Enchanted Glass

Enchanted Glass

Diana Wynne Jones / Feb 23, 2020

Enchanted Glass 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 tr

  • Title: Enchanted Glass
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • ISBN: 9780061991936
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 gooAidan 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

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      • Diana Wynne Jones

        Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre There, Jones and her two younger sisters Isobel later Professor Isobel Armstrong, the literary critic and Ursula later an actress and a children s writer spent a childhood left chiefly to their own devices After attending the Friends School Saffron Walden, she studied English at St Anne s College in Oxford, where she attended lectures by both C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien before graduating in 1956 In the same year she married John Burrow, a scholar of medieval literature, with whom she had three sons, Richard, Michael and Colin After a brief period in London, in 1957 the couple returned to Oxford, where they stayed until moving to Bristol in 1976.According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was an atheist when she was a child.Jones started writing during the mid 1960s mostly to keep my sanity , when the youngest of her three children was about two years old and the family lived in a house owned by an Oxford college Beside the children, she felt harried by the crises of adults in the household a sick husband, a mother in law, a sister, and a friend with daughter Her first book was a novel for adults published by Macmillan in 1970, entitled Changeover It originated as the British Empire was divesting colonies she recalled in 2004 that it had seemed like every month, we would hear that yet another small island or tiny country had been granted independence Changeover is set in a fictional African colony during transition, and begins as a memo about the problem of how to mark changeover ceremonially is misunderstood to be about the threat of a terrorist named Mark Changeover It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies sex, politics, and news In 1965, when Rhodesia declared independence unilaterally one of the last colonies and not tiny , I felt as if the book were coming true as I wrote it Jones books range from amusing slapstick situations to sharp social observation Changeover is both , to witty parody of literary forms Foremost amongst the latter are The Tough Guide To Fantasyland, and its fictional companion pieces Dark Lord of Derkholm 1998 and Year of the Griffin 2000 , which provide a merciless though not unaffectionate critique of formulaic sword and sorcery epics.The Harry Potter books are frequently compared to the works of Diana Wynne Jones Many of her earlier children s books were out of print in recent years, but have now been re issued for the young audience whose interest in fantasy and reading was spurred by Harry Potter.Jones works are also compared to those of Robin McKinley and Neil Gaiman She was friends with both McKinley and Gaiman, and Jones and Gaiman are fans of each other s work she dedicated her 1993 novel Hexwood to him after something he said in conversation inspired a key part of the plot Gaiman had already dedicated his 1991 four part comic book mini series The Books of Magic to four witches , of whom Jones was one.For Charmed Life, the first Chrestomanci novel, Jones won the 1978 Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, a once in a lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper that is judged by a panel of children s writers Three times she was a commended runner up a for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year s best children s book for Dogsbody 1975 , Charmed Life 1977 , and the fourth Chrestomanci book The Lives of Christopher Chant 1988 She won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, children s section, in 1996 for The Crown of Dalemark.


    1. One thing I've always liked about Diana Wynne Jones' books for children is that she makes no artificial barrier between adults and children; they're all people. So rather than have the grownups dismiss or disbelieve the children's real concerns for no apparent reason other than that they're grownups, in her books parental and other adult figures listen, understand, and get stuck in to the magic. In Enchanted Glass, Diana Wynne Jones takes this a stage further: even though the book is obviously a [...]

    2. 2.5 stars.I had to choose the UK edition, as the cover of the US version is totally lame. Who do they think it's going to appeal to? Boys won't want to read it because it has rainbow swirls, and girls won't want to read it because it's about a smelly boy. I certainly felt stupid finishing it in Starbucks this afternoon (though I did get to sit next to the old lady with a Kindle and her iPad-wielding elderly husband again the second time I've encountered these tech-savvy retirees).So this is a pl [...]

    3. This is Diana Wynne Jones at her very best, a mixture of magic, humor, and sheer delight as an absent-minded professor inherits/encounters his grandfather's house, his magical field-of-care, two tyrannical servants, a giant, a weredog, a beautiful secretary, and a young boy hiding from the magical forces who are trying to kill him.Don't worry if you're confused, it will all be sorted out in the end, as Andrew gets his head out of the clouds and begins to figure out the puzzle that has been left [...]

