Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Originally published: 2010
The dice landed on: 5
Did I finish?: Yes
Do I like the cover?: Yes
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 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.
Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite children’s/YA fantasy authors. I’ve adored everything I’ve read by her.
In Enchanted Glass she tells us a story where nothing much happens. Does that sound bad? Well, it isn’t. Enough happens to make it interesting, and certainly enough happens to make it interesting when Enchanted Glass has such great characters. They’re not all loveable (who knew cauliflower cheese and very large vegetables could be used as punishment, without anyone hitting anyone else), but all fascinating and sort of magic. And there are villains too, really bad villains.
Diana Wynne Jones wrote YA fantasy like no one else. Enchanted Glass is very English, charming, witty, intelligent and kind. It also tackles Aidan’s grief for his grandmother in an good way and it has a love story that I really like.
The book also made me want to make cauliflower cheese one of these days…..Andrew and Aidan (and possibly the author) would have been horrified