The Homeward Bounders
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The Homeward Bounders

by Diana Wynne Jones
Release date: 1981
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, young adult

When They threw Jamie out to the Boundaries, he was at first too shocked and amazed to make much sense of it. He'd been told he could go Home if he found himself in the right world, but life seemed to be a succession of strange countries – some pleasant, most dangerous – where survival was all that mattered.

Little by little, though, Jamie realized that there was a curious logic in things – he wasn't the only Homeward Bounder, for one thing, though some, like Ahasuerus and the Flying Dutchman, had been trying to get Home for a very long time.

But Jamie decided to try and do more than that. Together with some other Homeward Bounders – Helen, who could do extraordinary things with her withered arm, Joris the demon hunter (and Konstam, his master) – and other friends, he plotted to oppose Them directly, in the fortress that seemed to be Their chief stronghold.

This is a remarkable, powerful story, full of unexpected events and ideas, which will absorb and fascinate all those who read it.

(updated 2010-09-07)

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