The Islands Of Chaldea by Diana Wynne JonesThe Islands Of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones

The Islands Of Chaldea

byDiana Wynne Jones

Paperback | April 7, 2015

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The brand new and final novel from the magical pen of 'the Godmother of Fantasy', Diana Wynne Jones; co-authored with her sister Ursula Jones. Now in paperback.How are you supposed to turn into a Wise Woman if your powers just won't show up? Aileen is convinced she'll never become as magical as her Aunt Beck.Then one day her aunt is set a seemingly impossible mission. She must go to the island of Logra and rescue the kidnapped High Prince from the enemy, and Aileen must go with her. They set off along with Ivar, Aileen's spoilt cousin, and Ogo his clophopping servant, recruiting on their way a huge and elusive cat, a monk with an uncannily wise parrot, and a boy inventor who keeps a pet lizard up his sleeve. But this is no band of mighty warriors, and the evil Lograns and their wizards have blocked their way with an invisible barrier in the sea. Aileen doubts that even with all the magic in the Islands of Chaldea, including Aunt Beck's, they will be able to penetrate it.But Aileen is about to discover that she could be more important to the mission than she realises. Perhaps it is her, above all, who is being drawn to Logra, and for a very special purpose.
Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011) spent her childhood in Essex and began writing fantasy novels for children in the 1970s. With her unique combination of magic, humour and imagination, she enthralled generations of children and adults with her work. She won the Guardian Award in 1977 with Charmed Life, was runner-up for the Children's Book...
Title:The Islands Of ChaldeaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pagesPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007549180

ISBN - 13:9780007549184

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fitting Last Hurrah A very fitting last book from Diana Wynne Jones that feels like it has a lot of elements from her earlier written books! The tone, the little quirky sayings, and just all around fun characters had me captivated and I wanted to read it from start to finish in one go. I really laughed out loud a couple times, especially at the Aileen's internal commentary about Ivar and Ogo and just the ridiculousness of some of the things that happened on the journey. We begin the story with Aileen who really thinks she's a complete failure of a magic women since she saw nothing in The Place and is generally feeling like she doesn't amount to much. I shall always be that little Aileen with the freckles and the buckteeth and no real gift at all, I thought sadly. Damn it, even Ogo looked more imposing than me. Despite this, Aileen is dragged on a journey with her Aunt Beck, Wise Woman of Skaar, to find a person from each of the islands to journey to bring down the barrier of Logra, one of the islands, and save a prince. If her disappointment with not seeing a vision isn't enough, she has to travel on a seemingly hopeless journey with who knows what sort of people! And to top it off, Prince Ivar whines the whole trip and Ogo doesn't seem to know how to help. What's a girl gotta do? Make friends with an ugly large cat of course! It was satisfying and very, very enjoyable. Thanks to Ursula for finishing up this last novel for the fans and for her sister.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Witty and Adventurous! I'm so happy I was introduced to Dianna Wynne Jones; everything she writes is a pleasure. I loved Islands of Chaldea; it was a beautiful story. It was like watching a piece of art in my head, haha.
Date published: 2017-01-12

Editorial Reviews

. "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. I am only grateful that she took us on this final journey." Neil Gamain