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The Merlin Conspiracy (Magids) [Paperback]

Diana Wynne Jones
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25 April 2013 Magids

A bestselling fantasy adventure about two teens from two very different worlds, who must work together to save the universe. The companion novel to the bestselling Deep Secret.

Arianrhod Hyde's world (or Roddy, as she prefers to be called) is very much the world of magic, pageantry and ritual. Presiding over all, the most important person is the Merlin, who is entrusted with the magical health of the Isles of Blest.

Nick Mallory's world is much more familiar – at least, it starts off being our own. But Nick's not the ordinary 15 year old he seems, as he slips sideways into something he thinks is a dream – but in fact is another world entirely. Now, Nick's been on other worlds before (although never alone) but he's a confident type. Maybe a bit too confident…

In Roddy's world, the current Merlin expires and a new one takes his place. Yet something is wrong – the rituals have been upset and nothing is going the way it should. Roddy needs help, and Nick might be the one to do it – even if he can’t use magic…

Their stories unfold, side-by-side, and the Merlin Conspiracy thickens – two stories combining until the mystery is finally revealed.

Compelling, howlingly funny in places, mind-boggling – this story will wow Diana Wynne Jones fans all around the world (and probably in other universes too).


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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007507763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007507764
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Wynne Jones is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and in 2007 received a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the World Fantasy Convention. She has also won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (twice) and the Guardian Award for CHARMED LIFE. Her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and her novel HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Early English literature.

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“The characterisation is first rate, the ideas are fabulous … This is fantasy at its most inventive – canny, funny and far-reaching.” The Telegraph

“A curiosity shop of a book … a pleasure to lose yourself in.” The Sunday Times

“The Merlin Conspiracy is Wynne Jones on top form … [her] powerful narrative and her ability to create extraordinary charachers with real emotions make her more than a worthy rival to J K Rowling.” Financial Times

“A must for all Wynne Jones fans, past, present and future.” Limited Edition

“…Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears…”
Publishers Weekly

“Diana Wynne Jones ought to be crowned with coloured garlands because she is the best writer of magical fantasy for children in this country ” Evening Standard

“Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two … [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed.” SFX

About the Author

Diana Wynne Jones (1934–2011) spent her childhood in Essex and began writing fantasy novels for children in the 1970s. With her unique combination of magic, humour and imagination, she enthralled generations of children and adults with her work. She won the Guardian Award in 1977 with Charmed Life, was runner-up for the Children's Book Award in 1981 and was twice runner-up for the Carnegie Medal.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Grows Up 4 July 2013
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This is the second in the 'Magids' novels, focusing on Nick, who was an important character in the previous book but not the central character. If you've read the first book and are expecting to meet the two central characters from that story again, forget it - this time, we are firmly moving on, in that bracing way Diana Wynne Jones has.

Like the previous book, this story is told from two different viewpoints: in one, Nick (who is actually from the Koryfonic Empire but lives in our world) finds himself sucked into the political problems of another world, Blest. The other narrator, Arianrhod, is from Blest and is the granddaughter of a magid (not to mention her other granddad, who is rather more scary) who lives in Blest but is also a successful writer of fantasy novels on earth. This is essentially how their two narratives come together.

For a while, their two stories seem to be quite separate, and actually I found this a little irritating. I enjoyed the bits with Nick more than the bits with 'Roddy', though the Roddy and Gundo story became increasingly interesting as the story progressed. Nick's path crosses with the mysterious Romanov, an independent and highly powerful magic-user, which forms a central element in the complex plot. And, believe me, I found this plot VERY complex (but that might just be me!).

The previous Magid story was aimed at adults and I enjoyed it very much as a kind of children's story for grown-ups - this one felt more like a tale aimed at teenagers, but it was still very gripping, particularly as it got going. There were the usual moments of Diana Wynne Jones humour, and the characters learned about themselves and each other in a non-didactic and plausible way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious and fantastic 5 Oct 2013
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Another Diana Wynne-Jones 'masterpiece'. I loved reading this book to my children when they were younger (8 and 10) but just downloaded it to Kindle and enjoyed it all over again - on my own. Diana's books are for everyone - not just for children. She is my favourite author of all time.
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