Diana Wynne Jones The Islands of Chaldea

ISBN 13: 9780007542239

The Islands of Chaldea

3.81 avg rating
( 1,416 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780007542239: The Islands of Chaldea

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...

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

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

Praise for Earwig and the Witch: "This funny story updates fairy tale conventions while highlighting Jones's subversive wit. ... A fine introduction to the author's more complex YA novels."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Earwig is a plucky, albeit bossy, heroine, and the story is packed with wit and humor."--School Library Journal

"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

"Only in an unorthodox children's book does a girl hope that she won't be ... taken away from the orphanage. But then, Earwig isn't your typical orphan. ... An amusing story in which it takes hard work as well as magic and cleverness to bring about a happy ending."--Booklist

"In the realm of other-world fantasy, this season's gem is the late Diana Wynne Jones's The Islands of Chaldea, completed by Ursula Jones. Humour, wisdom and inventive genius suffuse the tale . . . challenging readers' minds while creating a full world of sympathetic characters."--Toronto Star

"Beautiful and intricate...A strong, elegant fantasy [that] will linger with readers."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

The best children s writer of the last 40 years. --Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline"

In the realm of other-world fantasy, this season s gem is the late Diana Wynne Jones s The Islands of Chaldea, completed by Ursula Jones. Humour, wisdom and inventive genius suffuse the tale . . . challenging readers minds while creating a full world of sympathetic characters. --Toronto Star"

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"

Beautiful and intricate A strong, elegant fantasy [that] will linger with readers. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

Praise for Earwig and the Witch: This funny story updates fairy tale conventions while highlighting Jones s subversive wit. A fine introduction to the author s more complex YA novels. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Earwig is a plucky, albeit bossy, heroine, and the story is packed with wit and humor. --School Library Journal"

Only in an unorthodox children s book does a girl hope that she won t be taken away from the orphanage. But then, Earwig isn t your typical orphan. An amusing story in which it takes hard work as well as magic and cleverness to bring about a happy ending. --Booklist"

From the Back Cover:

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 this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Diana Wynne Jones
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2014)
ISBN 10: 0007542232 ISBN 13: 9780007542239
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2014. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 218 x 138 mm. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # LVN9780007542239

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Diana Wynne Jones
ISBN 10: 0007542232 ISBN 13: 9780007542239
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800075422390000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Jones, Diana Wynne
Published by Harpercollins Publishers (2014)
ISBN 10: 0007542232 ISBN 13: 9780007542239
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins Publishers, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 352 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0007542232

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds