The Islands of Chaldea
The brand new and final novel from the magical and whimsical pen of 'the Godmother of Fantasy', Diana Wynne Jones; co-authored with her sister Ursula Jones. Aileen was supposed to grow up magical - just like the other women in her family. Unfortunately, she's just found out that the magic seems... show more
The brand new and final novel from the magical and whimsical pen of 'the Godmother of Fantasy', Diana Wynne Jones; co-authored with her sister Ursula Jones. Aileen was supposed to grow up magical - just like the other women in her family. Unfortunately, she's just found out that the magic seems to have skipped a generation...but that's not her biggest problem right now. In her world, there are four Islands of Chaldea. The largest and most magical island has been cut off from the other three for decades - and is slowly draining the magic from them. But now a prophecy has come to light. Someone from Aileen's island will gather a man from each of the three islands, bring down the magical barrier, and unite them with the fourth island again. And according to the king, that someone is Aileen's Aunt - who insists on dragging Aileen along. AND the boy Aileen is sure she'll marry (one day); AND the local boy with more brawn then brain. Someone seems to want to stop them too...someone with an interest in keeping the Islands apart. But still, with magic on their side, nothing can go wrong. Right?
Publish date: April 22nd 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
As much as I tried to get into this book, I couldn't. I liked Aileen and Aunt Beck and all the rest of the crew and it had a nice questing atmosphere, but for some unknown reason, it didn't make much of an impression on me. Additionally, it is rather a slow go until the last 50 pages or so. It odd...
The Islands of Chaldea is a bittersweet little book-mostly because it is Wynne Jones' last. It was published posthumously, and it wasn't completely when it was found, and thus it had to be completed by her sister, herself a children's author. It takes place in an alternate universe Great Britain, wh...
I absolutely loved this book. It is fanciful, dramatic, clever, and beautiful. Diana Wynne Jones' last story is a masterpiece. Reminiscent of Clive Barker's ""Abarat"" series and J.R.R. Tolkien's ""The Hobbit"", ""The Islands of Chaldea"" is an epic fantasy quest contained within the pages of a sing...
Aileen doesn't know if she'll ever become a Wise Woman after failing her initiation. She want to the Place and nothing happened for her. But soon the High King sends Aileen and her Aunt Beck on a quest to finally left the barrier that separates them and Logra. Aileens a bit suspicious of the quest...
Number One book I'm looking forward to.