The Merlin Conspiracy

The Merlin Conspiracy 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 intri

  • Title: The Merlin Conspiracy
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • ISBN: 9780007163618
  • Page: 357
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  • 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 journeyMaster 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

    The Merlin Conspiracy Magids, by Diana Wynne Jones The Merlin Conspiracy was a romp, although I didn t find it to be as clever as some of her other books The back and forth first person narration made it difficult to get a real feel for the main characters of the book, and some of the relationships seemed forced and one dimensional. The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones, Paperback The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones When the Merlin of Blest dies, everyone thinks it s a natural death But Roddy and Grundo, two children traveling with the Royal Court, soon discover the truth The Merlin s replacement and other courtiers are The Merlin Conspiracy Magids Book Kindle edition by Apr , And Merlin Conspiracy can stand alone, although readers of the first book will be far familiar with the world and the concepts in it This book resembles Deep Secret in narration Varying narrators tell the story in first person, sometimes offering different viewpoints on the same events but sometimes relating entirely different plot threads. The Merlin Conspiracy Audiobook by Diana Wynne Jones Their stories unfold, side by side, each part leading into the next, and the Merlin Conspiracy thickens as the tales swirl around each other twining, meeting, and affecting each other, yet never completely combining until the very end chapters when all is finally revealed. The Merlin Conspiracy Literature TV Tropes The Merlin Conspiracy is a fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones The multiverse itself is shaped as an infinity sign, with two conjoined loops One loop is Ayewards, in which magic is common practice and easy to do, while the other is Naywards, the worlds in which magic is nothing than superstition, if not completely unknown.

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    1. Diana Wynne Jones

      Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie n e Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre There, Jones and her two younger sisters Isobel later Professor Isobel Armstrong, the literary critic and Ursula later an actress and a children s writer spent a childhood left chiefly to their own devices After attending the Friends School Saffron Walden, she studied English at St Anne s College in Oxford, where she attended lectures by both C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien before graduating in 1956 In the same year she married John Burrow, a scholar of medieval literature, with whom she had three sons, Richard, Michael and Colin After a brief period in London, in 1957 the couple returned to Oxford, where they stayed until moving to Bristol in 1976.According to her autobiography, Jones decided she was an atheist when she was a child.Jones started writing during the mid 1960s mostly to keep my sanity , when the youngest of her three children was about two years old and the family lived in a house owned by an Oxford college Beside the children, she felt harried by the crises of adults in the household a sick husband, a mother in law, a sister, and a friend with daughter Her first book was a novel for adults published by Macmillan in 1970, entitled Changeover It originated as the British Empire was divesting colonies she recalled in 2004 that it had seemed like every month, we would hear that yet another small island or tiny country had been granted independence Changeover is set in a fictional African colony during transition, and begins as a memo about the problem of how to mark changeover ceremonially is misunderstood to be about the threat of a terrorist named Mark Changeover It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies sex, politics, and news In 1965, when Rhodesia declared independence unilaterally one of the last colonies and not tiny , I felt as if the book were coming true as I wrote it Jones books range from amusing slapstick situations to sharp social observation Changeover is both , to witty parody of literary forms Foremost amongst the latter are The Tough Guide To Fantasyland, and its fictional companion pieces Dark Lord of Derkholm 1998 and Year of the Griffin 2000 , which provide a merciless though not unaffectionate critique of formulaic sword and sorcery epics.The Harry Potter books are frequently compared to the works of Diana Wynne Jones Many of her earlier children s books were out of print in recent years, but have now been re issued for the young audience whose interest in fantasy and reading was spurred by Harry Potter.Jones works are also compared to those of Robin McKinley and Neil Gaiman She was friends with both McKinley and Gaiman, and Jones and Gaiman are fans of each other s work she dedicated her 1993 novel Hexwood to him after something he said in conversation inspired a key part of the plot Gaiman had already dedicated his 1991 four part comic book mini series The Books of Magic to four witches , of whom Jones was one.For Charmed Life, the first Chrestomanci novel, Jones won the 1978 Guardian Children s Fiction Prize, a once in a lifetime award by The Guardian newspaper that is judged by a panel of children s writers Three times she was a commended runner up a for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year s best children s book for Dogsbody 1975 , Charmed Life 1977 , and the fourth Chrestomanci book The Lives of Christopher Chant 1988 She won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, children s section, in 1996 for The Crown of Dalemark.

    861 thoughts on “The Merlin Conspiracy”

    1. The first time I read this book I was ten and I did not like it at all. Things have changed.10-year-old me: Computers? In my fantasy book? Sacre bleu!14-year-old me: Magic + technology = pretty damn cool. Refreshing.10yom: Multiple magic systems? Booooo.14yom: Multiple magic systems? Awesome layering effect.10yom: Roddy and Nick are both unheroic heroes who whine!14yom: It's interesting how characters who are perfectly sympathetic when viewed from within their own POV can seem difficult or annoy [...]

