“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
This was actually a re-read. Does it count as a re-read if the first time you read it, it was back in grade school? I guess it does. So 20+ years later, here I am again. I distinctly remember certain scenes were totally like woah to my young brain.
And even though I hadn't read the book in years, I could remember a few of the scenes really distinctly. I have to say it was great to re-live those as an adult, and I really found the book to be a pleasure to read. It's meant to be YA, but some of the characters are a bit dark, multi-faceted, and it didn't read "young" to me.
There was the requisite magic, castles, and dragons, which were all well-placed and very apropos. The imagery, as I mentioned, was very vivid, and there were some really beautiful scenes. Scenes that described whirling gardens, magic spells, and the castle were especially evocative.
I'm really glad I revisited this book, and am going to read the rest of the Chrestomanci series as well.
Related reads are the Harry Potters (I'd imagine, but I haven't read them yet - zomg) and The Magicians: A Novel - Lev Grossman .