Book Review: ‘The Game’ by Diana Wynne Jones

Book Title: The Game

Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: Hayley has lived what feels like an eternity with her grandparents and, after upsetting her grandmother, is sent away to her Aunts and cousins in Ireland where she discovers she is not as alone as she thought she was. Traversing the mythosphere and contemporary England/Ireland, Hayley is drawn into The Game which, in turn, reveals the truth behind her parents’ disappearance and her isolated upbringing.

Favourite Scene: I loved the scene when Hayley first enters the mythosphere and witnesses the different myths taking place. Mythological stories have been well researched and recreated in this novel, and the first experience Hayley has in the mythosphere is a solid promise of things to come.

Favourite Character: Harmony.

Review: Diana Wynne Jones is considered a bit of a legend (mild understatement) in terms of writing magic and fantasy novels. I was first introduced to her work in the form of Howl’s Moving Castle a few years ago and fell in love with the detail she puts into every character and the beautiful descriptions she uses to create intricate settings. The Game, however, is my favourite of all her books – it is a testament to well-researched writing and a style of magic that is unique to the talent of Diana Wynn Jones. The appropriation of Greek (and a little Russian) mythology made for a unique story that may even be considered a tribute to the mythologies that influence fantasy writing today.

Diana Wynne Jones


7 comments on “Book Review: ‘The Game’ by Diana Wynne Jones

  1. Oooh, intriguing! I had to read “Howl’s Moving Castle” for a Children’s Lit class at uni, and immediately fell in love with Howl (even going so far as to ponder the possibility of naming any future son after him). This sounds like a good read!

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