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The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones
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The Merlin Conspiracy (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Diana Wynne Jones

Series: Magid (2)

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Title:The Merlin Conspiracy
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones
Info:New York : Greenwillow Books, 2003.
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:Arthurian legend, fantasy, magic, teen, alternate universe

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The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones (2003)

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    Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Shares some of the same characters.
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    The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor (bunnygirl)
    bunnygirl: for those interested in another application of the "many worlds" conceit
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Alternating narratives from viewpoints of the girl and the boy, in different universes and time-lines.
The characters and basic story-line are okay, but the flips between worlds and times is unnecessarily confusing.
The events have an "Alice in Wonderland" episodic quality inside a hazy story-arc, which is eventually, sort of, clarified.
It helps to have some knowledge of Celtic myths.
Also, what is it with these supposed "leaders" who don't want to train their juniors (cf. Yoda v. Anakin); it shows up in lots of books and is total baloney.
Jones follows a common route of using Christianity as window-dressing and props, without ever coming to grips with the substance of prayer or priests. ( )
  librisissimo | Aug 19, 2017 |
I enjoyed reading this book, but I feel that the ending is weak in comparison to some of DWJ's other stories. ( )
  AJBraithwaite | Aug 14, 2017 |
Another DWJ classic style, where the plot doesn't seem to hang together and you just have to trust DWJ to get you there in the end. It was worth it, too, but I kept wanting to know what else was happening to the main characters that starred in Deep Secret! ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 20, 2017 |
I hope for a sequel, I'd love to see a future story of Roddy and Nick! ( )
  MynTop | Apr 8, 2016 |
I expected this book to be an Arthurian fantasy – but instead it was an adventure set (mostly) in an alternate modern-day England. Arianrhod (who prefers to be called Roddy), the daughter of a weather wizard, accidentally turns up an evil plot in the middle of the King's Progress. But everyone seems to be convinced that since she's a kid, she's got things wrong – and that the Merlin, the King's main adviser, must be incorruptible and above reproach. Attempting magic to summon wizardly help, she contacts a boy from another realm altogether... but Nick, although he'd like to learn magic, is rather lost himself.
This YA novel was a thoroughly enjoyable book – I liked it MUCH better than Fire and Hemlock, the last book I read by Wynne Jones. It's a must for any fans of her Chrestomanci series. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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Diana Wynne Jonesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Fox, EmiliaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tennant, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viitanen, Anna-MaijaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyatt, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I have been with the Court all my life, traveling with the King’s Progress.
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That is the unexpected trouble with love affairs, I thought as I made more coffee. You can fancy a girl like mad, but more than just the look of her comes into it. You find yourself having to allow for her personality, too. At five-thirty in the morning.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060523204, Paperback)

Master fantasist Diana Wynne Jones--author of the Chrestomanci books, Dark Lord of Derkholm, Year of the Griffin, and many others--scores another winner in this absorbing tale of magic and courtly intrigue told in two voices. In the world called Islands of the Blest, Roddy is a young page who has grown up traveling with her family in the King’s Progress, a constant journey around the kingdom. Just after she and her younger friend Grundo spot a growing conspiracy to overthrow the King and change the balance of magic, they are whisked away to visit Roddy’s grim and silent grandfather; when they return the Progress has moved on without them. Meanwhile in another world, Nick Mallory, 14, blunders into a dreamlike adventure that leads him to the powerful wizard Romanov and involves him in Roddy’s mission to save the worlds from the upset planned by the conspiracy. The story moves through several precariously linked worlds in vividly imagined episodes told alternately by Roddy and Nick, as their journeys begin to mesh. Part of the fun for the reader is sorting out Roddy’s many wizardly relatives from the double perspective and clicking them into place in the plot. Wynne Jones's many fans will pounce on this complex but fast-moving fantasy that features not only 34 characters, but a panther, a goat, a dragon, and an extremely charming elephant. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell

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Roddy and Nick, two teenagers with magical powers they are just learning to use, find that they must work together to save Roddy's home world of Blest from destruction by power-hungry wizards.

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