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The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones

The Merlin Conspiracy (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Diana Wynne Jones

Series: Magid (2)

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Title:The Merlin Conspiracy
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones
Info:HarperTrophy (2004), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:fantasy, young adult

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The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones (2003)

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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 |
Not my favorite by a long shot, but still entertaining. Certainly doesn't put me off reading my way through the rest of her catalogue. ( )
  MizPurplest | Sep 21, 2015 |
A good young adult novel about magic and the multiverse. Read it in a sitting... ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 6, 2014 |
I really love Diana Wynne Jones, but sometimes I am really frustrated that sooo many of her female characters are kind of awful, and the boys are more sympathetic. This book sort of exemplified that for me. The grandfathers are both great. The lone magician (male) is great. The grandmother magician is awful -- both grandmothers are silly, awful, figures of fun, and the mother magician is a villainess but not even the chief villainess. And two other mothers are distracted or crazy or bewitched or all three at different times. Of the six main kid characters, the two female kid twins are horrible; the two male kids are quirky and lovable even when one of them does something rather terrible. The two narrators -- one male, one female -- each have their vices and so forth, but over all, the male comes off a bit better: less "bossy", not manipulated .... this is a minor difference and I wouldn't have noticed it at all, or been bothered by it, had the rest of the gendered characters not been treated so disparately.

DWJ does think about gender, and is a feminist, but the characterization stuff bugs me sometimes. Anyway, in other ways, the book was interesting and fun, as almost everything I've read by DWJ is. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Diana Wynne Jonesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fox, EmiliaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tennant, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viitanen, Anna-MaijaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyatt, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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