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Enchanted Glass: another enchanting Wynne Jones,
This review is from: Enchanted Glass (Hardcover)
Fans of Wynne Jones may be disappointed to find that none of their favourite characters appear, but she's created another new set. Absent-minded academic Andrew inherits his grandfather's house and magical responsibilities without a briefing on what these are. He also inherits two warring members of staff, who try to control him and infiltrate their relatives into his life. Aidan, a young orphan, arrives on the doorstep. Andrew and Aidan help each other to discover their magical abilities and the powers of the house, seeing off magical attack by creatures that don't use iron, led by the sinister Mr Brown. Readers of "The Pinhoe Egg", another recent Wynne Jones in the Chrestomanci series, may detect similarities - barbed wire barriers set up in the wood by a menacing power; uncovering magical powers where they lay hidden in a house; people who may or may not be magical creatures. Like her novella "The Game", mythological creatures turn out to be real. Lots of delightful inventions and conceits, including a magic wallet, a mysterious consumer of oversized vegetables, and a loyal were-dog. Andrew grows into his inheritance - literally - and after a happy ending, one is left wanting to know what happens next to the characters - as with so many other Wynne Jones stories.
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2010 08:12:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Mar 2010 08:13:32 GMT
This review was helpful and did begin by my feeling that I wanted to purchase it ... but why, oh why, reveal that it had a happy ending!? I'm not sure now whether I do want to read a book that no longer holds the thrill of turning each page in excited or fearful anticipation of its end!
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2010 20:10:26 BDT
Lucy Garden says:
Hi, thanks for the feedback, I tried hard not to spoil the story (and notice that other reviewers were not so careful) and maybe you're right that I shouldn't have said the ending was happy, but I've yet to read a Wynne Jones that doesn't have a happy ending, so I don't think I gave very much away!
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2011 17:54:00 GMT
I know a book of hers that doesn't have a happy ending- Homeward Bounders. And Fire & Hemlock has an ending which I can't for the life of me figure out after reading it 10 times or more, so I'm not sure if it counts as happy or not.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 12:54:58 GMT
I know, but I still don't get it the way she tells it. A beautiful book all the same.
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