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The Islands of Chaldea

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ISBN13: 9780062295071
ISBN10: 0062295071
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Staff Pick

One generally fears for posthumously completed versions of an author's unfinished work, but fans should rest easy knowing that The Islands of Chaldea is a sweet middle-grade adventure that sparkles with trademark Diana Wynne Jonesian wit (not to mention vivid characters, cantankerously loveable magical beasts, and slippery magic).
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Publisher Comments:

The Islands of Chaldea is a new novel of magic and adventure by the renowned fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones, who left behind many acclaimed and beloved books upon her death in 2011, including the internationally bestselling Howl's Moving Castle and the Chrestomanci books. The Islands of Chaldea was completed by Diana Wynne Jones's sister Ursula Jones, an acclaimed novelist and actress.

Aileen comes from a long line of magic makers, and her Aunt Beck is the most powerful magician on Skarr. But even though she is old enough, Aileen's magic has yet to reveal itself. When Aileen is sent over the sea on a mission for the King, she worries that she'll be useless and in the way. A powerful (but mostly invisible) cat changes all of that — and with every obstacle Aileen faces, she becomes stronger and more confident and her magic blooms. This stand-alone novel is a perfect introduction to the novels of the beloved Diana Wynne Jones.

Review:

"Set in a luminous and beguiling magical land, this standalone novel was begun by acclaimed fantasist Wynne Jones before her death in 2011 and has been seamlessly completed by her sister Ursula, an actress and writer. Just a day after Eileen seems to fail her initiation into her family's magical tradition, she and her Aunt Beck — a fully-fledged Wise Woman — are sent on a quest to breach the mysterious barrier that separates the islands of Skarr, Bernica, and Gallis from the enemy land of Logra. Accompanying Eileen and Beck are Ivar — the haughty prince whom Aileen plans to marry ('Until then I feel free to admire him greatly in secret') — and Ogo, an awkward Logran boy. More companions join the travelers, including a sometimes-invisible giant cat that Aileen nicknames Plug-Ugly. As Aileen grows into her own powers, she reunites with long-lost family and reassesses her romantic plans. Though the plot twists are slightly less fiendish than in previous works, Wynne Jones's humor, compassion, and invention continue to delight throughout this exhilarating tale. A story to cherish. Ages 8 – 12. (Apr.) " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“The best children's writer of the last 40 years.” Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline

Review:

“Readers are treated to a nonstop plot, memorable characters, and signature DWJ touches.…For younger readers, a worthy introduction to the delights of the late, lamented master fantasist.” The Horn Book

Synopsis:

How are you supposed to turn into a Wise Woman if your powers don't show up?

Aileen comes from a long line of magicworkers. And her own gifts should have been even greater. But she failed her initiation so completely that she doubts she'll ever become as magical as her aunt Beck, the most powerful magicworker in Skarr.

So when the High King sends Aileen and Aunt Beck on a secret — and suspicious — quest across all the Islands of Chaldea, Aileen worries she'll only be in the way.

Hmmm, as Aunt Beck would say. What blather.

The quest is not at all what it seems, and Aileen must puzzle out her own way after Aunt Beck angers another formidable sorceress. With the help of a (mostly) invisible cat, a (surprisingly) wise parrot, and a ragtag band of allies, Aileen will see her magic bloom. And while she's at it, she might even rescue her missing father and save a lost prince.

About the 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 were filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy.

Ursula Jones is an actress, children's author, and playwright. She has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Unicorn Theatre for Children. Her books include The Youngsters and The Lost King. She lives in London.

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Eden, May 6, 2014 (view all comments by Eden)
Aileen doesn't know if she'll ever become a Wise Woman after failing her initiation. She want to the Place and nothing happened for her.

But soon the High King sends Aileen and her Aunt Beck on a quest to finally left the barrier that separates them and Logra. Aileens a bit suspicious of the quest, but it seems she, and her Aunt Beck, have no choice in the matter. They are to go and before Aileen knows it, she's off on an adventure.

"Getting to read an extra Diana Wynne Jones novel, almost finished at the time of her death, is like being given extra time with her: the wisdom, the humour and the storytelling magic were hers until the end. It's a fantastical set of islands - Caledonian, Hibernian and otherwise, and I am only grateful that she took us on this final journey." - Neil Gaiman about The Islands of Chaldea

When Diana Wynne Jones passed away in 2011 I was devastated. I felt as if I had lost a very close friend or family member. It was hard on me and I soon came to find out that I was not alone. All of her fans pretty much felt the same as I did.

