The Merlin Conspiracy Trick Or Treason? Unknown Binding – 2003
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The only problem is it seems to take forever just to build up the story. Don't get me wrong, I've no problem with big build ups, they usually lead to big climaxes.
However, the climax to this story while exciting seems rushed. It seems to me The Merlin Conspiracy could do with being a series of books, and the end is left fully open to a sequel, it just seems that the real story doesn't start quick enough to enthrall a less than dedicated reader.
In a time where big action is the big thing this wonderful fantasy might be lost to most readers who prefer the short more action filled journeys. It should not be overlooked however as the characters excel at being intresting, from the complexities of the main characters Roddy and Nick, to the sublimely awful Izzies.
A compelling read that, while it could be longer, is still a fantastic and classic story.
The enjoyable parts are that the multi-world universe, the magical and mythological descriptions are beautifully-written. The plot itself; the balance of entire worlds being threatened by a conspiracy in the Isle of Blest is an interesting idea. The world building is so believable that you feel you could almost get there by turning the next page. I loved the descriptions of the magical folk, the great powers and the personification of entire cities in Blest. The details of weather, houses, animals and landscape are also wonderfully atmospheric.
With the vast imagination on display it really is a bit of a shame that I couldn't like all of it.
The biggest problem is really to do with the characters. *The next part of the review does include a spoiler*.
Nick Mallory is certainly the best of the bunch, he is written as a conscientious boy with a thoughtful and practical mind. Even he gets a little tedious with his unrequited crush on Roddy though. As a lead character Roddy (Arianrhod) Hyde is a disappointment. She comes across as snobbish and patronising much of the time and then given to bursting into tears when she is under pressure. One particular scene that almost made me give up reading is the discovery that Roddy has been manipulated by a friend. There are several problems with this; her reaction is to run off, have a good cry on Nick's shoulder and feel bad about herself. Given Roddy's temperamental nature it would have been a redeeming moment to give the friend a hard thwack with some of her vast array of spells but, alas no, it doesn't happen.Read more ›
Meanwhile Nick, the other narrator, already a refugee from one world, gets drawn through a few other worlds looking for Romanov, a man who might just have the power to solve the mystery of who is trying to kill whom and why. He promises to help Roddy as part of a journey quest, befriending an elephant on the way, and encountering a malevolent goat named Helga.
The plot's intricate but all comes together in a satisfying ending as Roddy works out just what "raising the land" involves - dragons, Stonehenge, and all her extended and rather mad family...
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This is a story of more than one world in which Blair like politics and magic combines. It is also a love story!! Read morePublished on 17 April 2014 by Kathryn Buckley
Author has written books for different ages. This is probably for the older young person although I thought it good even at my advanced age. Read morePublished on 2 July 2013 by Kindle Customer
I first read this book when I was 11 or 12,I am now 18 and have read it many times. It is an amazing book with a vast amount of depth and both cleverly and beautifully written. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2012 by Thator
This book is an indirect sequel to Deep Secrets, though this fact isn't very well publicised. I ended up reading this first, but since this is technically a stand-alone book, I had... Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2012 by Lindsey
I'm a big fan of Diana Wynne Jones, so I'm maybe being a little tough on this review because I have high expectations. Read morePublished on 5 April 2012 by rose_ginger
This is a really great book that is told from 2 different perspectives, Nick lives in a world like ours but knows that magic exists and works but is hidden, Roddy lives in a... Read morePublished on 29 July 2007 by J. Tippet
i liked nick mallory's character when i read 'deep secret' a couple of years ago, a book i still love, so it was a wonderful surprise to find him as one of the main... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2005