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Another classic by Diana Wynne Jones
on 29 September 2001
I had initially held off reading this book as I had not liked the first book 'The Dark Lord of Derkholm'. However this was much better(though not typical) Wynne Jones fare. It was reminiscent in style of Terry Pratchett, though maybe this was due to the fact it was based in a university for wizards and a lot of magical shenanigans went on. It picked up where the first book left off, though it focuses on the griffin Elda and the friends she makes at the university. The plot concerns how they shake the university out of its staid ways caused by the aftermath of the Mr Chesney tours, with only bit parts for the main protagonists of the original. It is quite similar to Hexwood in style but if you are wanting another 'Sudden Wild Magic' or a more adult Chrestomanci book this isn't it. It is, however, very good.