Enchanted Glass

Enchanted Glass

by Diana Wynne Jones

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Overview

Aidan Cain has had the worst week of his life. His gran died, he was sent to a foster home, and now malicious beings are stalking him. There is one person Gran told Aidan to go to if he ever got into trouble—a powerful sorcerer who lives at Melstone House.

But when Aidan arrives on the doorstep, he finds that the sorcerer's grandson, Andrew, has inherited the house. The good news is that Aidan can tell immediately that Andrew's brimming with magic, too—and so is everyone else at Melstone. The bad news is that Andrew doesn't remember anything his grandfather taught him. Chaos is swiftly rising, and he has no idea how to control it. A sinister neighbor is stealing power from the land, magic is leaking between realms . . . and it's only a matter of time before the Stalkers find Aidan.

If Aidan and Andrew can harness their own magics, they may be able to help each other. But can they do it before the entire countryside comes apart at the seams?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061991936
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 616,452
File size: 397 KB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones (1934‒2011) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Characterized by magic, multiple universes, witches and wizards—and a charismatic nine-lived enchanter—her books are filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy.

What People are Saying About This

Neil Gaiman

“She’s the best children’s writer of the last 40 years. I read her latest book, Enchanted Glass, and marveled once again at how good she is. It’s a tale of magic, double-dealing, subversion, and plot, not to mention giant vegetables and dangerous fairies.”

