After hearing scratches in the attic, Alison discovers a dinner service covered in an intriguing floral owl pattern, and a series of events are set in motion that will change her life forever. Alison, her step-brother Roger, and Welsh boy Gwyn are forced into a cyclical replay of the tragic Welsh legend of Blodeuwedd, in which a woman is turned into an owl as a punishment for betraying her husband.
The Owl Service is a fabulous, multi-layered book of mystery and suspense, but also a contemporary musing on love, class structure and power.
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A haunting classic
Yes, The Owl Service is a magnificent and important work. The images and symbols in it make a lasting impression. It is utterly original and also a very good and suspenseful story.
The most memorable moment of The Owl Service is the first tracing of the plate to show to Owl, in my view one of the most memorable moments in literature.
The narration was mostly fine although I would have preferred no attempt to read in the voices of the children - it sounded silly.
Not to be written off as a children's book!