- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; First Edition edition (7 Sept. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 033394738X
- ISBN-13: 978-0333947388
- Package Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 3.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,603,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ropemaker Hardcover – 7 Sep 2001
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A challenging magical adventure for the thinking reader. Publishers Weekly, Starred
While on one level this tale is a fantasy, it is also a wonderful coming-of-age story. School Library Journal, Starred
Dickinson works his own magic in a thoroughly compelling tale that delves into the nature of both magic and time. Booklist, Starred"
"A challenging magical adventure for the thinking reader."--Publishers Weekly, Starred
"While on one level this tale is a fantasy, it is also a wonderful coming-of-age story."--School Library Journal, Starred
"Dickinson works his own magic in a thoroughly compelling tale that delves into the nature of both magic and time."--Booklist, Starred
-A challenging magical adventure for the thinking reader.---Publishers Weekly, Starred
-While on one level this tale is a fantasy, it is also a wonderful coming-of-age story.---School Library Journal, Starred
-Dickinson works his own magic in a thoroughly compelling tale that delves into the nature of both magic and time.---Booklist, Starred --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
Tilja has grown up in the peaceful Valley, which is protected from the fearsome Empire by an enchanted forest. But the forest's power has begun to fade and the Valley is in danger. Tilja is the youngest of four brave souls who venture into the Empire together to find the mysterious magician who can save the Valley. And much to her amazement, Tilja gradually learns that only she, an ordinary girl with no magical powers, has the ability to protect her group and their quest from the Empire's sorcerers.
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Top Customer Reviews
Some of the major themes of the book are growing up, being rejected and feeling the responsiblilities of power. And of course the baddies get the beating they deserve.
Similar in style to William Nicholson in "The Wind Singer", it is a childrens book yet I can see adults hiding this book in Nick Hornby covers, it is so good. A exhilerating fantasy story that people of all ages will enjoy, no matter what genre they like.
This story keeps you literally spellbound throughout and the world is created so cleverly you believe and wish it to be real. In the Empire magic is banned and there are terrible punishments for those who break these rules, including the terrible but powerful magicians who guard the major cities. All these dangers must be overcome by our heroine who discovers a powerful secret about herself which was never apparent in the magic-less Valley.
Peter Dickinson uses clever twists and a gripping story-line to make the tale flow as easiyl as if it were real and throughout you grow to understand Tilja and the other characters.
This is truly a marvellous work of fiction, although the only regrets I have about it is the lack of depth into the Empire and the shortness of the book. BEWARE - you will be bitterly disappointed that there is no sequel! It is still definately worth the read however
That may be why the book has sort of fallen through the cracks. Too young for adults, too demanding for earlier readers. This is the kind of book that a reader might start and then return to later when her tastes, reading skills, or patience have developed.
But, congratulations on having found it. Well worth a try.
It is a wonderful story with a lot of imagination put into it although i did find that some of the ideas were from other stories ie the magical and all powerful ring that all wizards would die for - The lord of the rings and i found quite a few more of these similarities.
Although this book is similar to, 'The wing Singer', it in no way has the same depth and emotion.
I think anybody would enjoy this book as long as they were interested in magic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book sat sitting on my shelf for the longest of times. I kept telling myself that I would pick it up and read it and yet I always ended up reading something else instead. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Siobhan
Not many people have heard of this book, which is a shame as it is truly a great piece of fantasy. No magical humanoids as mentioned, this book focusses more on the characters,... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2011 by Mr. David J. Watson
if you like a story with a journey and magic then this is the book for you. A story that keeps you hooked from the very 1st paragraph! Read morePublished on 13 April 2008 by Claire Miller
The very first paragraph of this compelling story had me intrigued. It's very hard to find a fantasy book that does not somehow echo that of another, but The Ropemaker succeeds in... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2006 by Ms. E. Walker
I have just finished reading this book and i thought it was an amazing book that made you want to read more, i have read many other books by Peter Dickinson but i think this has to... Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2006 by H_A_Y_L_E_Y