    2. In Diana Wynne Jones' "multiverse," a series of parallel universes, a couple of kids discover a conspiracy to take over the magic of Blest, a key world in the multiverse -- but of course, none of the adults believe them. In the course of unraveling the conspiracy, Roddy discovers strange things about her family, takes on a painful magical heritage, and summons a magician from another world to help her, only to find that it's just a boy scarcely older than herself, and far behind her in magical k [...]

    3. This book is one of my favorite by Diana Wynne Jones, and I always return to it every year or so, just to remind myself how amazing and enchanting it is. The Merlin Conspiracy follows heroine Roddy as she tries to uncover the magical conspiracy going on in the royal court. Her path intersects with the world-traversing, accidentally magical Nick, who is pretty much the definition of an unimpressed teenage boy. Sorcerous intrigue, sharp-tongued snark, and mindblowing worldbuilding ensues. It’s e [...]

    4. I loved this one! It's full of wonderful and lively characters - I like Roddy, Grundo and Nick but the elephant is probably my favourite! Nick had a backstory that I thought was a bit vague until I realised this is actually a sequel. I'll have to go back and read the first book now, but I don't think it's necessary to read it first because everything else made sense. Romanov is a very interesting character. I would have liked to have seen more about him and his background. It's such a packed sto [...]

    5. I read the book sometime when I was in High School - there everyone would start guessing just how old I am. It's quite funny to think of that. Anyway. This is definitely my favourite genre. Fantasy and magic. Well, I am one of those who does have her head in the clouds and not afraid to actually admit it. I loved every character by the time I was finished with each line. Sure Nick was comical at some point I wanted to stab him, Roddy was being too weird for me and there was several time I really [...]

    6. YES TO THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! <3I need an elephant. AN ELEPHANT.Also Romanov. YesssssK DIANA WYNNE JONES BOOKS ARE LIFE I TELL YOU.(I may coherent a review someday.)ROMANOV.

    7. As a big fan of Diana Wynne Jones, I had hoped for an absorbing and well characterised story. I wasn't sure what audience this would be pitched at, initially, because it is set in the same magical system as an earlier book, Deep Secret, which is aimed more at adults and YA. This book seems to be for a younger audience. Firstly, the two viewpoint characters who narrate the story in first person in alternate sections are mid-teens: at least, Nick is definitely 14-going-on-15, as he is a character [...]

    8. My previous acquaintance with Diana Wynne Jones was through her The Tough Guide to Fantasyland (Vista 1996), a thoroughly enjoyable tongue-in-cheek encyclopaedic tour of the conventions of post-Tolkien fantasy writing. This outing for the much-published children's writer includes much of that irreverant humour (we meet an elephant called Mini and a coffee-addicted SF-detective writer called Maxwell Hyde, for example, whose name seems to be a compound of a well-known instant coffee and a literary [...]

    9. I hated The Merlin Conspiracy when I first read it in 2003. On re-read to decide whether or not to give my copy away, it's not as bad as I remembered. Maybe that's because now I've read the book it's the loose sequel to (the hilarious Deep Secret)? But I'm inclined to think it's not so bad because, well, I don't find The Merlin Conspiracy to be much of anything. It's action-packed and while I didn't take much of a shine to the characters (not even Nick who I enjoyed in the preceding book!), neit [...]

    10. The Merlin Conspiracy was a romp, although I didn't find it to be as clever as some of her other books. The back and forth first person narration made it difficult to get a real feel for the main characters of the book, and some of the relationships seemed forced and one dimensional. However, the author's true gift is the way she can create other worlds and drop you into them seamlessly, without all the tiresome introductions. This was certainly a book that highlighted that strength, pulling mul [...]

    11. Nick desperately wants to travel to other worlds. He's actually from another one, originally, and has traveled to a few. But that was in the (not-so-distant) past. Now he and his adopted dad live more or less peacefully on Earth, and for all Nick's scheming to be a Magid and once more walk the worlds, he seems destined for an ordinary life. Then someone sends him stumbling into a place quite different . . .Roddy travels with the King's Progress all over England. In Blest, the king, the Merlin, a [...]

    12. I actually listened to it while doing some stitching! David Tennant and Emily Fox read it. I managed to get through more than half the book in one sitting . I loved every book of Diana Wynne Jones till now. And I absolutely loved it this time too. The humour is still intact and the story sped off in a good pace! I didn't realise who Nick was (He was in deep secret) till a bit later but I'd already liked him as a annoying but well meaning teenager. He was a bit too confused and hilarious to watch [...]

    13. In a neighboring universe, two children discover that their king's traveling court has been subverted from within. To rescue their country, Roddy and Grundo will have to muster strange powers through the aid (and occasional hindrance) of their scattered families, along with Nick, a boy from Earth who has magical ambitions.It seems weirdly reductive to summarize the plot of The Merlin Conspiracy, because the book feels like dozens of tiny episodes nestled together. This impression is further exag [...]

