Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review: "Fire and Hemlock" by Diana Wynne Jones

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Finally finally finally! A review!

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Title: Fire and Hemlock
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Genre: YA Fantasy-Myth
Publication: May 1, 2002
Pages: 420


Polly has two sets of memories...

One is normal: school, home, friends. The other, stranger memories begin nine years ago, when she was ten and gate-crashed an odd funeral in the mansion near her grandmother's house. Polly's just beginning to recall the sometimes marvelous, sometimes frightening adventures she embarked on with Tom Lynn after that. And then she did something terrible, and everything changed.

But what did she do? Why can't she remember? Polly *must* uncover the secret, or her true love -- and perhaps Polly herself -- will be lost.

As I've stated many, many times before... Diana Wynne Jones is the Queen of my favorite Authors. I have never met one of her books that I didn't instantly fall in love with "Fire & Hemlock" is no different.

Firstly, I recommend any who are interested in the book to first get a hold of "The Ballad of Tam Lin" or the modern reworking "The Queen of Spells" by Dahlov Ipcar. There are multiple translations of "Tam Lin". Just Goodread's it and you'll come up with one that seems to fit you. It's a great legend.

Anyway, reading any of those works will give you a fun little insight to the curious circumstances that our main character is facing.

As usual Ms. Jones has constructed a tantalizing world of curiosities and magic, but this time it's set in a more modern state where magical happenings are not necessarily common place. She introduces magic via a number of recalled memories that get progressively odder and odder as the story develops.

The mystery of the second memories span the majority of the work but never become dull or redundant. There is a bit of a romantic element in the story, which translates well beside the original "Tam Lin" concepts. These Romance strands weave the story together from "little girl crush" to "all-out-in-love".

The story is set, or rather remembered, over a  7 year period from the main character's 11th year to her nearly 19th.

This offers a lot of opportunity for the reader to get to know the main girl. The reader will feel connected and involved in this mystery adventure about how an aspect of a hero is the love in their hearts, how the shape of love holds no one form and has the power to conquer the seemingly unconquerable.

Love is the purest of magics in the end. This, to me, is the message that Ms. Jones delivers to her readers through the spectacular work "Fire and Hemlock".

AS PROMISED I am adding another book and another $5 to the 700 followers giveaway because Auggie-Talk has reached 100 more followers since the giveaway opened! 

Book: 4th book in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENT series by Cassandra Clare. 

Gift Card: Now at $30

The rule still applies! For every 100 followers during the giveaway I add another book and another $5.  

Until Next Blog,

Read On!


1 comment:

  1. I am so excited about the mortal Instruments giveaway, I love her books!