The Merlin Conspiracy
Roddy enlists the help of Nick, a boy from another world, and the three turn to their own imp ...more
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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 sympath ...more
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 ...more
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I need an elephant. AN ELEPHANT.
Also Romanov. Yesssss.
ACK DIANA WYNNE JONES BOOKS ARE LIFE I TELL YOU.
(I may coherent a review someday.)
Roddy travels with the King's Progress all over England. In Blest, the king, t ...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!), neither was I offended by them. ...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 exa ...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 ...more
I'm not sure I'll become a DWJ fan, but I'm certainly an admirer.
Was fun to revisit. Definitely has a completely different tone the the other in this duo. More aimed at a younger censored generation. Still fun. The complete lack of apprehension by the majority of the adults was a bit crazy but otherwise cool
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, ...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 you finis...more
The Merlin Conspiracy was both a thrill and a disappointment. It has the same fast-paced and action-packed style that one can expect from a Diana Wynne Jones book, where precocious teens are faced with seemingly huge, insurmountable problems, and depen ...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/ ...more
(Unless you're just smarter than me, or read slower. I'm not especially great at following complex plots ...more
I liked this book, but on the other hand, I didn't really. Its... hard to say, exacty. (I know, thats not very helpful). It was interesting, but... well, first of all, there wasn't so much a magic system as there was a whole slew of magic systems that were partially developed, briefly talked about, or almost mentioned. It was, in my opinion, too much. I would have prefered that one, or mayb ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA Fantasy in a magical alternate reality with multiple perspectives. [s]||6||39||Aug 31, 2018 11:58PM|