Peter Dickinson, Author THE ROPEMAKERPeter Dickinso ARRAY(0x24ee1c8) $15.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-385-72921-5

Like his stellar novels Shadow of a Hero and Bone from a Dry Sea, Dickinson's latest offering moves from the mythic to the particular and back again, making clear the ways in which an individual's extraordinary experience could metamorphose into an entire culture's legend. Readers who are willing and able to fall into step with its majestic pace will be rewarded by a thought-provoking trek through a fairy tale world that is as breathtakingly fresh as it is archetypal. For 19 generations, the comfortably prosperous Valley has been tucked away from the outside world—kept safe by powerful enchantments. When these powers begin to weaken, however, it's up to Tilja and her grandmother Meena, along with their companions, Tahl and his grandfather Alnor, to journey forth in search of a magician powerful enough to protect their home once again. In the course of this pilgrimage, Tilja—who has recently and heartbreakingly learned that she possesses not a jot of the hereditary magic that would entitle her to inherit her beloved family homestead—comes to understand more about the unique and valuable gift she does possess. Eerily, the novel is sprinkled with images that take on an unforeseen resonance: a rebel magician—be-turbaned and lanky—and collapsing towers that crush their proud builders. A challenging magical adventure for the thinking reader. Ages 12-up. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 11/05/2001
Release date: 11/01/2001
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 375 pages - 978-0-385-73063-1
Prebound-Glued - 375 pages - 978-0-7569-1935-1
Mass Market Paperbound - 384 pages - 978-0-440-22914-8
Open Ebook - 252 pages - 978-0-307-43399-2
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