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Enchanted Glass 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
DeborahJRoss More than 1 year ago
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.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story - like most of Diana's, it presented an entirely new way of seeing things that could be real and unnoticed. Oberon etc were very interesting, the idea of the counterparts was fascinating (though not explicitly tied in to the knacks), both Andrew and Aidan were neat - the only problem with it is that it doesn't have a sequel, and won't (waaah! Diana gone! Selfish, but real). It ends rather abruptly and just after a couple new ideas have been presented...Still excellent, and no real loose ends, but I wish there could be more.
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely not my favorite of DWJ's books, but an enjoyable read nonetheless. Enchanted Glass has a complex plot with many secondary characters that can be difficult to keep straight, but the main characters were relatable and fun to read about. I will definitely reread this (especially to better understand what all happened).
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An absentminded history professor inherits his grandfather's house and magical responsibilities. Soon he, and his young houseguest Aidan, are beset by matters both arcane and domestic. Vintage Jones.
flemmily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love how Diana Wynne Jones mixes the mundane and the fantastical, that the world in her books is created equally by cauliflower cheese and magic powers. Enchanted Glass is kind of a tamer version of Conrad's Fate with a little Eight Days of Luke thrown in. It is kind of a friendly story, the underlying menace is not as sinister she has written in Fire and Hemlock for example.I enjoyed it a lot.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Andrew was working at a university when his grandfather Jocelyn Green died, leaving him a legacy that turns out to be more than he can remember. For example, he can remember that the panes of glass on the back door should not be broken or that he leaves his gardener's inedible vegetables outside overnight, but he doesn't remember their importance or who eats them, respectively. Then there's the field-of-care, the tract of land under the protection of his grandfather, and now Andrew himself. Aidan Cain, a boy with no little magical ability himself, runs from mysterious visitors into Andrew's protection. Will Andrew be able to remember what his grandfather told him and come into his inheritance? Why is Aidan in danger? And what is the importance of the panes of glass on his kitchen door?Diana Wynne Jones is one of the authors on my "automatic order" list - when a new book comes out, I immediately put it on hold at the library sight unseen and knowing as little about the story as possible. This story does not disappoint. The story is a fast read with twists and turns carrying the reader along with it. The characters sometimes run to eccentric but are so much fun to spend time with. Like Howl's Moving Castle, each individual's approach to magic is a little different, and magic is accepted alongside science as part of reality. Highly recommended.
LeslitGS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a child, Proffessor Andrew Hope knew that his grandfather could do magic--real magic, and was a very important man. But now that he has inherited the man's house, Andrew realizes that there was a lot more going on around him on those visits than he knew. With a housekeeper who likes things to stay the way they were, a groundskeeper who only has eyes for his vegetables and a runaway who is being pursued by mysterious creatures, more than just his life hinges on figuring out how to handle this new magical chapter in his life.This summary was a hard one to write, because the cover of the book does not show Andrew, but rather Aiden, the runaway who lost his grandmother and, to all appearances, his grandmother's magical protection when she died. But don't judge a book by it's cover, right? Right. Then look at it this way: the story is almost evenly divided between time with Aiden and time with Andrew. So who is the story actually about? Since the text is in the children's section, and the style is unadulteratedly for a youthful mind [which does not proclude an adult, thank you very much], it feels as though Aiden should be, in fact, your lead. But this story at least, there may yet be sequels because she left it open enough to pick up the threads again [but not in the obnoxious hack "I AM WRITING A SEQUEL HERE" kind of way], the lead is, in fact, Andrew. He is the one who inherits the house, who has to protect the house, who has to figure out what on earth is going on and, in the end, save the day.Don't get me wrong. Aiden is there, every step of the way, showing the reader a bit more of the world they are in. He also ends up being part of the problem, however. Not through any virtue of his own control, but rather because he's a kid who doesn't know who he really is. Part of the story right there, yeah. It also doesn't matter who the focus is, because Jones has created a cast of characters who are quirky and entertaining. Mrs. Stock, the housekeeper thinks Andrew is an absent minded professor and Aiden is a stomach on legs who will eat them out of house and home. If they do things she does not appreciate [like moving the piano do a different spot in the room], she punishes them with a dish called "cauliflower cheese." Now, I like cauliflower, and I like cheese, but something about the way she doesn't actually tell you what it entails puts the fear of it in me. It's almost got to be some sort of casserole of gooey doom. Alongside her is Mr. Stock [no relation], who has his revenge in bringing cartons of over-sized and under-flavored vegetables that won't make the cut at the fair. Aiden himself is really just a normal kid who is pleasant, kind, and curious enough to sneak around and find things out on his own while not alienating his new caregiver.These are really just the every-day characters at the beginning. More appear quickly, but are never overwhelming. The book is no philosophical masterpiece, but rather an example of a simple story, maybe even a fairy story, with people and a tale to enjoy. I know that I used the word in the last review, and it is even in title of the book, but Diana Wynn Jones' writing is simply enchanting. Delicately weaving her web of words over this quaint English countryside, Jones incorporates magic so subtlely that it never feels anything but normal for Andrew to be able to take off his glasses, polish them and then push the furniture about with his mind. It is just as natural that the vegetables left out on the shed should be eaten nightly by an unknown magical creature of some immense height. And it only makes sense that when Aiden, the runaway, should join the family and find a dog, the dog is far more than what it seems.Okay, let's be realistic here. She got me with Howl's Moving Castle. She held me with The House of Many Ways. And now, having read and adored a third book of hers, I will happily say that Diana Wynn Jones is going to be on my shelves forever.*This post should really be subtitled:
AJBraithwaite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A pleasant enough read, but didn't grab me as some of her earlier works did. It felt a bit like 'painting by numbers'. I didn't find that either Aidan or Andrew were portrayed in engaging detail and there were too many other characters who were only sketchily drawn out.I liked the idea of being punished by one's gardener with overgrown vegetables (although was less convinced by the housekeeper's punishment: cauliflower cheese is a dish I'd be quite happy to eat fairly often!). Perhaps the very best thing about the book was its beautiful cover.Ultimately, rather unsatisfying. But then I'm not the target age group - my daughter enjoyed it very much.
