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Drowned Ammet (The Dalemark Quartet #2)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,387 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Stunning new paperback editions of Diana Wynne Jones's spellbinding Dalemark Quartet designed for crossover appeal to the adult fantasy audience as well as young Harry Potter fans. In "Drowned Ammet." a young man joins in a plot to assassinate a tyrannical earl.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by HarperTrophy (first published 1977)
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Diana Wynne Jones doesn't make the worldbuilding too easy to follow. I remember reading in her collected non-fiction writings that she found that children made the leaps her books require much more easily than adults do. So I try to think like a child when I read her work (it sort of pleases me, the way people are often so snobby about children "not understanding" adult literature -- which I did, on some level at least, from the age of nine -- that perhaps this is something children understand b ...more
Mitt's story - what he realizes he reveals, and what he doesn't - is so well done, and so satisfying.

Something I recognized on my recent Dalemark reread (minus The Spellcoats because I don't own that one; I've never appreciated it) is that I appreciate Mitt's story much more in the context of his final arc in The Crown of Dalemark. It's such a rewarding journey, from his choices to his lack of choices to his wonderful limited point of view.
If Cart and Cwidder had hidden depths, Drowned Ammet is all depths, and they're right out of the open. This second book in the quartet ratchets up the danger of the North/South conflict, and also brings the gods right out into the open.

Mitt is a wholly sympathetic and fascinating character, snappish and sarcastic like so many DWJ characters are, but with a well-tuned moral compass and a vivid inner life. He shares the narration with Hildy, who is decidedly less sympathetic at times, at least in
Paola (A Novel Idea)
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Rating: 4/5

Dalemark has been divided into the liberal, freed0m-loving North and the tyrannized South for time immemorial. Mitt is just another young boy caught up in the oppressive regime of the Southern Earls, who live in luxury while the people starve. His father was a member of the Free Holanders, an underground resistance force in the city of Holand, but was captured and killed when his own brothers in the resistance turned him in. Mitt feels that his
Melissa Proffitt
I discovered this book at the same time The Crown of Dalemark came out. Not only had I never heard of it, I didn't realize that the other two books in the series were even part of a series. Drowned Ammet is by far my favorite of the Dalemark stories. Mitt is exactly the kind of person I feel drawn to in fiction, concealing his pain even from himself, acting prickly to push people away but still hoping that someone will be his friend. There are few truly noble characters in this book, and I love ...more
Diana Wynne Jones has a way of writing that just speaks to me perfectly. She gets inside her characters and explains them from the inside out and puts everything just the way you feel it yourself, if you could get it into words.

Her early books, such as the Dalemark Quartet, are clearly tentative ventures into the territory she would boldly explore later on, with many of her themes noticeable here: children growing themselves up with no help (and often active hindrance) from parents, people not
Unfortunately after raving about the complexity of Diana Wynne Jones's writing, I found an example of what happens when she doesn't quite get it right. Drowned Ammet has some of the same themes that made Cart and Cwidder so much fun, but it lacks the irresistible appeal. The main problem is that DWJ is usually good at POV – and that's where most of the complexity comes from, because she has the ability to make you see through a character's eyes. But she fails to do this for some reason with th ...more
Another fantasy, this one about a boy raised to be a terrorist bomber who fails in his attempt to assassinate the tyrannical earl and ends up on the run with the earl's grandchildren.

The first 80% of this was really good for me. It was playing with the role of children in political drama. Our protagonists are all tools of adult agendas, either as a murder weapon or a bargaining chip in an arranged marriage. This is the second book in this series in which a protagonist's parents turn out to be se
This time round it was not so much the protagonist but the set-up that fascinated me. A boy being pushed into a role and not realizing until it's almost too late. Also, the meeting between rich and poor and how they deal with each other. What I love is that none of the children are faultless, or simply sweet kids. They all have a temper, they have their bad days and their back story and they are as flawed as the world around them. And still, they move and grow and it's absolutely wonderfully dep ...more
Sarah Taleweaver
I was only going to give this book 3 stars- it's good, but I'm definitely not crazy about it, and it took me a ridiculously long time to get properly attached to any of the characters. But that ending. It's awesome, and it gets this book an extra star.
Prickly, would-be bomber-assassin protagonist!

Yes, you read that right. Even in perhaps her most typical young-adult high fantasy series, Diana Wynne Jones still has her touches of subversion. But, I'm getting ahead of myself.

Drowned Ammet shifts the action to the port city of Holand, where young Mitt joins the secret resistance in hope of avenging his father's death. He shares the focus with Ynen and Hilda, who as high-born grandchildren of Earl Hadd suffer less but at closer range from his dic
Originally reviewed on RED Book Reviews.

Story: Mitt lives in poverty with his mother, in a earldom where the earl is pretty much a tyrant. Because he's a "free soul" (his mother's words), he plans to kill the tyrant earl on the day of the Sea Festival (incidentally, his birthday). Things go wrong, and stuff happens, and he ends up ... well, that would be spoiling it rather, so I'll stop now.

Thoughts: This was Diana Wynne Jones, the most consummate story teller I've read, so of course it was goin
Althea Ann
Takes place at the same time as the previous novel, but with different characters.
In South Dalemark, after their landlord conspires to throw his family off their farm, a boy named Mitt must struggle to fit into town life, as his mother works hard (but uses her money spendthrift-ly) and his father gets involved in an illegal revolutionary movement.
When the political group is betrayed, Mitt, with the encouragement of his mother, devotes himself to becoming a double agent – involved with his father
Maureen E
Drowned Ammet is startling, especially if you didn’t know that the four books all focus on a different character. We’d just gotten used to Moril and Brid and Dagner and Kialan and all the rest of them, when suddenly we’re starting all over with this Mitt boy, who’s someone completely different. Different, but wonderful nonetheless. There’s something about Mitt I really love. I think it’s his ability to do all the wrong things for all the right reasons and the right things for the wrong reasons. ...more
Mitt lived with his parents on a farm, but the rent kept going up and eventually, his father had to live to find work elsewhere. Mitt and his mother were left behind to continue to work on the farm, but the rent continued to go up and no longer could they pay it.

