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The Merlin Conspiracy (2003)

por Diana Wynne Jones

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Séries: Magid (2)

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Roddy and Nick, two teenagers with magical powers they are just learning to use, find that they must work together to save Roddy's home world of Blest from destruction by power-hungry wizards.
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    Deep Secret por Diana Wynne Jones (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Shares some of the same characters.
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    The Shadow Speaker por Nnedi Okorafor (bunnygirl)
    bunnygirl: for those interested in another application of the "many worlds" conceit
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The second part of the duology only carried over one character, but had the same frenetic magical universe hopping energy and human eccentricities. I was sad to leave. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
DWJ Book Toast, #15

Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death. I can't say I'm overcome with emotion - as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all - but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them.

And that's...what I'm going to do. She's left behind a huge body of work, a large amount of which I haven't read yet, so I'm going to reread all my old favorites (and hopefully some new).

The sequel to 'Deep Secret', 'The Merlin Conspiracy' is narratively split between 'Secret's Nick, and Roddy, a girl from the world known as Blest. The Isles of Blest, essentially Great Britain and Ireland, are the magical hub of hundreds of worlds in the Magid multiverse. The common tradition of magic on Blest has continued for thousands of years, all of it being tightly interlaced and building off of each other, it's a delicate balance that must be maintained.

Roddy and her friend Grundo are both children who travel with their families in the King's Progress. In their England (Wales, Scotland and Ireland remain independent), magic is guided by the Merlin and the Lady of Governance with a tradition of the King and Court moving constantly across the country as additional protection. Soon after the old Merlin dies unexpectedly Roddy and Grundy overhear conspirators planning on gaining control of the magic of Blest. The only problem is, part of the spell is that nobody will believe it. In desperation Roddy calls up Nick, hoping for a powerful magic-user to help stop Blest's magic from being overturned. Unfortunately Nick has a great deal of talent, but no training to speak of yet.

This was a fun read and a great improvement, structurally, on 'Deep Secret', which had been hampered by being a single-perspective report. Blest is an interesting world, if a bit anglo-centric even for Jones, and she really knows how to write about magic. Some of the peripheral characters I could have done without, the Izzys - seriously?, and Nick was one of the last characters I would have wanted more of from 'Deep Secret', but Jones' writing is a pleasure, especially in cases like this where she rambles and spreads out (almost 500 pages of Jones, yes!). She avoids her usual sequel pitfalls and delivers a satisfying YA novel.

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Previous: 'Deep Secret' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
I would have never guessed that this was the (loosely linked) "sequel" to, or in any way connected with, "Deep Secret". But that would be because Merlin Conspiracy is not memorable enough to make connections likely to occur, and also because Deep Secret is a few years past being a YA book, more A than Y so to speak, and this one is definitely on the Y end of the spectrum. For me, Deep Secret was memorable enough to warrant seeking out and buying a copy of my own, several years after I first read a borrowed copy, but Merlin Conspiracy (although I very much enjoyed reading it) doesn't earn a permanent place on my extremely overcrowded shelves. ( )
  muumi | Jan 28, 2019 |
Alternating narratives from viewpoints of the girl and the boy, in different universes and time-lines.
The characters and basic story-line are okay, but the flips between worlds and times is unnecessarily confusing.
The events have an "Alice in Wonderland" episodic quality inside a hazy story-arc, which is eventually, sort of, clarified.
It helps to have some knowledge of Celtic myths.
Also, what is it with these supposed "leaders" who don't want to train their juniors (cf. Yoda v. Anakin); it shows up in lots of books and is total baloney.
Jones follows a common route of using Christianity as window-dressing and props, without ever coming to grips with the substance of prayer or priests. ( )
1 vote librisissimo | Aug 19, 2017 |
I enjoyed reading this book, but I feel that the ending is weak in comparison to some of DWJ's other stories. ( )
  AJBraithwaite | Aug 14, 2017 |
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Diana Wynne Jonesautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculated
Fox, EmiliaNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Tennant, DavidNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Viitanen, Anna-MaijaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Wyatt, DavidIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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