Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Another great Diana Wynne Jones book!
Aidan Cain comes to Melstone House after Stalkers start stalking him after his grandmother's death. Andrew, who inherited Melstone House when his grandfather died, takes Aidan in while they try to figure out what's going on. But strange things abound and since Andrew doesn't remember what his grandfather told him about keeping magic in check, chaos ensues until Aidan and Andrew can harness their magics and restore order and boundaries.
As usual with Diana Wynne Jones, the style of the book is witty and engaging. The language is clear and the magic rules are easy to follow as they're introduced, even without full explanations. I love the wry undertone to the whole story, and the running jokes like the cauliflower cheese and vegetables and the confusion over Aidan's name that keep popping up throughout the book.
The book is intelligent, funny, and magical - what more could you ask for?