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One of the things I like best about Diana Wynne Jones which no one else does, is that she can create these characters who exist in the gap between human and god and make them both big and broken as well as awkward and confused and normal And humans can interact with them, as humans, and be just as big and important, or, perhaps, so, because they are of the world in the way the others aren't Or they can be just quiet and normal Or, in fact, both at the same time.I feel like a lot of the time when people talk about kids books or YA they talk about 'agency' and whether or not the main character has it But in books like these, I think that's missing the point The point is not what a young person can do, the point is ~what the world is~ and in finding that out and living in it, the young person has all the agency they need. THIS SERIES IS A FREAKING MASTERPIECE, TELL YOUR FRIENDS
Narrated in the first chapter by Mitt, this at first seems like a continuance of Drowned Ammet, but then it continues into Maewen's fishoutofwater tale, which is a great way to end this series.One of the great fun of reading series, I always think, is finding out what has become of the characters you grew to know and love in previous books Even as I become attached to new characters such as Maewen (and, surprisingly, Navis, who is not new but getsnarrative time in this book) I like to hear about events and characters from the past And who better to show the future of these old friends, and of Dalemark, than someone who lives 200 years beyond the events in Cart and Cwidder and Drowned Ammet? This is one of the great strengths of this series: the entire world's past and its future are included, from the primitive prehistory of The Spellcoats to the planestrainsandautomobiles of The Crown of Dalemark.DWJ brings all of the interwoven narratives together into a splendid, and rather unexpected, conclusion This volume in the series, above all the others, makes me feel as though she could continue to write books set in Dalemark for ages and ages there is so much that is only hinted at The Great Uprising and powergathering of Amil the Great, for instance Or the Continuing Adventures of Mitt and Maewen which, of course, is what I really want to read The glossary is filled with intriguing little tidbits which fill in some of the gaps It's a very satisfying end to the series, which is not to say that I don't wantThis is without a doubt one of my favoritefavorites. Finally got round to reading the last Dalemark book, and I don't regret it It is very characteristically Diana Wynne Jones, but it's also the fourth book of a quartet, which I don't recall happening very much at all with Jones' other work so the gap before I read it wasn't a good idea It took me some time to get back into it.But when I did, I had a lot of fun Jones' work often makes me feel a bit stupid because her characters seem to know what she's doing a lot better than I do and understand things faster than I do e.g (view spoiler)[the reveal about the One actually being Kankredin (hide spoiler)] skipping spellcoats and reading this first, cause Beth said so!! :) and i need something good right nowread spellcoats first, which was a very good idea and thanks beth and katie really, really liked alot of it, maybe just not the parts when the one got involved, the other undying i really liked, the one was too concrete and all powerful and not human this time all in all though really liked all four books in the series and super happy that i've read them, super sad that this is the last one. Reread December 2018 I love this book SO VERY MUCH!!!!! 3Original Review, September 2014Wait What.Excuse me while I go around in a mindblown haze of postDianaWynneJonesbookness for the next few days You don't know the meaning of mindblown until you've read this series and finished reading The Crown of Dalemark In fact I need to read them all over again Like now.No one had better expect me to be coherent for some time.I can't word.***(Only slightlycoherent review from my topreadsof2014blogpost)This is my favorite book I read in 2014.Ohhhhhh my goodness I CANNOT EVEN WORD WITH THE AMAZINGNESS OF THIS THING’S CONCLUSION So it’s book 4 in a series, wrapping up The Dalemark Quartet… Which means I’m sort of including all four books when I say this is the best, because part of the amazing was how the separate storylines of the first three books came together so epically in this one BUT STILL It was just… I CAN’T, OKAY.When I finished it I was literally incapacitated for several minutes All I could do was some combination of sitting there in awesomebookendingshock, and flail around and babble incoherently at my sister who had to put up with me XDBUT BUT FANTASY WORLD, WITH MUSKETS, BUT ALSO QUITE MEDIEVAL, BUT ALSO MODERNISH BECAUSE TRAINS AND TIME TRAVEL IN A FANTASY WORLD WHY DOES THIS NOT HAPPEN MORE OFTEN? IT WAS ALSKDJFLKJDFL POSITIVELY BRILLIANT AND THE CHARACTERS WHO I LOVED WHO WERE AWESOME 33 AND THE HUMOR AND EVERYTHING AND DIANA WYNNE JONES And Just I CAN’T EVENNNNNN.THAT ENDING *flaiiiil* The completely brilliant conclusion to the Dalemark Quartet (8)*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!* Huh I said of a previous book in this series that I didn't really understand what DWJ was doing; having finished it, I'm not sure DWJ understood what DWJ was doing.This was supposed to pull everything together And it tried to, I think – structurally this series is supposed to be woven (like a story coat) with characters moving through time, taking each other's places, etc etc And it justdidn't The threads swapped out too many times and I was never sure who I was supposed to be caring about at any moment.And, well, file this under 'thinking about it too much,' but this is epic fantasy of the sort where revolution is actually an incredibly conservative act that shores up the system of power rather than reordering it You know, the evil king is bad, so we fix it by replacing him with the good king All the problems of hierarchical hereditary political dictatorships being contained in the caliber of the dictator, you know Here its evil barons replaced with the good king, but same damn thing I'm not asking for the great democratization of fantasy land – that has its own perils, and they are many – it's just that let's not pretend here Books like this play with the emotional rush of political uprising while never, for a second, meaningfully threatening the social order they spend so long calling corrupt It's not like people aren't still writing this sort of political fantasy that parades around in the trappings of radicalism while actually being intensely conservative I just happen not to read it that much any. (Free E-pub) ⚫ The Crown of Dalemark õ For centuries, Dalemark has been a land divided by the warning earldoms of the North and South Now, with the help of the Undying, the mysterious gods of Dalemark, four extraordinary young peoplefrom the past, present, and futuremust join forced to reunify their beloved land Interesting, if not entirely successful, conclusion to the Dalemark Quartet This novel concludes the overall series arc that really fell into place in The Spellcoats and finally brings together characters from multiple books, particularly Moril and Kialan from Cart and Cwidder and Mitt and Ynen from Drowned Ammet, while introducing a new lead as well, Maewyn The main problem, I think, is that none of the characters were strong enough to carry the weight of the narrative, either on their own or as an ensemble We'd seen so little from Ynen or Kialan's perspectives, for example, that their inclusion in the final five was not very interesting Meanwhile, Mitt's importance was far too obvious, but he was perhaps too consciously abrasive Jones's recent work has moved away from this sort of epic toward an emphasis on wit and plot twists; if she ever returned to this particular form, I'd be interested in seeing how it was different.