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Beautiful, powerful and - above all - magical
on 26 January 2010
'Magic Flutes' is the first book of Eva Ibbotson's that I have read and it is certainly not going to be my last! I absolutely LOVED it and would reccomend it to teenagers and adults alike. It is a powerful and moving read and left me wanting more. While browsing for other titles I was delighted to find a whole range of more books. To me, it seems like a delectable tray of chocolates, to be savoured but so tempting to be devoured. Forgive the metaphor.
This book was supposed to last me the week - after two days, I'd finished it. Now that it's finished, I'm suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Little Tessa is the most likeable of characters and I found myself yelling at the pages for her to stop being so ridiculously selfless. As for Guy Farne, he is one of the best heroes I've read in a novel. Even Nerine, who I was determined to dislike, had my pity. I thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout the novel and kept finding myself laughing at funny moments; I even had tears in my eyes at one point. That is no easy thing - only Lion King has ever made me cry.
The way Ibbotson creates such vivid, real characters is genius. It's like I was in Vienna with Tessa and Guy and experiencing all they experienced. She describes the scenery so beautifully that I could see it clearly in my mind's eye. Also, the way pieces of music and song are described had me looking up the same songs - 'The Merry Widow' for instance, is now one of my most played on my iPod.
Definitely read this. Don't even hesitate. You will all love it, I know it.