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[[ Read Pdf ]] Ú Year of the Griffin é It is eight years after the tours from offworld have stopped High Chancellor Querida has retired, leaving Wizard Corkoran in charge of the Wizards University Although Wizard Corkoran s obsession is to be the first man on the moon, and most of his time is devoted to this project, he decides he will teach the new first years himself in hopes of currying the favor of the new students families for surely they must all come from wealth, important families and obtaining money for the University which it so desperately needs But Wizard Corkoran is dismayed to discover that one of those students indeed, one he had such high hopes for, Wizard Derk s own daughter Elda is a huge golden griffin, and that none of the others has any money at allWizard Corkoran s money making scheme backfires, and when Elda and her new friends start working magic on their own, the schemes go wronger still And when, at length, Elda ropes in her brothers Kit and Blade to send Corkoran to the moon well life at the Wizards University spins magically and magnificently out of controlThis breathtakingly brilliant sequel to Dark Lord of Derkholm is all one would expect from this master of genre Awww this follow up some eight years later toThe Dark Lord of Derkholmis a wonderful fantasy novel Elda, Derk s griffin daughter, attends the University, and becomes mixed up in assasination plots, and a trip to the moon Elda is a terribly sweet character, and all the friends she makes at University with their variety of dark pasts they re hiding from are wonderful as well This is typical Diana Wynne Jones funny and very, very engaging Awww this follow up some eight years later toThe Dark Lord of Derkholmis a wonderful fantasy novel Elda, Derk s griffin daughter, attends the University, and becomes mixed up in assasination plots, and a trip to the moon Elda is a terribly sweet character, and all the friends she makes at University with their variety of dark pasts they re hiding from are wonderful as well This is typical Diana Wynne Jones funny and very, very engaging Every now and then I have the urge for a comforting re read, a diverting read that will be unlike real life enough to hold back the flood for a couple of hours Year of the Griffin is one of those books for me, a lovely, reliable read about a group of young adults both human and otherwise at a school for wizards Predating Harry Potter by three years, Diana Wynne Jones made her own foray into the traditional field of English magical schools and succeeds in marvelous, whimsical fashion.Elda, th Every now and then I have the urge for a comforting re read, a diverting read that will be unlike real life enough to hold back the flood for a couple of hours Year of the Griffin is one of those books for me, a lovely, reliable read about a group of young adults both human and otherwise at a school for wizards Predating Harry Potter by three years, Diana Wynne Jones made her own foray into the traditional field of English magical schools and succeeds in marvelous, whimsical fashion.Elda, the youngest griffin daughter of the famous wizard Derk, has enrolled at the nearly broke Wizards University without her father s knowledge It isn t long before she meets a like minded and curious group of friends Ruskin, a revolutionary dwarf Olga, a mysteriously wealthy and beautiful woman Claudia, the outcast half Marshwoman sister of the Emperor of the South Lukin, the heir of the Kingdom of Luteria, and Felim, incognito from the country of the Emir to prevent assassins from learning his location During introductions on the first day, Wizard Corkoran realizes his plan to solicit their families formoney won t work since the students are either poor or in hiding Unfortunately, he s rapidly distracted by his project to be the first man to land on the moon and forgets to pass the word on to the administrative team, thus setting a wild chain of events in motion Subsequent events include a flying horse, a bushel of oranges, a trip to the library, assassins, pirates,griffins, a statue, twue love and cats.Characterization is fun all are reasonably developed and their bonding over shared academic and family frustrations seem entirely natural In the long tradition of magical schools, it is refreshing to have a griffin and dwarf be part of the student mix, along with a few other representatives of countries kingdoms in this world It creates an interesting sense of diversity within the group When their families come into play, each student gains a littlefocus and detail There is also an innocence and ingeniousness about the students that makes their efforts toward improvement quite sweet and not at all malicious Eventually, a few members of the group and incoming supporting cast end up pairing off, but any romance is gentle and exists mostly in the area of hand holding and shared company The setting feels like a typical medieval fantasy setting, with carts and horses, fires for warmth and the like It isn t too fleshed out, but allows Jones to concentrate on characterization and action.Plotting is fun Driven initially by the disclosure that the six are currently students at the university, the converging families and chaos propel the action forward When the six students realize trouble is headed their way, they band together The spell traps they create to protect one of their members are priceless fun Corkoran s focus on the moon shoot is especially entertaining from a real world point of view.I actually read this long before Dark Lord of Derkholm, so although it says sequel, don t be put off Most of the main characters from Dark Lord are only peripheral, and the preceding events are only responsible for the ruins of the college, not really what is happening to it now The prior parallel worlds do help explain away some of the similarities and the stereotypes, quite clever on the part of Jones However, the tone and conflicts of the two books are different enough that I wouldn t call them a duology at all Consider the second an insightful whatever happened to installment.Though the characters are young adult and the resolutions of issues neat, it is not a simple book by any means in concepts or language Overall, it is very light in tone, the perfect kind of read when one needs a happy ending.Highly recommended.Re read and updated 8 14 I really liked the narrator of Dark Lord of Derkholm, and I was a little sad that he didn t do this one, but since the narrator is the splendidly lovely Gemma Dawson, I wasn t too sad.I think I ve read this one other time, and that when it was published Sonearly twenty years ago, and yet I remembered quite a lot of the story I did not remember the beautiful but dim Melissa are there any Melissas in books that are admirable There s one in Anne Tyler s The Clock Winder and she s appalling I really liked the narrator of Dark Lord of Derkholm, and I was a little sad that he didn t do this one, but since the narrator is the splendidly lovely Gemma Dawson, I wasn t too sad.I think I ve read this one other time, and that when it was published Sonearly twenty years ago, and yet I remembered quite a lot of the story I did not remember the beautiful but dim Melissa are there any Melissas in books that are admirable There s one in Anne Tyler s The Clock Winder and she s appalling Anyway, it was disconcerting every time DWJ s Melissa did something dim witted.This book is yet another example of DWJ refusing to accept genre limitations Technically I suppose it s YA, but the kids are all at least 18 and in college So either it s defying convention, or the definition of YA should be reevaluated, or both, or neitherI don t know It is, however, something I feel confident recommending to adult readers who aren t blinkered by notions of their own dignity I remember the Look I received from a sister in law when I handed her Howl s Moving Castle with the hideous cartoony cover, like she d asked to pet a cat and I d handed her a scabby mouse or something Times have changed, and YA is acceptable to many adult readers, but we still have progress to make I enjoyed the friendships that sprang up within the little group of misfit students It reminded me of my own university days, though my friends and I didn t share enough classes to have that unified feeling of despair or anger over a particular professor I also liked the return of characters from Dark Lord of Derkholm and getting to see them all grown up, especially Kit and Blade And the secondary characters are a delight My favorites are the tiny assassins and the mouse pirates and their continual appearances as forces of destruction.One thing I did not like was the explosion of romances in the final chapter I love romance in stories But what I love about it is seeing it grow In the final chapter there are at least five romances, and most of them are the spontaneous I m in love even though I barely know you type I can buy view spoiler Titus and what s her name, Luken s sister, because she s had everyone falling in love with her and it makes an odd sort of sense for her to fall in love, finally, the same way hide spoiler but even that wasn t very satisfying So the ending fell flat for me But overall I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the audio presentation was excellent.A long time ago, I was reading all of DWJ s books in published order This made me think it might be fun to pick up that challenge again I really love this book It s funny, sweet, and really ties up the story well Maybe Jones did a little bit too much pairing off, but it s so cute that I don t mind I also love the moon shotthan I can say, as well as the anti assassin spells, food spells, and pretty much every other episode in the story.