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Enchanted Glass

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Jones at her finest

    Any new book by Jones is a delicious treat, a reason to put down whatever else I'm doing and curl up with a cup of tea. This one, however, came with special poignancy because I received it just after I learned of her death. So I opened the pages with a kind of sadness, not wanting to admit that in many ways, this was farewell. (If there is another book to be published posthumously, I don't know of it.)

    And found magic. Within a few paragraphs, her clear prose and unaffectedly direct storytelling had drawn me into a world in which magicians bequeath not only fine old houses but fields-of-care as well. Only in this case, the old magician left it "rather too late," meaning without personal instruction as to exactly what a field-of-care is and how one cares for it. A few pages later, Andrew Hope is struggling not only with his magical inheritance but with the two classically-Jones abrasive and recalcitrant retainers, Mr. Stock (who expresses his disapproval in the form of boxes of gigantic and inedible vegetables) and Mrs. Stock (no relation to Mr. Stock, who expresses hers by waging war as to the positioning of the piano in the living room). By the time young Aidan (the boy on the rainbow-hued cover) arrived, I had become part of the household as well.

    In tone rather than details, Enchanted Glass reminded me very much of the first Jones book I fell in love with, Charmed Life. Even when the characters were at risk, I always felt safe in her hands. Even the most eccentric and unappealing personages were treated with respect and often made invaluable contributions to whatever quest was underway. After all, in worlds where a prince can be enchanted into a turnip-headed broom, where spells are woven into cloaks, centaurs attend fantasy conventions, and fallen stars walk among us as dogs, every moment carries the possibility of wondrous adventure.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2015

    Very enjoyable.

    Entertaining and You never know what will happen next with one of her stories. As she's been writing stories with wizards before Harry Potter existed, it's ridiculous that one editorial reviewer accused the author of trying to capitalize on the popularity of Rowling's world. Best to say that Rowlings may well have been influenced by this author. Another uneducated editorial reviewer stated that the characters from Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream seemed out of place, but that reviewer is apparently unaware that Shakespeare didn't manufacture Oberon, Titiania, and Puck whole clothe. These characters existed in mythology and writings well before Shakespeare gave them a whirl, and there are hundreds of stories about them in varying environments. I also totally disagree with one reviewer who felt there was mean spirited humor and some poking fun at the cognitively disabled. Instead, we see Shaun with some rare skills that others don't have. I am puzzled as to how any honest reviewer could misinterpret this. This work is a bit different than some of her others in that some of the themes in it seem more for adults, but it is still kid appropriate. All of her works that I've read are enjoyable for kids or adults, and how many authors can you say that about? If you haven't read any ofher works yet and you like fantasy fiction, you are in for a treat, because she's one of the greats. Creativity beyond anything else out there, and it's a great ride. Savor it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2014

    Lovely

    I love nearly all of DR'S books. This one is just as charming.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Typical Good Jones for Kids

    If you like her work, as I do, you will enjoy this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rocks!! You have to read it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Love Diana's books.

    I've yet to read a book that she's written that disappoints me. This is a good book, well worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Briliant book

    The best of the books

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

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    Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

    Professor Andrew Hope has inherited Melstone House, and it turns out to be more than he bargained for. The housekeeper and gardener don't get along, the paperwork is a mess, and a mysterious orphan boy, Aiden, turns up on his doorstep.

    Things only get worse when Andrew discovers someone - or something - is trying to take over his property and get to Aiden. Andrew must find a way to keep his land and the boy safe or it could prove disastrous for everyone.

    I had a difficult time getting into this book. The concept is good, but the constantly shifting points of view made it hard for me to bond with the main characters. Aiden seemed older and far more mature than a young boy should be, and Andrew seemed distant.

    The minor characters were quirky and funny and helped keep me reading. After I got used to the changing points of view, it made reading easier. The more I read, the more things got exciting, so I'm glad I didn't give up.

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