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The Ropemaker Hardcover – 7 Sep 2001

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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)
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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.

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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.

"From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Ok the title may not suggest anything particulary magical or exciting, but once you start reading it grips you. Some books try to be like this, merging characters and plot with unnerving skill, and fail. It follows the adventures of Tilja, Tahl and their grandmother and grandfather respectively. They have to save their homes from destruction (as per standard fantasy book) but it is shown as saving a way of life and relationships between people, not just the vague idea of "the world". It gets off to a slow start but after the first few chapters it is hard to put down, and by the middle it is impossible to. There are no elves, goblins or dwarves in this book but a lot of magic. Exciting magic at that, the book is full of it.
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.
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Format: Paperback
This book has to be one of my ultimate favourites. It is set around the life of a girl called Tilja who grows up in a Valley secluded from the Empire that controls most of the outer world. In the Valley there is no magic except from the mysterious sickness that prevents men from entering the forest - through which the only access to the Empire outside can be obtained. However this sickness is failing and Tilja, her grouchy grandma and two other companions whose destiny is woven together with hers throught the magic protections on the Valley, must set off on a quest to find the one person who can restore the magic in the Old Forest.
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
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By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is DEFINITELY a favourite of mine!It isn't just a 'typical' fantasy adventure book like many i've read but is actually very individual, unique,spellbinding and you find yourself caught up in the belivable world of magic and the adventures that you follow. the only criticism could be that it doesn't quite get into depth about the characters as much as other books although saying that it's not like you can't understand the characters. very good. go read!
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Format: Hardcover
Another great Peter Dickinson story. Recommended Reading
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Note that this is a long book, with a great deal of character building and world building up front. Once we have set up the four main characters and the nature of their quest, the quest itself moves along at a good pace, but it is a long and complicated journey. I point that out because this is not a "quick read". It is very well done and very rewarding, but it will take a certain amount of commitment from your young reader to keep going.

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.
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By A Customer on 4 Aug. 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this book. I can say that i enjoyed it but not as much as i thought i would.
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.
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