Herenya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When the magician Jocelyn Brandon dies, he leaves his house and field-of-care to his grandson, Andrew Hope, who is an academic in his thirties Despite spending much of his childhood at Melstone, Andrew has forgotten a lot of what having a field-of-care entails, and is unaware of the extent of his own magical abilities. Andrew is confronted with domestic issues caused by the strong-willed housekeeper and gardener he has inherited, and difficulties in writing his novel (about history)... and then 12-year-old Aidan Cain arrives at Melstone House looking for Jocelyn Brandon. Aidan is perused by the mysterious Stalkers and following the advice of his recently deceased grandmother, that if in trouble, he should go to Jocelyn Hope.As Andrew and Aidan explore the boundaries of the Melstone field-of-care and meet more of the unusual characters who live within it, and evade Aidan's perusers, they realise that something is not right... and that the stain-glass window in the kitchen door is more than just a window.Enchanted Glass is a delightful, entertaining story, which bears many of Jones' trademarks - a wonderful sense of place (including beautiful old buildings), quirky characters, a unique take on magic and a mystery surrounding the magic, magic creeping up on seeming-reality, an interesting appearance by modern version of some mythical figures, and a dog.I love that the two characters are of different ages and generations yet are able to find common ground, and that the story is both of theirs equally. There is something very likeable and convincing about both of them. (I love how Jones has captured the quirks glasses wearers can have, and given it a certain significance). Aidan is a very believable portrayal of a boy still grieving, and I love how the (sensible) adults treat his grief sensitively and with respect.However, personally there was something less than satisfying about Enchanted Glass, and I think it was that it came so close to being brilliant about ultimately wasn't. There is an understated romance, which for me was a bit too understated to be convincing (although I approval of understated romance in general and there were things about it I thought Jones handled well). Also, something fell flat (for me) regarding both the final denouncement (maybe it was just a tiny bit too predictable?) and the 'final twist/revelation', which instead of being revealed where it may have changed the shape of the story, is added at the end. Still, I wonder if my disappointment is merely because I was hoping for something else, rather than an indication that there was something wrong with what there was. It is a solid story - entertaining and enjoyable. Just not the DJW I'd take to a desert island.And because it is notable... the cover is fantastic. Not only is the enchanted glass crucial to the story, but the image captures it exactly how it is describes - and manages to do so and still be an attractive and appealing cover! That's not something I'm in the habit of saying about DWJ covers! Kudos to whoever was behind that one.
tardis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Andrew Hope inherits two things from his grandfather: Melstone House and an ill-explained duty to look after the "field of care" surrounding the house and village. Andrew also inherits his grandfather's housekeeper, Mrs. Stock, and gardener, Mr. Stock (no relation to each other). This contentious pair inflict punishments on Andrew when he offends them - Mrs. Stock by cooking nasty meals, and Mr. Stock by delivering inedibly large veg. Add one mysterious runaway boy, Aiden, Mr. Stock's lovely niece, Stache, Mrs. Stock's simple nephew, Shaun, a giant, a dog, an assortment of villagers, the evil Mr. Brown from Melstone Manor, and Mr. Brown's assorted henchmen. And magic, of course - it wouldn't be a Diana Wynne Jones book without magic. Andrew and Aiden have to figure out how to protect the field of care, the mystery of Aiden's parentage and why he is being pursued by a number of very nasty customers, and what to do about the encroaching Mr. Brown. This was a very enjoyable book - not as complicated as some of DWJ's stories, but very satisfying, and like the others will be well worth re-reading. Also the cover, depicting the stained glass window from Andrew's kitchen door, is beautiful.
flissp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Andrew Hope inherits Melstone House - a place he's always loved - from his grandfather, giving him the opportunity to pack in his job at the nearby University and write a book. But with the House come responsibilites and Andrew finds himself immersed in local politics of many descriptions. Then the 12 year old runaway, Aidan Cain turns up on his doorstep, looking for Andrew's grandfather, chased by mysterious Stalkers.You can always rely on Diana Wynne Jones for simple but humourous and imaginative stories that just make you feel good. You care about the characters, even the awkward ones and, even after reading many, many DWJs books, I still find I usually can't predict how the plot will resolve. This was indeed the case for her new book and I now feel vindicated in my dislike of cauliflower cheese!
phoebesmum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An elderly magician dies and passes on his heritage (posthumously) to his heir without ever having had the chance to explain what it entails; a young runaway with his own unknown heritage winds up on the magician's doorstep shortly thereafter. Both have to unravel and accept their backgrounds and their destinies, both of which are far more ¿ or, possibly, far less ¿ complex than they might have imagined. Throw in a cast of villagers, some of them as talented as the magician himself (if not more so), a giant who happens to live in the garden, a village fete, the denizens of Elfland, a dog who sometimes isn't, and far too much cauliflower cheese, and ¿ you have a Diana Wynne Jones novel.It's a sad fact that Diana Wynne Jones didn't/hasn't/doesn't write more; there's really no-one else quite like her. This isn't one of her top-of-the-tree efforts (it would take a lot to topple 'Howl's Moving Castle' or 'Fire and Hemlock' from their secure places in my affections), but it's still a damn sight better than most of the dross that's churned out in the name of YA fantasy.It's interesting that this is the second book in rapid succession in which the location is almost a character in itself ¿ not so much so as in 'The House of Many Doors', but enough to be worth a mention. Also worth a mention in passing is the fact that the cover art perfectly reflects what's described in the book. This is such a rare phenomenon that it really is that noteworthy.New DWJs are a rare phenomenon too. Now for the long, long wait until the next one ...
Ayling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good old Diana Wynne Jones. I love how with all of her books you feel like you're in the same world, different universe. She has created a 'Diana Wynne Jones' world all of her own.What always amazes me is that she never seems to bother with explaining anything, like the world, the magic it just is what is and she doesn't need to explain. You just get it. She always credits her readers with some intelligence which I love too. I can't help but say "I love" when speaking of Diana Wynne Jones.Although, the story itself felt a bit - recycled and put together, her older works are much better but I can't take credit away from her. It might not be as good, but still just as brilliant.
soybean-soybean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
as always, dwj's books grab my interest thoroughly
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am so sorry to finish one of my last new Diana Wynne Jones stories. A great deal of my love of literature has roots in early reading of her books. And this book was in flying form - a quiet story with hazy memory and hazy vision, where kind people softly battle monsters, and domestic rituals have unsuspected power. I enjoyed every moment in this village, while Andrew and Aiden come to terms with their inheritances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 7 pages! Do not confuse this with the longer book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love nearly all of DR'S books. This one is just as charming.
AlisonBrooklyn More than 1 year ago
If you like her work, as I do, you will enjoy this one.
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Rocks!! You have to read it!!
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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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The best of the books