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Children's LiteratureAnother title in the massive reissue of Diana Wynne Jones's equally massive fantasy oeuvre, this is one of her earliest efforts. As such, she toys with themes that she will return to over the years. Yes, there are the fey children: siblings Ayna, Gair, and Ceri. When their mound home on the English moor is threatened by a combination of onslaughts from two age-old enemies, they must learn to work together using their individual gifts in a dangerous attempt to save their way of life. But wait—is it possible that these enemies (the Giants, and an underwater-living people known as Dorig) might not be as terrible as painted? Wynne Jones has some fun dabbling with mediation themes. She also unveils a surprise as one slowly discovers that the various players might not be from such disparate worlds after all. Containing inklings of The Dalemark Quartet as well as themes later pursued in her alternate universe books, it's an amusing introduction to her style. 2003 (orig. 1976), Greenwillow, Ages 10 up.
— Kathleen Karr