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A children's book for grown-ups,
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This review is from: Deep Secret (Magids) (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book tremendously. It is marketed as a book aimed at adults, and it does make reference to adult themes such as sex, but essentially it is the usual Diana Wynne Jones stuff - lots of humour, lively characterisation, an original and highly imaginative plot, and an indefinable creation of atmosphere that is unique to her writing.
The story is told from two viewpoints, one being a magid who is a rather endearingly pompous young man with a brave heart, a conscientious sense of duty and powerful magical gifts. The other is a slightly eccentric but also endearing young woman. Her younger brother, Nick, also features strongly (and is a central character in the sequel).
This story combines witty and warm-hearted satire at the expense of sci-fi/fantasy geeks, the publishing world, and writers' conventions, with a genuine sense of danger as this world collides with dark magic and truly nasty villains, plus an engaging love story woven through it. It has centaurs, parallel universes, geas, charismatic king-types, disembodied mentors, neurotics, Scarlatti, and women who have terrible taste in sweaters - what's not to like?