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Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones
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Year of the Griffin (2000)

by Diana Wynne Jones

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Series: Derkholm (2)

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Adventure featuring Griffins who feel very real . Their antics are evocative of friendships forged in school. Complex plot that continues the saga started in 'Dark Lord of Derkholm'. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 18, 2017 |
Now that there's no money coming from the tours the University for Wizards is not getting the income it was used to and now they have to try to convince the parents of the latest crop to shell out some more, only some of these students aren't playing ball, they're at the university without their parents or guardians permission and now things are going to get complicated. It feels a little like the unseen university only from the students side. And now I want a story where Derkholm meets the Discworld.

It's a fun read and I like how the students worked together to find solutions. I can also see the frustration with incompetent lecturers. Enjoyable as always. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 23, 2015 |
Great fun for fantasy fans, though the plot may be too straightforward to those looking for Jones' usual twists. (There aren't split identities and only a passing reference to other worlds.) But I still enjoyed the campus comedy and found the students who were the focus of the book very appealing. ( )
  bostonian71 | Apr 12, 2013 |
Re-read, great stuff; one I come back to. Nice and dense and full of great characters. ( )
  comixminx | Apr 5, 2013 |
I found this book to be extraordinarily formulaic and trite. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 006447335X, Paperback)

In the very strange Pilgrim Parties of Diana Wynne Jones's Dark Lord of Derkholm, tourists from the next universe would come to wizards' lands expecting to have exciting battles with dwarfs, dragons, and the powers of darkness. Sadly, wizards were forced to host these hokey yet horrific pseudoadventures, and in the process, laid waste to their lands. But as its sequel Year of the Griffin begins, we learn with some relief that the mercenary Mr. Chesney's magic tours had ended eight years previous. While that is excellent news, the Wizards' University is now decidedly short of funds.

Wavy-blond-haired Professor Corkoran has plenty of schemes for extracting money from his students' families. But he always has plenty of ideas, and none of them work. Besides, he is too busy researching how to be the first man to walk on the moon to do much of anything else. As his new crop of students shows up, Corkoran is in for a surprise. Not only do none of them have any money, but one is a huge griffin, "brightly golden in fur and crest and feathers, so sharply curved of beak, and so fiercely alert in her round orange eyes that at first sight she seemed to fill a room." (Meet Elda, softhearted yet gigantic daughter of Wizard Derk.)

The hilarious goings-on begin when Corkoran's moneymaking schemes backfire horribly, and the motley crew of would-be wizards begin their studies. Comical tableaux involving spells that create deep pits and smelly winged monkeys alternate with suspenseful (yet always amusing) scenes involving tiny assassins who mean business. Jones's satirical pokes at academia, racial intolerance (the greenish and jinxed Claudia has mixed blood), and hierarchical societies (Ruskin is bucking the tyranny of the forgemasters to become the first dwarf wizard) keep the story lively, as do the realistic portrayals of her very odd and endearing cast of characters. You definitely don't have to have read Dark Lord to enjoy this wonderful sequel, but you may not be able to resist going back to it. (Ages 12 and older) --Karin Snelson

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When Elda, the griffin daughter of the great Wizard Derk, arrives for schooling at the Wizards' University, she encounters new friends, pirates, assassins, worry, sabotage, bloodshed, and magic misused.

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