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16 April 2001 @ 12:28 pm
"The Dragon-Charmer" by Jan Siegal  
This is the sequel to "Prospero's Children", although I'm not sure that you'd need to read the first book to understand this one. It is set 12 years after the events in "Prospero's Children" and Faith and Will have grown up, and moved on. Faith is now about to get married, although her choice of fiance confuses her friends and family - he is considerably older than her. They are getting married in the house in Yorkshire where the events of "Prospero's Children" took place. She is in denial about the existence of magic, and would rather pretend that none of that existed. As the reader we are aware that it does exist in this world, and we see Will still interacts with the house-goblin etc despite his lack of the gift of magic. Faith's denial of both the magic she has and the magic of the universe in general lead to her invocation of an old spirit that really should have been left alone.

I like the fact that this book (and the previous one) blend magic seamlessly into a more 'real' world story. It draws heavily on old folklore, with house goblins, werewolves and witches. The characters are believable and at the end of the book there is a sense of their lives continuing. Even though the story is over the loose ends are not tied up, and not just in a way that makes you think there's another book - there might be more, but the episode is complete in itself and it feels more like the people continue to live the rest of their lives.