by Diana Wynne Jones
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
First of all, I loved that the Playaway version I had was recorded by a Brit and that she often said “the wizard ‘owl”. It made me giggle.
I really enjoyed this story. It was just imaginative enough to be interesting, without being completely confusing and requiring lots of explanation about deviations from actual society (or prior society – it seemed to take place in the past, which lent it an air of timelessness). As a younger sibling, I rather liked the premise that the oldest child in a family is the one doomed to a life without a fortune. At the same time, I loved the relationship that Sophie and her sisters shared, and the insights on parents and step-parents.
This was my first Diana Wynne Jones experience, but not the last. Long live Diana!