The Merlin Conspiracy (Magids #2)
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 ...more
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 ...more
My sister got a copy of this in a second-hand shop the other day, and when she'd finished with it, I decided that I might as well see what all the fuss was about.
Do I get kicked out of f ...more
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 ...more
Alright, that aside this was a brilliant book. I really enjoyed the characters, who were both very distinct in the way they narrated and the actions they took, and they both were really relatable. It wasn't one of those books where the characters are too perfect, or too well-liked. They were actually real people. The time/world travel was well thought-out, and I loved the idea of a writer writing about his own world and then publishing it in another. I' ...more
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!
I'm not sure I'll become a DWJ fan, but I'm certainly an admirer.
(Unless you're just smarter than me, or read slower. I'm not especially great at following complex plots and I read ...more
If you've never read DWJ before, be aware that you can NEVER underestimate her imagination! It is limitless! As a Dickens fan, I love that DWJ also has multiple storylines running which inevitably fall together near the end and combine to blow your mind.
The Merlin Conspiracy is a crazy, twisted story with incredibly lovable characters. DWJ made these storylin ...more
As a note, I did not realize this was second in a series when I read it. I'm interested in going back and reading the first one. But I never felt like any backstor ...more
This book is the second book of a series, and maybe that's why I didn't like it so much--because I couldn't really understand everything that was going on since I didn't read the first book. Although, when I looked at the blurb of Deep Secret, it had different characters, so maybe I didn't miss that much. I really liked this author's other books though.
Anyway, back to this b ...more
Don't get me wrong; the book has its good points:
* Dragons - always cool
* Magic - ditto. I also felt that the way Roddy got her magic knowledge was very innovative and refreshing.
*Multiple universes - a tried and tested idea as seen in series like His Dark Materials and The Chronicles of Narnia (kudos to the author for refering to the latter)
* The split narrative - good to get different perspectives particularly as the two protagonists spent most of the novel i ...more
This is my third Diana Wynne Jones book and if I’m honest, it’s my least favourite of the three – this isn’t to say it’s awful or anything though! (The other two being Archer’s Goon and Howl’s Moving Castle). I actually started this book just before I started a new job AND moving so I got a couple of chapters read and then my mind was everywhere and I didn’t have chance to read anymore for a while, so when I came back to it I thought I wasn’t going to get into it and it ...more
DWJ is at it again with world hopping and time travel twists galore! Not that it disjoints the story, it actually fits together quite well, but the book did feel like three different books to me. All had the same underlying story (things going wrong in Blest), but the character's growth, location changes and "mini" stories within the tale, let you feel like yo...more
Set in a parallel universe to ours (this is a common theme in Wynne Jones’ books) called Blest, the book tells the story of Ari ...more
Diana 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. ...more
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 ...more
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