    14. It's really more like 3.5 stars, but it's Diana Wynne Jones, so I was always going to be erring on the generous side. This book hasn't quite grabbed me. I loved the universe, I loved the different types of magic, I loved the idea of the Magids keeping an eye on them all, and of course Romanov - free agent extraordinaire. I loved how Roddy got the magic from the past uploaded onto her brain, there was a lot I loved about the world mechanics. I just didn't hugely love the story, or the main charac [...]

    15. I really like this book. It has a very elaborate and intriguing plot. I could not put it down when I read it.The really genius part is that the narration is split between Nick, a boy who lives on Earth although he wasn't born there, and Roddy, a girl who lives on another world called Blest. It is interesting to see events from both of their eyes, and it means that both girls and boys can read this booth.I especially love the elephant character, named Tiny. She is so much fun!

    16. Interesting to read this against Lewis's That Hideous Strength--there is some of the same material running through both: a conspiracy to take over England and seriously shift the power relationships between land and people, and an arthurian regeneration. DWJ holds up beautifully against Lewis, and certainly has a more comfortable approach to gender for a contemporary reader. Lewis, on the other hand, does have Mr. Bultitude.

    17. In all honesty, what I love about her is that she has always been original and it is of course to be commended that she can create an entirely different story within the same regulations of her created universe without resorting to repeating herself. The way the two main characters are intertwined, when they met all the puzzle pieces just fit and I was rendered completely mindblown.

    18. An expert bit of YA fantasy. Well paced, well plotted, appealing (and repulsive) characters, and all the threads nicely tied off at the end - which might be why I liked, and not loved, the book. Maybe that's one of the things that differentiates the adult-me reader from the child-me; I'm happier now with a more ambiguous ending.I'm not sure I'll become a DWJ fan, but I'm certainly an admirer.

    19. I loved this book. Wynn Jones is every bit as good as Rowling at showing us different worlds and making them believable and accessible. I was left wanting more. This is my first book of hers, and from what I hear, all of her books will leave me this way. I can't wait to try my next one!

    20. Может быть, это не совсем пять, может быть, это четыре с половиной. Увлекательная добрая смешная сказка.

    21. Sadly only available as an abridged audibook, but fortunately not _too_ drastically abridged.David Tennant sounds way too old to be a fifteen year-old though.

    22. Good adventure story, I liked it. I actually got the audiobook that David Tennant co-reads. I highly recommend his sexy Scottish voice whispering in your ear.

    23. I love Diana Wynne Jones, and I'll probably have to dig up the rest of the books in this series. I have had this one on my bookshelf for years and I revisited it for fun - not disappointed at all.

    24. I started reading this book without knowing that it was the second in a series. If I had known, I would have waited until I could get the first book. Even so, the story was pretty easy to follow once I got a grasp on the characters. I think that my favourites were Roddy's Welsh grandfather (who is truly dreadful, awful, and terrible in the original senses of the words, as well as being quite kind and gentle), Mini the elephant, and those incredibly annoying but also entertaining Izzys (think Lyd [...]

    25. DWJ Book Toast, #15Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death. I can't say I'm overcome with emotion - as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all - but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them. [...]

    26. One of my favourite parts of Wynne Jones’ writing is the complex worlds that she creates. On one hand we have Nick’s world, which is rather similar to ours. Then we have Roddy’s world, that relies on magic to the point where it’s part of the political system. Then on top of that, there are multiple other worlds all layered onto these worlds, each with their own rules for magic. Wynne Jones creates rules not only for the magic, but how to move between these worlds, how these worlds depend [...]

    27. Recensione pubblicata su La Biblioteca di AmargantaA parte che ho scoperto che è il secondo di una serie e, ovviamente!, il primo non è stato tradotto in italiano (Salani are you listening?). Comunque credo che si possa leggere indipendentemente dal primo.Ordunque. Ritengo che questo sia davvero un bel libro. (Finalmente, direi.)La storia è divisa in due punti di vista, Roddy (il cui vero nome è Arianrhod) e Nick (che si chiama Nichotodes più un'altra sfilza di nomi). I due passano diversi [...]

    28. This is another interesting story on magic from Diana Wynne Jones. It revolves around two characters, Roddy and Nick, who are somehow entangled in a web of conspiracy that could potentially change the world of magic. More on that Roddy is the daughter of two court wizards in the land of Blest. Along with her friend Grundo, she stumbled upon a sinister plot of treason involving a few high ranking court wizards. Unfortunately, those who can help her do not believe her word, and those who does, can [...]

    29. This has got to be one of my favorite fantasy books. It is a shame the author died recently. I would have to say it falls in the middle of her lighter style of writing (Howl's Moving Castle) and her darker writing style (The Time of the Ghost).The story is about a boy named Nick who appears to be a normal boy from Earth who travels through different worlds. He travels to a world called Blest where he meets Roddy, the daughter of two court wizards. Roddy and her friend Ambrose Temple/Grundo disco [...]

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