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Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones

Review by Caleyna

Most Diana Wynne Jones have a little blurb saying: "Like Harry? Try Diana" somwhere on the cover. She's not as good as J. K. Rowling, but if you like YA fantasy, she's defininetly not one to miss. I've read several books by her, and Power of Three is one of the best so far.

The World
Magic abounds in the world through word spells, shape shifting and mysterious Giant magic. Three sentient beings roam the world, all in conflict with one another. Giants steal children, people kill the Dorig, and the Dorig are just plain bad.

Or is everything as it seems?

The Characters
The story revolves around three siblings, Gair, Ayna and Ceri, who are the children of a great Chief. Ayna and Ceri have special talents, but Gair is just plain, ordinary Gair. He is a disappointment to his family and himself, but he tries to become wise.

We also meet some Giants and Dorig who become very important to the story, but to say more would be too spoilerish.

The Plot
The three sentient beings have fought for years, but the war between the Dorig and the regular people becomes heightened after a bully kills a young Dorig Prince. It doesn't help that the Dorig and the Giants are conspiring to flood out the moore where the people live. Can Gair save the moore? Or is he too ordinary?

The Grade
I really liked the idea behind this book, but it became a little preachy toward the end (big themes about tolerance and understanding). I enjoyed the read and was surprised by all the right things. I am still wondering about one odd fact, but I guess I will have to continue wondering. Isn't that nice and vauge?

I'd say this book deserves a 4 out of 5 amulets. If you like YA fantasy, you'd probably enjoy this book.

Caleyna


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