2012: 32. Enchanted Glass 

"When Jocelyn Brandon died - at a great old age, as magicians tend to do - he left his house and his field-of-care to his grandson, Andrew Brandon Hope."

Enchanted Glass, Diana Wynne Jones

This is one of the best Jones's I have read lately. Or I should say, this is my favorite type of Jones - one of the great things about her is that she writes in so many different styles, so that when you open one of her books you never know what you're going to get (compare that with, say Ruth Rendell, who either writes Wexford or creepy psychopaths)*.  But this one is in the same vein as my favorite books of her - the Chrestomanci books , as it concerns a world very much like ours, except that it happens to have magic.  Andrew Brandon Hope has inherited his grandfather's house -and he has also inherited his field of magic, but he doesn't know it. Or rather, he sort of remembers something like that in the back of his head, but something keeps distracting him.  Maybe his new ward, Aiden can help him figure it out.

So, yes, classic fantasy tropes, but written so cleverly and originally, that I couldn't put it down. I haven't been blogging in strick chronological order, but, in fact, it was this book that set me off on a bit of a Jones binge (as the books to come will demonstrate).

Categories:  Fiction, YA, Library Book

*First time someone has ever compared Diana Wynne Jones and Ruth Rendell, I suspect.

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