The Islands of Chaldea

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A stand-alone novel of magic and adventure by the renowned fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones, who also wrote Howl's Moving Castle and the Chrestomanci books. Almost finished upon her death in 2011, the manuscript was completed by Diana's sister Ursula Jones, an acclaimed novelist and actress. Publishers Weekly called The Islands of Chaldea "a story to cherish" in their starred review.

Aileen comes from a long line of magic makers, and her aunt Beck is the most powerful magician on Skarr. But Aileen's magic has yet to reveal itself, even though she is old enough and it should have by now. When Aileen is sent over the sea on a mission for the King, she worries that she'll be useless and in the way. A powerful talking cat changes all of that--and with every obstacle Aileen faces, she becomes stronger and more confident, until her magic blooms. This stand-alone novel, by the beloved and acclaimed author of such classic fantasy novels as Howl's Moving Castle and the Chrestomanci books, will be welcomed by fans old and new. "Jones's imaginative vigor is unabated in this last, picaresque novel; her deft, fluid style and penchant for precise, characterful description are amply present," proclaimed The Horn Book.

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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.

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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"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"

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