- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Format: Hardback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 218mm x 30mm | 420g
- Publication date: 27 February 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0007542232
- ISBN 13: 9780007542239
- Sales rank: 170,121
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. 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...
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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 Award in 1981 and was twice runner-up for the Carnegie Medal.
By Maria.Merryweather 06 Mar 2014
An a DWJ obsessive, I had ordered this, her final, book as soon as its pre-publication listing appeared. My money was accepted. The book was published on time, but I wasn't notified of it being shipped. When I contacted BD to follow up, I was told that the book had not been published yet. At the same time, the hardcover was listed for sale with immediate shipping only one click away...
After some attempts to point out that that the book was available on their own website, that everywhere else said the book was available, & that they had taken my money for a hardcover edition to sent to me, I was still told that the book wasn't out.
Amazon UK had it & have shipped it.
My cancelled order was refunded quickly, at least.
I can'y help wondering whether it was merely confusion, incompetence, or (aren't amazon & BD owned by the same people now?) a way to make me pay for shipping.
By the way - read everything by Diana Wynne Jones you can get your hands on - she's wonderful.