Review: The Islands of Chaldea, by Diana Wynne Jones and Ursula Jones (2014)

Islands of Chaldea coverThis is Diana Wynne Jones’ last book, finished by her sister Ursula after Diana’s death. It was a light, pleasant, fairly generic fantasy: four islands, different from each other and always at war; children with mysterious destinies; magical beasts in the form of pets; a main character who has to learn to trust her own magic. None of the particulars of setting or character lifted it above those tropes for me. I wouldn’t have bothered finishing it if it weren’t by DWJ, and I suspect I won’t remember it very well a month from now. Kids who like British (or British-style) fantasy like Half Magic or Tuesdays at the Castle will find this slots in nicely.

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