The Spellcoats by Diana Wynne Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
DWJ has created, from whole cloth, this political world of Dalemark; in The Spellcoats she takes us back in time to its legends and mythology. One of the themes is when legends were little kids, what were they like? Some books have explored this before - The Sword in the Stone comes to mind. But DWJ's legendary children certainly act like real siblings, down to the pouting, teasing, bickering, and occasional fist fights that sisters and brothers get into. Overall, the tone of The Spellcoats is quite dark, but that adds to its mystery and charm. The Dalemark books are a strange bunch of books, and they aren't always completely successful, but The Spellcoats can stand alone as an interesting book.
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