Diana Wynne Jones
For decades, Diana Wynne Jones has thrilled every age group from "young readers" to adult with her fantasy stories. The worlds she has created are many and varied, and filled with a mind-boggling richness of imagination. But they are also filled with personal warmth, with characters you can relate to, and situations that run the emotional gamut from funny to heartbreaking, from mysterious to terrifying.
Her specialty, it seems, is magic. Her best stories, I think, include some kind of magic, usually a kind that fans of Harry Potter will immediately understand and embrace. Of course her imagination takes her in different directions, and she develops her ideas in her own special way.
Besides her many stand-alone books you will find reviewed here, you may be especially interested in her several series or quartets, especially if you like "sets" like the Harry Potter books. These include the Dalemark Quartet and the Chrestomanci Quartet.
Note: when searching shelves that are arranged alphabetically by author, you will find D. W. J. in the "J" section, under "Jones." In case you wondered.
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