Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Enchanted Glass by Diane Wynn Jones

Enchanted GlassEnchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When Andrew’s grandfather passes away, Andrew receives his large, magical estate in the will. He decides to leave his university job to care for it full-time; he realizes that there are magical things he has forgotten over time and wants to properly care for the property with all its magical beasties.

Soon after Andrew moves in, 12-year-old Aiden shows up, explaining that his grandmother, before she died, instructed him to come to the estate after her death. Andrew lets him stay, and it’s a good thing he does—Aiden has magical abilities, and he helps Andrew to remember

his own magical past. He also helps Andrew figure out the mystery surrounding the enchanted glass in the back door of the house.

This is a fun story that has both realistic and fantastical elements. Aiden does regular things like clothes shopping—and then uses his magical wallet that always seems to produce the exact amount he needs when he needs it. There are also fun characters like Groil (a giant who eats only vegetables) and Rolph (a were-dog who can turn from boy to dog at will). Readers who enjoyed this book might also like the Erec Rex series (Kingsley).

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1 comment:

  1. I'm interested to know why you gave the book 2/5, since there's nothing in your review to suggest you didn't enjoy it or that you found problems. Obviously, you have your own style of rating but I'd expect any book with a score of 40% to have significant problems.