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The Islands of Chaldea

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Captivating fantasy has strong girl hero with magic powers.

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THE ISLANDS OF CHALDEA has all the flavor of Diana Wynne Jones' best novels. A young magic maker who gradually comes into great power she had no idea she had, people who are not who they appear to be, and a complex plot with unexpected twists, all lead to a highly satisfying conclusion.

Fans of the author will be happy to read this final unexpected addition to Jones' fantasy books, and new readers will find it an easy entry point to her vast and often under-appreciated body of work. Her sister Ursula Jones manages to maintain the author's unique brisk yet fanciful tone with hardly a hiccup. There may be a tad more romance than is usually found in the author's work, but it's a small complaint in an otherwise fun and captivating adventure.

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