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by Victoria Walker

The winter of enchantment (Red dragon) epub ebook

Author: Victoria Walker
Publisher: Dragon Books (1970)
Pages: 154 pages
ISBN: 0583301509
ISBN13: 978-0583301503
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 503
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The Winter of Enchantment was Victoria Walker’s first novel, written when she was in her early twenties. It’s a dreamy, somewhat episodic tale of Sebastian who embarks on a quest to rescue a girl kidnapped by a wicked enchanter and held prisoner for 100 years

The Winter of Enchantment was Victoria Walker’s first novel, written when she was in her early twenties. It’s a dreamy, somewhat episodic tale of Sebastian who embarks on a quest to rescue a girl kidnapped by a wicked enchanter and held prisoner for 100 years. While clearly the work of an inexperienced author, it isn’t at all bad. Many, many small points seem to be written in affectionate (or unconscious) imitation of other children’s fantasy books.

Victoria Walker was twenty-one when she wrote The Winter of Enchantment in 1968. Just a note that "Winter of Enchantment" is going to be re-pusblished by Fidra Books, and will be due out in November of 2006. A second story about Sebastian and Melissa, The House Called Hadlows, was published in 1972. In 1973 she went to Cambridge University to read English and married immediately after finishing her degree. The "House Called Hadlows" is scheduled to be published the following year.

Book of Enchantments is a collection of short stories written by American fantasy author Patricia C. Wrede. It was first published in hardcover by Harcourt Brace in 1996, and was subsequently issued in paperback by Point Fantasy in 1998 and in trade paperback by Magic Carpet Books in 2005.

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One of my favourite of those books was Victoria Walker’s Winter of Enchantment, only I couldn’t have told you that because I didn’t pay enough attention to titles and authors in those days

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Victoria Clayton, née Walker (born 1947) is a British author. Both of Victoria's children's books - "The Winter of Enchantment" and "The House Called Hadlows" - have been reissued by Fidra Books. She began writing at her parents' house in Cambridgeshire (after a couple of years living a bohemian lifestyle in London). When dining one night in London she sat next to Bill McCreadle of publisher Rupert Hart-Davis who agreed to look at her manuscript, and in 1969, when she was just 21, he decided to publish what became The Winter of Enchantment. Its sequel, The House Called Hadlows, was published in 1972. She is married and has two children.

Reviews (7)
Thorgahuginn
I have lost count of the number of times I have read this book. Even though it is a children's book, in my opinion it is one of those rare books that appeal equally to young and old. It is many decades since I was a child and I still enjoy this novel and never seem to tire of it. Part of the story's appeal for me is the fact that although neither of the two main characters have magic powers, by the powers of the magic objects in the story they are able to use magic to perform certain tasks. A surprise ending is the icing on the cake. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a "fairy tale" with a difference, or to anyone who just enjoys a good story.

betelgeuze
A childhood favorite. I'm so glad I found it. It's a magical book.

The Rollers of Vildar
Just a note that "Winter of Enchantment" is going to be re-pusblished by Fidra Books, and will be due out in November of 2006. The "House Called Hadlows" is scheduled to be published the following year.

Cktiell
This story has been one of my favorites since I was in Jr a High. It is a creative, fun, mysterious story that will capture your imagination.

Delalbine
I was told that The Winter of Enchantment was very much like Marianne Dreams and was given it to read on that basis. I won't deny that there are a lot of similarities, and when it comes to the style of writing the former has aged a lot better, but it lacks the dark symbolism of Catherine Storr's novel.

Sebastian is a lonely privileged boy in Victorian London who misses his dead mother while his father works across the world. He is cared for by his governess and tutor and rarely interacts with anyone else. During a dark December his world is slowly manipulated by a girl trapped in an alternate reality limbo. Sebastian ventures into this limbo to rescue her, but must solve a series of low-wattage puzzles and tasks first.

TWOE is not a dull novel, but it certainly could be better. There is not much winter atmosphere, the magic seems to be kind of "stock", and there wasn't much mystery. I felt that it sort of played-out like a 80s text adventure on the Commodore 64.

The book is preceded by a long introduction by the writer reflecting on her turbulent life in the years before and after the original printing of TWOE. I had never heard of it, but apparently many fans from back in those days had been clamoring for a reprint, which Fidra eventually provided. I think that this novel would have made a perfect children's drama series on the BBC back in the 80s. I can totally see this being as popular as Greenclaws or the 1988 Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe if they had given it a chance.

I didn't quite understand the ending, which I won't spoil, but perhaps The House Called Hadlows would clear that up.

Hurus
This is a brilliant tale for young people.
Sebastian lives in Victorian London. He likes an old silver teapot because it seems to have a face on it. Then a very smart ginger cat shows up and follows him around, purring.
Sebastian's father is abroad in India and his mother is dead, so he is lonely. Through a magic mirror in a junk shop, Sebastian gets to see a girl, and he feels he has to buy the mirror. Then the girl can speak to him. She is called Melissa and is being held captive in a large house by a wicked enchanter. She says the cat is hers, called Mantari. She wears a red dress and lives in a tower by herself, but she can come down and wander in the gardens. Melissa knows of a magical item called the Silver Fish, and while it can't be found, the young people think it very likely that Mantari has eaten the fish, which would have drawn him to the Silver Teapot and the Mirror.
Sebastian has marvellous adventures such as a shadow turning him into a shadow to travel through walls, meeting up with the personifications of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and finding a way through a hedge maze as he and Melissa seek out the magic emerald and rose which could, together with the teapot, mirror and Mantari, be the items required to free Melissa from the spells of the enchanter.
The younger readers can read this - if you can read Narnia you can love this - and older readers will find a lot of originality and excellent description. Eight might be a good age. There is no huge cast list so the story is easy to follow. I'm thrilled that it has been reissued.
Read and enjoy.

There is a follow-up called The House Called Hadlows, now reissued. Unfortunately I didn't find it nearly so vibrant and engaging. But sure, read it for more about Sebastian, Melissa and Mantari, but do read the first book first. The author, after a hiatus to rear her own family, then wrote adult romances.

Arcanefist
When Sebastian, a boy in Victorian England, sees an unhappy young girl in an antique mirror, he feels compelled to purchase it and free her from captivity. Melissa was kidnapped long ago by a wicked Enchanter who swore to deprive her adoptive father of whatever he loved most. Unless Sebastian can free her, she is doomed to spend eternity alone, trapped in the Enchanter's Treasure House, a place where time is meaningless.

To liberate Melissa, Sebastian must collect the Enchanter's five Power Objects---the mirror, a teapot, a silver fish, an emerald, and a green rose---and throw them into a magic well.

The dreamlike adventures Melissa and Sebastian experience while locating the Power Objects are both vivid and memorable, as the two meet the anthropomorphic four seasons, escape from the Grey Forest, discover the Enchanter's Garden, negotiate a treacherous maze, and confront the evil Enchanter. But just as their quest succeeds, Sebastian remembers that Melissa was abducted about ninety years before he was born. Will freeing his friend mean losing her forever?

A wonderful book sure to appeal to fantasy lovers of all ages.

I remember reading a very battered second-hand copy about 14 years ago, with wonderful line drawings. If it were still in print, I'd buy three copies. The story, although derivative in plot, is wonderfully written, imaginatively described, and is absolutely entrancing. Also, a rare thing in books of this type, it is never patronising. Oh, I WISH somebody would reprint this!

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