Ayna could predict the future.
Cari could find what was lost.
Gair thought he was ordinary.
The three children of Gest, the chief of Garholt, know the perils of the Moor on which they live. The Dorig, their people’s enemies, are cold-blooded, fierce underwater creatures who terrify anyone unlucky enough to happen upon them. The Giants are dangerous and violent.
But it’s not until their home is invaded that Gair learns of a dying curse that endangers all three peoples of the Moor. A curse that ordinary Gair, with the help of his extraordinary brother and sister, may be able to break, but only at the most dreadful risk to all three, and to the Moor itself.
I think The Power of Three is one of DWJ’s lesser-known books? I can’t figure out why, unless it’s just because it’s an older book without a recent release. (The covers also tend to be fugly, which surely can’t help.) I’ve read it a few times, though, and it’s actually one of my favorites!
It’s kind of an ambitious book. There’s three different cultures, three different families, (at least) three different protagonists, lots of stuff all crammed together into one short book. The closest thing I can compare it to in scope is maybe the Dalemark quartet, though obviously there’s only one book and not four. There’s also a bit of the mind-messer-upper kind of feeling like in Hexwood! It starts off a typical high fantasy sort of story, and then it gets twisted slightly.
It’s a sad book, about death and vengeance and change. Though it’s got lots of fun adventure things, there’s this overhanging sense of doom. Makes for an interesting tone– THAT reminds me of Dogsbody, the mix of interesting scifi shenanigans and horrible family circumstances. The Power of Three isn’t scifi, of course, but it’s the same sort of mix.
Here’s what I said when I first read The Power of Three:
It takes place in an England-ish area but it feels very Saxon-y, and the overall tone of the book is very traditional German-type fairy tale– Grimm-ish, but better. It does start off a little strangely, with a character who seems primary but becomes secondary, and a rather unnecessary death of a minor character (I hate it when she does that). But don’t let that deter you! If you like myths and fairy tales, if you like hero tales with a bit of Anglo-Saxon in them, if you like DWJ at all, read this book! It’s lovely and it’s got funny bits in it (and some drama/tragedy) and adventure and action and broody heroes and heroine who don’t deal with nonsense and it’s WONDERFUL.
Have you read The Power of Three?