But there was going to be one last book - and that was Earwig and the Witch. I had accepted that and was happy to at least get one more book from Diana Wynne Jones. And it was a good book. A very fun, but too short story.

And when it was announced there would be another book by Diana Wynne Jones, I was beyond excited.

I pre-ordered The Islands of Chaldea in December and for America the release date was April 22nd. The book came in the mail the next day after its release and I decided to wait to read it until May. This month 5 years ago I became a fan of Diana Wynne Jones and so I am celebrating this month.

The Islands of Chaldea was wonderfully magical and worth the wait. It had everything that I've come to know and love from Diana Wynne Jones. The story was a fun adventure with a cast of different characters. I liked Aileen instantly. She was unsure of herself, but I felt that made her more real. And Plug-Ugly, I just loved that cat.

I liked the other characters too. Although Aunt Beck could be a bit moody and Prince Ivar was a bit whiny. Ogo was interesting and so was the Monk, as well as the Parrot named Green Greet.

And all the places they visited on their quest were quite different from one another, which I thought was cool. And it was fun to see Aileen change over the course of the story, to learn more about her family and herself.

In every book I've ever read by Diana Wynne Jones, she creates strong female characters and Aileen was no different. She was very likable, and when they had to depend on her, she came through.

This book was a wonderful adventure, a very enjoyable and memorable read. And now it has become a favorite of mine.

And I couldn't tell where Diana's writing ends and Ursula's begins. Ursula Jones did a good job and I just want to thank her. Diana may have written most of the story, but because of her, us fans were able to get another book from our favorite author.

Thank you Ursula Jones. I love this book so much.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062295071
Author:
Jones, Diana Wynne
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Author:
Jones, Ursula
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140422
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
eng
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 10

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Product details 368 pages Greenwillow Books - English 9780062295071 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

One generally fears for posthumously completed versions of an author's unfinished work, but fans should rest easy knowing that The Islands of Chaldea is a sweet middle-grade adventure that sparkles with trademark Diana Wynne Jonesian wit (not to mention vivid characters, cantankerously loveable magical beasts, and slippery magic).

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in a luminous and beguiling magical land, this standalone novel was begun by acclaimed fantasist Wynne Jones before her death in 2011 and has been seamlessly completed by her sister Ursula, an actress and writer. Just a day after Eileen seems to fail her initiation into her family's magical tradition, she and her Aunt Beck — a fully-fledged Wise Woman — are sent on a quest to breach the mysterious barrier that separates the islands of Skarr, Bernica, and Gallis from the enemy land of Logra. Accompanying Eileen and Beck are Ivar — the haughty prince whom Aileen plans to marry ('Until then I feel free to admire him greatly in secret') — and Ogo, an awkward Logran boy. More companions join the travelers, including a sometimes-invisible giant cat that Aileen nicknames Plug-Ugly. As Aileen grows into her own powers, she reunites with long-lost family and reassesses her romantic plans. Though the plot twists are slightly less fiendish than in previous works, Wynne Jones's humor, compassion, and invention continue to delight throughout this exhilarating tale. A story to cherish. Ages 8 – 12. (Apr.) " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “The best children's writer of the last 40 years.”
"Review" by , “Readers are treated to a nonstop plot, memorable characters, and signature DWJ touches.…For younger readers, a worthy introduction to the delights of the late, lamented master fantasist.”
"Synopsis" by , How are you supposed to turn into a Wise Woman if your powers don't show up?

Aileen comes from a long line of magicworkers. And her own gifts should have been even greater. But she failed her initiation so completely that she doubts she'll ever become as magical as her aunt Beck, the most powerful magicworker in Skarr.

So when the High King sends Aileen and Aunt Beck on a secret — and suspicious — quest across all the Islands of Chaldea, Aileen worries she'll only be in the way.

Hmmm, as Aunt Beck would say. What blather.

The quest is not at all what it seems, and Aileen must puzzle out her own way after Aunt Beck angers another formidable sorceress. With the help of a (mostly) invisible cat, a (surprisingly) wise parrot, and a ragtag band of allies, Aileen will see her magic bloom. And while she's at it, she might even rescue her missing father and save a lost prince.

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