    4. On the death of his grandfather, Andrew leaves his professorship to run the family homed the accompanying magical estate. As he grows used to his new responsibilities, he remembers more and more of what his grandfather taught him about magic, and he starts noticing encroachment on his magical lands. Andrew tries to beat back the fairies' slow invasion with the (sometimes inadvertent) help of his fellow villagers.This is a lovely book, and I absolutely love the way the village, Melstone House, an [...]

    5. I've followed DWJ's books for a loooong time - I can't say with authority that I've read all of them, but I've certainly read most, at one time or another. My husband grabbed this for me when he saw it at the library. It's engaging and well-constructed, with likeable characters, as usual but there are a couple of things about it that really kind of bother me. First, within the first two chapters, we have three dead mothers and a dead grandmother in the backgrounds of the various main characters. [...]

    6. Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful. I was so excited to have a brand-new DWJ book to read, that wa unrelated to what had come before. New characters, new people to meet. Her standard themes were there, where she gathers a group of disparate people into one place, antagonistic toward each other they may be, with the right characteristics to step up to the plate to defeat the bad guys when the other members fail. Diana Wynne Jones knows and illustrates the value of the group and the individual's unique [...]

    7. I love DWJ and would rather have a new book from her than almost any other children's author I can think of, and I had a lot of fun reading this one: neat magic, excellent characters, very funny. That said, though, I did think it was rather derivative of a couple of her other recent books (The Pinhoe Egg and House of Many Ways came to mind a lot), so I wouldn't put it with her top-rank books.

    8. rantingdragon/enchanteEnchanted Glass is Diana Wynne Jones’s last published book before her death on March 26, 2011. The novel is a charming young adult standalone in Wynne Jones’s trademark style, beloved by many and unique in British children’s literature. Professor Andrew Hope—he isn’t really a professor; he just happens to work at a university—inherits the old Melstone House and its ornery retinue after the death of Andrew’s grandfather, Jocelyn. Of course, [...]

    9. I should know by now not to mind the terrible covers on Diana Wynne Jones books. That said, if there’s one thing I know about my bookish self, it’s that I’m incredibly snobby about cover art. So, even though I trust her storytelling implicitly (and explicitly, for that matter), I was put off by this ugly cover and didn't read Enchanted Glass right away. I now wish I had, because in this middle grade fantasy Diana has created a marvelous story, characters and place, and I can see that I’l [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. I think I might be in love I gulped this book down marveling all the while how can a story so magical be so casual, so matter of fact about it? The mythical characters strolling nonchalantly into the story, the ancient magic radiating from everything in sight brought with them only the surprised remembrance, as if like Andrew I had simply forgotten about it all and now that I have remembered again nothing could be more natural.It's one of those books that make me bemoan the fact that I did not g [...]

    12. When Andrew's grandfather Jocelyn Brandon Hope dies, Andrew Hope inherits Melstone House and land. However, all is not what it seems -- Jocelyn Hope was in fact a magician and the surrounding land is deemed a 'field of care', meaning that Andrew has to 'beat the bounds' in order to retain its magical power. Andrew's childhood fondness for Melstone House now becomes complicated by its infusion with magic, especially the strangely coloured glass on an inside door and a counterpart he discovers in [...]

    13. É um livro infanto-juvenil que me deixou encantada. Tem magia, que chega devagarinho, e o leitor vai descobri-la à medida que as personagens a descobrem. Neste aspeto, é um livro iniciático Aidan Cain perdeu a avó que o criara e vai tentar encontrar a ajuda de um tal Jocelyn Brandon. No entanto ,apenas encontra o professor Andrew Hope, neto do anterior, já falecido, que é seu herdeiro e está a braços com a casa nova e a herança que recebeu, acossado por empregados bizarros e exigentes. [...]

    14. Diana Wynne Jones is my all-time favorite author, and I really enjoyed this book. However - especially compared to her previous work - I felt like the characters and world-building weren't as strong, and it had the younger feel of The Pinhoe Egg as opposed to the older feel of something like Fire and Hemlock. The idea of "counterparts" didn't go far enough. But I did love another DWJ read and hope I continue to get one every few years!

    15. Man, those pages turn. Not on par with Howl's Moving Castle or Dark Lord of Derkhelm, but a whole lot of fun. I love the smart way Jones plays with the tropes of fantasy. Doubling is a classic technique, and she puts the reader on the path to understanding it very well. Plus, one of the bad guys gets beaned - quite effectively - with a giant zucchini. Happy sigh.

