[Review] A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Sourced: Birthday gift, but you can find it on Amazon for $6.99
Meows: 2.5 out of 5, I struggled to stay committed to reading this book. Even caught Condy doing a yawn.


Meg takes a slight backseat in the third installment of the Quintet series, and instead Charles Wallace plays the main character. Meg is now married to Calvin and pregnant with their first child while the fate of the world hangs in the hands of a mad man with nuclear weapons and a strange tie to the O’Keefe family. Charles Wallace learns a rune from Mrs. O’Keefe and travels across space,  time, and “within” to change a Might-Have-Been moment pushing Earth towards a different destiny. Gaudior, a magical unicorn, helps Charles Wallace battle Echthroi along the way.


“Everything that happens within the created Order, no matter how small, has its effect. If you are angry, that anger is added to all the hate with which the Echthroi would distort the melody and destroy the ancient harmonies. When you are loving, that lovingness joins the music of the spheres.”
page 65

“You human beings tend to want good things to last forever. They don’t.”
page 183

“Nothing, no one, is too small to matter. What you do is going to make a difference.”
page 280


Similar to my review for A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet gets 3.75 toe beans. I really wanted to enjoy this book and while I loved the premise that a single choice can change an entire destiny, some of the writing fell flat for me. A friend, also reading the series, had to urge me to go back and keep reading. I just didn’t fly through it like I did A Wrinkle in Time and I probably won’t keep it in my permanent collection. However, I will likely finish the series out of curiosity, rather than because I’m obsessed. Worth a read if you like L’Engle and if you’re waiting for that one popular book to become available at the library.


Has anyone else read L’Engle past her first knock-out book? Curious if I’m the only one feeling a little disappointed? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

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