The Islands of Chaldea

The Islands of Chaldea

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The brand new and final novel from the magical and whimsical pen of 'the Godmother of Fantasy', Diana Wynne Jones; co-authored with her sister Ursula Jones. Aileen was supposed to grow up magical just like the other women in her family. Unfortunately, she's just found out that the magic seems to have skipped a generation... but that's not her biggest problem right now. In her world, there are four Islands of Chaldea. The largest and most magical island has been cut off from the other three for decades - and is slowly draining the magic from them. But now a prophecy has come to light. Someone from Aileen's island will gather a man from each of the three islands, bring down the magical barrier, and unite them with the fourth island again. And according to the king, that someone is Aileen's Aunt who insists on dragging Aileen along. AND the boy Aileen is sure she'll marry (one day); AND the local boy with more brawn then brain. Someone seems to want to stop them too... someone with an interest in keeping the Islands apart. But still, with magic on their side, nothing can go wrong. Right?
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Children's Books, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780007542239
Characteristics: 277 pages ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jones, Ursula - Author


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I was devastated when I found out Diana Wynne Jones had died. I was confused at first about the "Completed By" thing but it was cool that her younger sister finished it.

I've only read four of Jones' books, the three with Howl and A Tale of Time City, so it was interesting to enter the world of Chaldea. For the most part the book was fine. Some parts were slow like when they were walking over the plains of Bernica. I did feel that the ending was rushed and wasn't satisfied with it, it left an itch inside me that I can't quite explain.
I'm not too entirely sure where Diana ended and Ursula began but as I got closer to the end I did feel a shift in the writing, which may add to that itch inside me that I mentioned the sentence before. But hey I was super glad that her final novel was finished and that everything was good in the end. It would be cool to see how Diana would have ended the book and see how close Ursula was!

Jan 06, 2016

Reading any of Diana Wynne Jones' work is like enjoying a slice of cake with coffee. Bon appetite.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 02, 2014

This is the final book written by Diana Wynne Jones, a giant in the world of children's fantasy, and was actually completed and published posthumously by her sister. This isn't my favorite of Jones' books -- she has written so many incredible books for children that this would have had to be truly extraordinary to take that title -- but it's still a solid kids' fantasy, featuring some appealingly weird characters and a fun adventure. Good middle grade fantasy from an author who is sorely, sorely missed.

Nov 08, 2014

This book was everything I had hoped it would be, and then some. As Diana's sister, Ursula Jones, finished the novel, I did have my doubts. After finishing this novel, I can say she did a marvelous job. The characters are so lovable, and this book is and forever will be high on my favorite book list.

Jun 26, 2014

I kind of hate all the Diana Wynn Jones books, they just all seem so slow and boring. I know if i like a book, for example, books i like: continues reading until its finished. books i don't like: stops after a few pages and never gets interested in them. If i don't like the books i wonder why i keep trying them even though not one i have ever liked. Don't let my opinion change your choice in reading it by the way.

ChristchurchLib Jun 23, 2014

"Magic is a family tradition for twelve-year-old Aileen, so she's deeply disappointed when she fails her initiation as a Wise Woman. She doesn't have long to worry about it, however, because soon the king sends Aileen and her Aunt Beck on a quest to dissolve the mysterious barrier that separates the island of Logra from the other islands of Chaldea. Along the way, they gather an eccentric band of travellers (including a sometimes-invisible cat named Plug-Ugly) and Aileen begins to discover her true powers. If you love fantasy, don't miss the captivating characters and imaginative settings in The Islands of Chaldea, the final book from popular author Diana Wynne Jones." Kids' Books June 2014 newsletter

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