Deep Secret School & Library Binding – 1 May 2000
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“…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…”
“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--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
When the fatelines of several worlds become entangled, chaos ensues and Something Must be Done: a hilarious fantasy from a 'British National Treasure' (Locus) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
1. Too many sub-plots and characters introduced within a short period of time. It was total chaos.
2. Random events inserted in, in a desperate attempt to be funny, but only deviated from the plot causing confusion.
3.Rupert's sudden realisation over his reaction/ feelings concerning Maree Mallory wasn't convincing and a rather haphazard job.
4. The story-line was good, but I didn't really feel the magician the same way you do in Fire and Hemlock, where the magic is introduced in a subtle manner. Here everything is thrown at you, until everything just felt "meh"
5. DWJ tries too hard to make this book "adult" and "sophisticated" by having characters with "sophisticated" love life's, until it was more Bridget Jones than her usual fantasy fare.
Overall, NOT a bad book and I think if I persevered I might have enjoyed it but I lost interest.
The key characters are delightfully engaging and you will find yourself wanting to know more of their escapades. The good news is that a second book (not strictly a follow-on, but set in the same worlds) called "The Merlin Conspiracy" is also available.
The only criticism is that the ending feels a little drawn out and seems to ramble. However, this would only knock off half a star rating at most, and the rest of the book is well worth the reading. Although aimed at 'adults', there is nothing in this book unsuitable for children, and it will also be enjoyed by younger readers with a good grasp of the genre or familiar with her other fantasy books.
Recommended to many friends, all of whom loved it. One of my personal favourites!
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the most mature and lengthy novels written by Diana Wynne Jones - who ranks among my top 10 favourite authors. Read morePublished 11 months ago by BookWorm
brilliant book... I've read it a hundred times! just bought it so it was on my kindle AS WELL as having a paper copy...Published 21 months ago by Kate
My absolute favorite of her many wonderful books (and I read this one AFTER Hexwood and Howl's Moving Castle), Deep Secret is one of my great comfort books. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sabrina
Maybe not one of her very best but I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of the magid books.Published on 20 May 2014 by Suchea
Extremely well written, as you would expect from a DWJ novel. If you like her other books aimed at a young adult audience such as Fire and Hemlock and Hexwood you are sure to like... Read morePublished on 11 April 2014 by John M Gorman
Yet another fantastic book by Diana Wynne Jones . What l enjoy about her writings is the magical blend of science fiction fantasy and the whiff of a detective novel as you... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2014 by Kathryn Buckley