#Read Book õ The Merlin Conspiracy â eBook or E-pub free

My previous acquaintance with Diana Wynne Jones was through her The Tough Guide to Fantasyland (Vista 1996), a thoroughly enjoyable tongueincheek encyclopaedic tour of the conventions of postTolkien fantasy writing This outing for the muchpublished children's writer includes much of that irreverant humour (we meet an elephant called Mini and a coffeeaddicted SFdetective writer called Maxwell Hyde, for example, whose name seems to be a compound of a wellknown instant coffee and a literary split personality) And it all starts with the title, which is about a conspiracy concerning the Merlin.From this we gather that the main setting for the plot is not Earth as we know it but an alternative world in a kind of Moorcock multiverse Nick Malory (not his real name, by the way) is eventually propelled into this other Britain called Blest, a rather apt title not only for its Otherworld echoes in Greek and Celtic mythology but also because many of its denizens are witches and others adept at natural magic, such as the story's other protagonist Arianrhod The conspiracy involves the replacement of the chief wizard of the country of Logres (England in our world) with a false Merlin, and the repercussions this has on Blest and it world and on parallel worlds Oh, and did I mention timetravel as well?This is a very readable novel which you may well get through in very few sittings, right up to its apocalyptic conclusion It's a given that reviews of this type of fiction will include favourable comparisons with J K Rowling and Philip Pullman, but in truth Diana Wynne Jones has a wellwarranted reputation which needs no such hype For those with a penchant for legends a lot of the fun comes from spotting both the overt and subtler Arthurian references, along with the overtones of, among others, William Blake Then it'll be time to search out those other titles of hers, such as Deep Secret, this book's prequel. This is definitely not my favourite series by Diana Wynne Jones, but I did like this bookthan its predecessor and there are still some fun bits all through. #Read Book í The Merlin Conspiracy ⚜ 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 scheming to steal the magic of Blest for their own purposesRoddy enlists the help of Nick, a boy from another world, and the three turn to their own impressive powers The dangers are great, and if Roddy, Grundo, and Nick cannot stop the conspirators, the results will be dreadful than they could possibly imagine 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 worldtraversing, accidentally magical Nick, who is pretty much the definition of an unimpressed teenage boy Sorcerous intrigue, sharptongued snark, and mindblowing worldbuilding ensues It’s everything you would want in a fantasy book — Jessica Yangfrom The Best Books We Read In August 2016: 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 thought, That's it, I'm never reading this bloody book again Still, I pull through the very end I don't think it had been an easy book to read from Diana Wynne Jones It was a little bit too tangled up from several other books of hers of course, that's just me It had a highly imaginative storyline that kept you wondering what if, exactly what if it was all real I've always loved how Ms Jones kept inserting bits of the real world, even when it's filled with excessive amount of ludicrous amount fantasy dose. Diana Wynne Jones creates the most incredible worlds and characters it's always a pleasure to spend time with them (10)*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately Thank you!* YES TO THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! 3I need an elephant AN ELEPHANT.Also Romanov Yesssss.ACK DIANA WYNNE JONES BOOKS ARE LIFE I TELL YOU.(I may coherent a review someday.)ROMANOV. 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 aimedat 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 midteens: at least, Nick is definitely 14goingon15, as he is a character from Deep Secret and it is set a year after those events Secondly, the only vague approach to sexuality is that Nick fancies the other POV character Arianrhod (Roddy as she prefers to be known) whereas she thinks he's just odd.Roddy lives on yet another of the worlds within the multiverse introduced in Deep Secret In this, a version of Britain exists called the Isles of Blest England is ruled by a king who travels the land with his court, reminiscent of Queen Elizabeth I's progresses, but the parliament is at Winchester, harking back to the time of King Alfred in our own world However, the technology is an alternative version of what was current at the time of the book's publication (2003) including buses and cars for transport although they don't use the internal combustion engine, and the court officials work on laptops though they have to rough it with bathrooms set up in tents etc An analogue to the landline phone exists called a farspeaker, but their version of TV only shows news and sport and they have no internet, mobile