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2.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment, 20 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Fire and Hemlock (Kindle Edition)
I usually love Diana wynne jones books and having read the chrestomanci series and a bunch of reviews I was really excited to start reading fire and hemlock but was dreadfully disapointed : it had none of the usual flair, the characters were weak and the worst thing was the relationship between Polly and Tom. WhenTom is first introduced Polly is a young girl and he is described as very old but by the end is only a little older than Polly. This shift in age was explained as Polly didn't remember right or something like that but I only ever saw him after that as an old man so found the growing love interest a bit creepy. All in all it was okayish but judging from the reviews if you haven't read any of Diana wynne jones previous books it's fantastic but if you've read the likes of howl's moving castle prepare to be disappointed.
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Initial post: 14 Jul 2013 17:24:00 BDT
I can understand what this reviewer meant by Tom seeming old at the beginning but I don't actually think he is portrayed as 'very old', just seeming old to the ten year old Polly (and also seeming old because he is drawn and ill-looking after his tense experiences with the Perry Leroys).

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2014 16:15:41 GMT
In point of fact all 'adults' would be seen as old to a 10-year old. As an 18-year old I went to help with my mother's class of 10/11 year olds. They thought we were married.

To my mind this then is quite realistic.
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