I’m continuing my mini bookshelf tour with some more green books!
Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
When Andrew Hope’s magician grandfather dies, he leaves his house and field-of-care to his grandson who spent much of his childhood at the house. Into this mix comes young Aidan Cain, who turns up from the orphanage asking for safety. Who he is and why he’s there is unclear, but a strong connection between the two becomes apparent.
I grew up reading a lot of Diana Wynne Jones and am now rereading lots as an adult and they still completely retain their charm! Weirdly, this book actually featured in two posts this week (It’s also in Rainbow Books for #SixforSunday). Like pretty much everything she has written, this is whimsical, magical and well worth the read.
Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge
“On Gullstruck Island the volcanoes quarrel, beetles sing danger and occasionally a Lost is born . . . “
In the village of the Hollow Beasts live two sisters. Arilou is a Lost – a child with the power to depart her body and mind-fly with the winds – and Hathin is her helper. Together they hide a dangerous secret. Until sinister events threaten to uncover it. With a blue-skinned hunter on their trail and a dreadlocked warrior beside them, they must escape. Can the fate of two children decide the future of Gullstruck Island?
Discover a dazzling world, a breathtaking heroine . . . and an incredible adventure. For on the island of Gullstruck nothing is exactly as it seems!
With a cast of larger-than-life characters, this is a richly imagined adventure no child will be able to put down – or ever forget!
A few years ago I picked up Cuckoo Child by Frances Hardinge, quickly followed by The Lie Tree. I loved them both so have become a massive fan of the author. Recently our library was having a book clearance sale and this book appeared. To be honest, I didn’t even really read the blurb, just saw the author’s name and grabbed it! But a mysterious island where nothing is as it seems – sign me up!
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
Inspired by the W.B. Yeats poem that tempts a child from home to the waters and the wild, The Stolen Child is a modern fairy tale narrated by the child Henry Day and his double.
On a summer night, Henry Day runs away from home and hides in a hollow tree. There he is taken by the changelings—an unaging tribe of wild children who live in darkness and in secret. They spirit him away, name him Aniday, and make him one of their own. Stuck forever as a child, Aniday grows in spirit, struggling to remember the life and family he left behind. He also seeks to understand and fit in this shadow land, as modern life encroaches upon both myth and nature.
In his place, the changelings leave a double, a boy who steals Henry’s life in the world. This new Henry Day must adjust to a modern culture while hiding his true identity from the Day family. But he can’t hide his extraordinary talent for the piano (a skill the true Henry never displayed), and his dazzling performances prompt his father to suspect that the son he has raised is an imposter. As he ages the new Henry Day becomes haunted by vague but persistent memories of life in another time and place, of a German piano teacher and his prodigy. Of a time when he, too, had been a stolen child. Both Henry and Aniday obsessively search for who they once were before they changed places in the world.
The Stolen Child is a classic tale of leaving childhood and the search for identity. With just the right mix of fantasy and realism, Keith Donohue has created a bedtime story for adults and a literary fable of remarkable depth and strange delights.
I picked this up from a local charity shop because I have a very soft spot for fairy tales, folklore and I love stories about changelings. I’ve actually read so many other similar stories that I have put off actually picking this up to read it – will get to it soon!
The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s
the executioner. As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favour of a doomed love?
Read this years ago, loved it, but have yet to finish the trilogy. I am planning a re-read of the first book, followed by the other two books during this half-term or some point when I can read without being interrupted!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Which green books do you have on your shelf? Would you recommend any?
Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!