduction and a girl who is talked about as being rather promiscuous and using drugs and alcohol.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Recommend: To fans of DWJ's books, and to fans of light fantasy.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you did a review on this, I was wondering what it was about. Good job, as usual. :D


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