phones or the like.Roddy and her parents her father is the court weather mage and her mother works on the admin side are part of the massive traveling court, as are an unpleasant woman called Sybil and her two children, snooty and unpleasant Alicia and neglected son Ambrose, nicknamed Gundro by Roddy Gundro is dyslexic in effect his magic works 'backwards' and he is slow to progress so he is scorned by his mother and sister Roddy has made it her mission in life to look after him and give him the attention he lacks.As the story opens, the court Merlin (a post denoting the head of the male wizards) suffers what appears to be a heart attack at a meeting of the English king with the Scottish king, nearly occasioning a diplomatic incident A new Merlin is brought to court by Roddy's grandfather This grandfather is eventually revealed to be a Magid, one of the magicians who ensure that the multiverse is kept in balance But Roddy and Grundo soon realise that the Merlin is conspiring with Sybil and Sybil's nasty boyfriend None of the adults they confide in believe them they all think the Merlin is incorruptible and therefore, despite what the children witnessed (view spoiler)[Sybil and her chums drugging the whole court to put them under their influence (hide spoiler)] 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 seenabout him and his background It's such a packed story that I think he got pushed to the side a bit and ended up not really doing much.Grundo is dyslexic and his magic comes out back to front! But what happened to the panther? Nick meets it once and it seems like it might be quite important but then never reappears.Seeing the narrators from other characters point of view is revealsabout them Roddy seems sensible and kind from her own point of view but, from Nick's perspective, she's quite cold and bossy Roddy's grandad I expected from Roddy's mother's description to be cold and cruel but Roddy finds that he actually is caring in his odd own way They all have layered personalities like real actual people and it also shows that one person's view of events is never the whole story The worldbuilding for Blest is brilliant, I could almost feel the sunshine and at one point I felt like I had wasps buzzing around me the way the characters did When Nick travels through different worlds they all felt realistic too, even the place where Romanov lives that changes according to Romanov's whims The plot is deeper, darker andintelligent than most adult books It felt very English (lot's of tea and sandwiches!) and it almost lulled me into thinking it's a cosy adventure but then the characters face real danger and the villains are scary enough to banish the cosy feel Diane Wynn Jones is very good at plot twists and including little, seemingly throwaway things that end up having big, unexpected effects and being important to the story It's a complicated plot but I never felt lost and I love the way it all comes together at the end I feel like there should have been a sequel to find out what happens next to Roddy and Nick (and the panther!) and to fill in a bitabout Romanov That may be just because I want to knowabout the characters though because the story does has a definite ending This was wonderful to lose myself in for a couple of days, and it's one that I will be keeping to reread. 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 knowledge Nick is doubly handicapped in the adventure: first, he comes from our world, so he's only recently discovered that magic exists, never mind how to work with it; second, he's infatuated with Roddy at first sight but utterly unsure what to do about it.It's a strange book: the two protagonists' viewpoints alternate, but for a long time they seem to be in separate stories, and even after they become aware of each other on the dark paths between worlds, they don't reach each other until late in the book The plot is exceedingly complicated for a middle grades book.Despite its oddities, or perhaps because of it, this is a riveting story I read it aloud to my 8yearold son (suppressing a couple of fleeting references to sex, a few damns, and one or two gory bits), and he was completely fascinated throughout the 400plus pages of The Merlin Conspiracy And I was equally fascinated, happily devouring it twice in quick succession to savor every twist and turn The characters are engaging, and the theme of taking responsibility to use power wisely (a common theme in DWJ's books) gives The Merlin Conspiracy a significance and grandeur lacking in many socalled adult novels I've read.Readers of Jones' other books may recognize Nick as a secondary character from Deep Secret, another wonderful novel that I recommend reading before this one (unless you are under 12 I think certain scenes, including the first chapter, may be a bit too grim and gory for preadolescent children).A biographical note of interest: in this book Diana Wynne Jones, an author troubled by dyslexia in childhood, writes about a dyslexic young wizard whose magic keeps coming out back to front.