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Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones

Enchanted Glass (edition 2010)

by Diana Wynne Jones

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Title:Enchanted Glass
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones
Info:Greenwillow Books (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 304 pages
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Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones

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Good, but the end was rushed. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
3.5 stars. ( )
  Crowinator | Sep 23, 2013 |
Only a short way in and yet completely in love already. I had read a short story by her in a collection recently (that was edited by Neil Gaiman) and knew I had to find more immediately. Luckily she's written tons of stuff and I get to explore it all. It's a "young adult" book that feels about as all ages as it gets and it's full of magic and life and great images and interesting people and even horses! Can't wait for all the rest! ( )
  Clare.Davitt | Aug 5, 2013 |
Enjoyable and very, very English village, with the "field of care", and the English faerie myth background. ( )
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Crossley, StevenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When Jocelyn Brandon died - at a great old age, as magicians tend to do - he left his house and his field-of-care to his grandson, Andrew Brandon Hope.
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"As a boy, he had spent fascinated hours looking at the garden through each differently coloured pane. Depending, you got a rose pink sunset garden, hushed and windless; a stormy orange garden, where it was suddenly autumn; a tropical green garden, where there seemed likely to be parrots and monkeys any second. And so on. As an adult now, Andrew valued that glass even more. Magic apart, it was old old old. The glass had all sorts of internal wrinkles and trapped bubbles, and the long-dead maker had somehow managed to make the colours both intense and misty at once."

When the magician Jocelyn Brandon Hope died he bequeathed Melstone House to his grandson Andrew. He also left his ‘field of care’: an area of strangeness surrounding the land around the house, whose boundary Andrew must walk in order to preserve its power.

Andrew had always loved the house, but he finds owning it a lot more complicated, aside from all the magic. There is Mrs Stock, the tyrannical housekeeper who won’t let him move the furniture and punishes him with her terrible cooking. Just as bad is the obsessive gardener who will only grow giant inedible vegetables. To add to his troubles, twelve year old orphan Aidan Cain suddenly arrives on the doorstep begging protection from magical stalkers, and Andrew’s sinister rich neighbour, Mr Brown, begins to encroach on the ‘field of care’. The one compensation is the gardener’s beautiful niece, Stashe. Things become stranger and stranger until all is made clear with the help of the enchanted glass itself.

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After his grandfather dies, Andrew Hope inherits a house and surrounding land in an English village, but things become very complicated when young orphan Aidan shows up and suddenly a host of variously magical townsfolk and interlopers start intruding on their lives.… (more)

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