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Drowned Ammet (The Dalemark Quartet #2)

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The second volume of The Dalemark Quartet continues the story of the mythical land of Dalemark, and the four people chosen to reunify the divided lands.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by HarperTrophy (first published 1977)
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Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
katayoun Masoodi
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
and i started not really liking this and definitely not liking Mitt, and then they got together, they talked, they changed, but still not totally and still they carried alot of themselves and i loved it.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Melissa McShane
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
Shawn Thrasher
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some of DWJ's beautifully descriptive prose in all of her many books happens in Drowned Ammet when she writes of her fictional Holy Islands; she certainly made me want to not only visit but dwell in these fantasy islands. Her descriptions of sailing, ships and the ocean gave my personal favorite writer about oceans, Richard Henry Dana Jr. a run for his money as well. But what really struck me was her perfect capturing of the mind of a young terrorist. I can only guess that when DWJ was writing t ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
All in all, not Diana's best.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
okay. not my fav.
Paola (A Novel Idea)
Originally posted at A Novel Idea Reviews

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
I don't think I could ever really write a review that would ever capture how wonderful this book - rather this whole series is. What I love about it is that this one is one of three mostly standalone novels that can be read in any order - although I think it does work best to read them in published order rather than chronological. (This one is the second book in published order and chronological order come to think of it).

Mainly what I love about this book is the character of Mitt. He is marvell
Sarah Taleweaver
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Sometimes, it's really tempting to drop a mountain on your father.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf
Such a good book. I had trouble getting through it because *exam season!!!!* But when I did have time to read it, I enjoyed every word.
Diana Wynne Jones never fails to deliver with her middle-grade fantasies. This one does not disappoint. There were twists that caught me by surprise (and generally I'm pretty good at figuring out plot twists before they happen) and that is always amazing. Love it!
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This book didn't hold my attention as well as the first novel did. I came into this expecting to follow the same characters, and was slightly disappointed when it did not. I can see how the ties weave together, though, so that's something.

I didn't really like the characters in this novel, and I think that's what took me so long to get into it.

I am interested to see how all the books conclude.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of Jones' quirky writing. I love her characters, who struggle with both internal and external conflicts, and her plot twists and unapologetic integration of mythology into her stories. The moral lessons are complex and nuanced, because we live in a shadow-filled world and not a black-and-white one.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not as THE BEST as cart and cwidder - the 4th star is for the earthsea echoes - but i'm super happy to see how this plays out!!
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the most amazing story with wonderful characters! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Alex Neilson
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Full of adventure, seen through the eyes of young Mitt.
Dennis Marien
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the entire quartet in 3 months time, I'd recommend it to all!
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I found the beginning of this book rather dull, it didn't get going for me until two thirds of the way through, but was entertaining and mystical from then on. Overall too political and heavy handed and the baddie was too bad. Not my favourite of hers by a long way.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
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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
Pam Baddeley
This is the second in the Dalemark quartet, and is set in the same timeframe roughly as 'Cart and Cwidder' but from the point of view of children actually brought up in the repressive southern Dales rather than the outsider minstrel children of the first volume.

Alhammitt, or Mitt as he is always known, starts off as a happy child with parents who are always laughing although life isn't easy on the farm. However, the animosity of a rent collector ends all that, with their father forced to look fo
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
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
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Other Books in the Series

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