Author: Diana Wynne Jones
For the first half of the book I expected to give it a much lower rating than I ultimately did. The book takes place in a universe of parallel worlds (which shouldn't be a surprise to those familiar with Jones's other works), and the main character, Jamie, is a Homeward Bounder, one forced to travel along the Bounds from world to world unless he can reach his Home. The early parts of the book, when Jamie is new to the Bounds and still learning the ropes, felt rushed, almost like a montage, and I had a hard time getting into the story. Things start picking up as he meets other Homeward Bounders, but it isn't until the demon hunter Joris joins the party (about halfway through the book) that I really felt engaged – not because I liked Joris that much better than the other characters, but because the dynamic amongst the group became more interesting. Once I got into it, though, I really got into it.
7 / 50 books. 14% done!