Mitt and his mother to go Holand to live with his father. Life isn't easy there. It's not happy like the one Mitt had with his mother and father at the farm. And Mitt's father is part of the Free Holanders, it sets things in motion for h
Julie Davis
Second in the Dalemark series, this doesn't follow up Cart and Cwidder's story. Mitt was the happy son of a happy farming family. He grows up unhappy because the evil Earl Hadd's high taxes drove his family from the farm into a city tenement. His dreams of assassinating the Earl are what drive his actions. Meanwhile, two of the Earl's grandchildren, Ynen and Hildy, are also quite unhappy, albeit for different reasons. We know they will all meet up. It is just unsure how that will happen.

This boo
This is the second installment in Diana Wynne Jones’ Dalemark Quartet, and it is the volume that really hooked me and prompted a back-to-back marathon reading of the series when I was 14, and a similar re-read in 2012.

Drowned Ammet is essentially the story of Mitt, or Alhammitt Alhammittson to be more precise (don’t worry, the odd name has significance but doesn’t show up much). After Mitt and his family are forced to leave their farm by increasing rents, they move into a rundown tenement in the
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YA Fantasy. Huh, I was expecting this to follow the action of the first book, but it's got all new characters and only mentions the events of the first book in passing. However, it does feel like more of a complete story than Cart and Cwidder did.

Mitt is the son of a farmer, but when Earl Hadd raises their taxes Mitt's family is forced to move to the city. After his father joins a freedom fighter's group and disappears, Mitt get sucked into a plot to assassinate the earl. That goes horribly wron
I liked how the development of this story linked into the first book, but from such a different angle that you get some of the "other side" of what happened in Cart and Qwidder. Like this for the same reasons I liked the first - strong, wily, smart teenage characters, learning to adapt and make their way through treacherous adults. Nice development of the story and the history of the belief in two mythical/magical characters central to the traditions of their land. Excellent plot twists at the e ...more
Part 2 in the Dalemark trilogy, it's a fast read that covers a lot of action and some rather dark questions, but somehow manages to dodge really dealing with any of them. I kept thinking the book was going to start looking at the consequences of being raised your whole life for revenge. Or maybe discuss the way someone's social class changes their life, regardless of whether they want it to or not. Or even why it is that people can be so dominated by fear that they cannot stand up for themselves ...more
Although this may have started out in a long, slow narrative, I knew Jones wouldn't dissapoint me! After the Festival, as things begin to speed up for Mitt, Ynen, and Hildy, so do they for the reader. By the end I had decided to give this book a well-earned 5 stars. There were surprising lessons on morals and faith etched into this tale, as well as those of courage and friendhip. The characters were billiantly unexpected, the best of them being Old Ammet and Libby Beer, who grow to awe the reade ...more
Oct 27, 2007 Sabrina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pre-teens, teens
Shelves: for_children
For that post-Harry, pre-something heavy and involved time.

Recommended to me by my genetics prof (who saw me finishing a Harry Potter book one day on campus). The Dalemark Quartet is more advanced reading than the Harry Potter books, but the same type of fanstasy and contains a long and interwoven story line that fully comes together in The Crown of Dalemark. Characters and items in each previous book play a main role in this last installment so the quartet must be read in order and close togeth
There was too much sailing.
These are great old books. The plot develops very slowly and the characters are developed differently than a Harry Potter or a Fablehaven, almost types as much as individuals, but I ended up liking them a lot. I like how the magic has been very subtle until being more fully revealed in both climaxes. The development of the overall story and what will happen with the north and south marks, a king, etc. looks to be very interesting. I will be reading the final two books in the series.
At first I was disappointed that this book was not a continuation of "Cart and Cwidder", it has the same feel and is in the same world. The more I read the more I liked this story also. The heros are so brave and make such hard choices that you almost think they are adults, but than something will happen to remind you that they are really just children. I think it is amazing that this author can portray the, way a pre-teens mind works so clearly, on the edge between adulthood and childhood.
As I think I commented after reading the first book in the Dalemark Quartet, this book reads like a long short story. That's good in that it moves right along and keeps your attention. That's also not so good in that it's somewhat simplistic, at least until the last section in the Holy Islands. It didn't help that I found Mitt to be obnoxious through most of the book. But I certainly plan to continue the series, if only to see how the separate stories come together.
Rachel Boling
This is the sequel to Cart and Cwidder. It has a new cast of characters, although it covers events that were mentioned in the first book. The characters in this book (there are two main characters, a boy and a girl) live in the heart of the oppressed area of the country. The boy is a farmer's son, who ends up living in poverty in the capital of the earldom they live in, and the girl is the granddaughter of the earl. They escape toward the north together.
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Diana Wynne Jones was the author of more than thirty critically acclaimed fantasy stories, including the Chrestomanci series and the novels Howl's Moving Castle and Dark Lord of Derkholm.

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The Dalemark Quartet (4 books)
  • Cart and Cwidder (The Dalemark Quartet, #1)
  • The Spellcoats (The Dalemark Quartet, #3)
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