    16. I so enjoyed this book. I am pretty likely to pick up any Diana Wynne Jones book I run across if I haven't read it before. This one was especially fun. I was drawn to all the characters, and really had a good time watching the events play out. It's very playful with some impressive magical bits as well. So glad I found this book!

    17. This book has a lot of the great writing - characters especially - for which I love DWJ. Not one of my favorites of hers, but they can't all be Howl's Moving Castle. (Or Chrestomanci. Can we have more Chrestomanci now pretty pretty pleeeease?)An interesting first: I'm pretty sure no other DWJ book has ever mentioned the Internet, though quite a few have included computers.I like the idea of the glass itself, and the fact that the fairies are the classic Oberon-and-Titania set. I like the way Aid [...]

    18. This was an enchanting story, full of magic. I don’t usually read children’s books, and I never read Diana Wynne Jones before although I watched and liked the Manga version of her novel, Howl's Moving Castle. This book – I fell in love with. I enjoyed it tremendously and I’m definitely going to read more of this writer. Much more.This particular tale is a quiet one. There are two protagonists: Andrew, an adult, and Aidan, a child. Andrew’s grandfather, the magician, died, and left Andr [...]

    19. A fun story with nods to Shakespeare, British folklore, and classic faerie tropes. Andrew Hope is the classic absent-minded professor, who stumbles into an old feud when he inherits his uncle's field-of-care and unwittingly exacerbates it by taking a young boy under his protection. The boy, Aidan (whose name nobody except his friends can pronounce correctly -- a handy device for spot-the-foe), is clever, funny and kind; he makes friends not only with the local boys but also with the somewhat-slo [...]

    20. In a way, all Diana Wynne Jones' books remind me of each other. There's something very similar in the style of them -- though Enchanted Glass is perhaps a bit more subdued than the others -- and yet also something fresh, every time, something in the tone A feeling, I suppose, that I wish Diana Wynne Jones would come and tell me bedtime stories, in a way: something about her stories would make my toes curl with glee at the same time as I would know it would be okay to go to sleep.Enchanted Glass [...]

    21. This is the story of a young orphan boy named Aidan who comes looking for his grandmother's friend after her death. He finds that the friend has died to and the house has been inherited by his grandson Andrew. Aidan can tell that Andrew is full of magic but Andrew doesn't remember what his grandfather taught him as a boy. Andrew needs to remember because his neighbor O. Brown is trying to steal his land and power. And evil forces want Aidan too. Luckily they have friends in the town including a [...]

    22. 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.Althou [...]

    23. I knew after the first chapter that I was going to enjoy this book. The dynamic between Andrew and Mrs. & Mr. Stock was quite amusing, and I chuckled frequently - and continued to enjoy it until the very end.This is one of those "Young adult" or "children's" books that didn't feel like one when I was reading it, but has appeal across all age groups. It was - as the title would suggest - enchanting.

    24. In the end this became an okay book. I had to struggle just to finish it and ended up skimming. I had high hopes for this one. The cover is pretty and I loved fantasy reads but I found myself confused with where the plot was going while the writing and it's characters fell flat.Not the escape I was hoping for.

    25. 2nd read: 1/16/11 A Comfort Re-read. I hated the last book that I read so much that I re-read this one just to make myself happy!1st read 4/16/10: What a treat! I loved this new book by Diana Wynne Jones. I loved all of the quirky characters and their interactions--especially the piano war.My only complaint? It wasn't long enough! DWJ's books pretty much never are IMO.

    26. La autora vuelve a regalarnos una historia de costumbrismo y magia, muy inglesa y totalmente adorable. Sin embargo, es demasiado simple para alguien de la talla de Diana Wynne Jones, que nos deja con ganas de más con un final algo precipitado.

    27. I finished it and it was fabulous. I aspire to own every one of this woman's books at some point (in a vast, magical library, of course!). The only thing I didn't like was what happened in the last few pages, which was presumably the set-up for a sequel. Which will now never exist :(

    28. So I had a really hard time with this In my view, there was too much telling, not enough showing, and it took what felt like forever for the plot to really get going, and the secondary characters were either confusing or just irritating. The ending really threw me, and in my opinion, made no sense. I'll have to give this one a discontented evaluation.

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