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Something is rotten in the village of Melstone

Aidan Cain has had the worst week of his life. Creepy, sinister beings want him dead. What's a boy to do? With danger nipping at his heels, Aidan flees to Melstone, a village teeming with magic of its own. There he is taken in by Andrew Hope, the new master of Melstone House, who has some supernatural troubles too. Someone is stealing power from the area—mingling magics—and chaos is swiftly rising. Are Aidan's and Andrew's magical dilemmas connected somehow? And will they be able to unite their powers and unlock the secrets of Melstone before the countryside comes apart at the seams?

Enchanted Glass

by Diana Wynne Jones

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Overall Review:  

When you read a book by Diana Wynne Jones, you are pretty much 100% guaranteed to be entertained.

Enchanted Glass is about an absent-minded professor, the orphaned boy who comes to live with him, and oodles of magic that combines straightforward British humor with a skewed combination of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For the most part, the tale centers about Andrew Hope, the new owner of Melstone House and its field-of-care, and his very distant and much younger cousin, Aidan Cain. Aidan’s unexpected magical talent reminds Andrew of his own powers, just in time to prevent catastrophe from overtaking Melstone House and its inhabitants. The author mixes farcical humor with tongue-in-cheek puns, a colorful cast of wildly eccentric characters, and startling twists that will leave you amazed at the extent of her creativity. Filled with sinister alien creatures, a politely rude faery king, unexpected allies, and a weredog or two, Enchanted Glass is sure to entertain.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 7 mild obscenities; 3 derogatory names; 1 anatomical term. 

Violence/Gore:  A character nearly drives off a road (humorous scene); a character has a missing leg; a character has an accident which is described as “terrible” (off scene, before the story starts); mention of human sacrifice (not gory, mentioned in a letter); shadowy figures are hunting a character; a character complains of pain in his missing leg; a character nearly gets hit by a car; a character is scared and reminded of things hunting him; a character threatens two people against trespassing; character feels something invisible is watching him; a few instances where a character is threatened with death; two female characters fight; two magical beings battle each other; a magical battle causes bad weather; a character is scorched with fire; a character’s feet are burned.

Most of the above instances are not gory or graphic, and are mainly used as dry and oftentimes humorous scenes.

Sex/Nudity:  A character mentions wanting to marry someone; a character is said not have liked being “tied down” in regards to a relationship; a male character notices a female character’s “fabulous” legs a couple of times; a character is described as naked (non-sexual); a male character thinks a female character looks marvelous in a “brief green dress”; there is mention of a woman’s massive bosom; a male character wants to kiss a female character; a character thinks fondly of another; two characters decide to marry; a female character leans over a male character, revealing cleavage; child born out of wedlock.

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Death, mention of occult and occultist, cancer (resulting in death), a child born out of wedlock.

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A character drinks whiskey a couple of times; a character is offered a drink; a character drinks from decanters filled with odd, magical liquid; a character says that another character should have accepted a drink; a character is said to have had problems with drinking and drugs (off-screen, in a letter); characters drink at a Fête; there are a few mentions of a beer tent at the Fête; a character wins a bottle of sherry as a prize.

Reviewed By Katrina
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