Year of the Griffin Hardcover – 1 Aug 2000
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"I found "Year of the Griffin" filled with splendors and delights, sparkling plays of wit, and high flights of fancy -- in short, Diana Wynne Jones at her best."-- Lloyd Alexander"Diana Wynne Jones chooses the most outlandish subjects and treats them with such aplomb that the reader never blinks. She always gives you characters you believe in from top to bottom and a world whose details you recognize inside and out. Her prose is transparent without ever being ordinary. Her humor is deft. All the worlds that Jones creates have her trademark integrity."-- Megan Whalen Turner"I "love" Diana Wynne Jones. Read this book. Read all the other ones, too."-- Robin McKinley"Readers who want more substance in character and plot of fantasy novels are advised to turn to the underrated novelist Diana Wynne Jones."-- Andrew Ogus, Letter to the Editor, "New York Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Diana Wynne Jones does for universities what J K Rowling does for boarding schools --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The family is all grown up and off on adventures, leaving Elda to fend for herself at University (easy to do when you're a cross between an eagle, a lion, a cat, and 2 powerful wizards with your own brand of magic thrown in to offset any problems!). Here she finds that everyone has their own unique problem, and groups up with a team of fellow oddbods in a bid to understand the incompetent and seriously outclassed teachers. The teachers, of course, are quite happy with the way things are run and don't want smart students asking difficult questions, especially not when you're a bar stool!
The story is a non-stop rollercoaster of good fun, with the usual mayhem and unexpected twists to keep you begging for more. I was disappointed at the end, because it didn't leave an obvious opening for another follow-on! Or did it!
It is within a set of books, I don't know how many. Though I have not read any of the ones relating to this book it was not a hindrance to my following the plot.
I would recommend this book to any child or adult who has enjoyed fantasy books, perhaps having read the 'Harry Potter' books and enjoyed them. Again it is set in a school style environment but it is a far more sophisticated plot line and far more imaginative. If you are interested in that kind of amazing story with fantastical creatures, still written in an way that is easy to read, you would most likely really enjoy this book, as well as many of Diana Wynne Jones' other books.
It is also worth mentioning that this is the second book in the 'Wizard Derk' series, and although it can (just about) be read independantly, it makes far more sense if you precede it with 'The Dark Lord of Derkholm.'
Plot? What plot? "Year of the Griffin" is pure fun, with no pretensions to any kind of world-shaking storyline. It's about friendship, family, and, of course, university. It's about new life and fresh ideas and crawling out from under the debris of the past. It's about jinxes and angry parents, greedy senators and griffins (obviously). But most of all, as always with Jones, it's about magic. And once again, one of the best things about her book is way you can almost feel her joy in writing jumping off the pages. It shines through every single sentence, and it's extremly contagious.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic book following on from 'The Dark Lord Of Derkholm' - a fantastic sequel following the adevntures of Querida, Elda and the other various griffins and of course,... Read morePublished on 4 July 2005 by Amazon Customer
One of her best....the setting a Wizards Uni... follow her motley crew of students as they face pirates, mini assassins
and an enchanted coat stand .....
This book is light-hearted and beautifully written, with the subtle and witty characterisation you would expect from the author. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2002
This book had an excellent general drift however the ending was not properly rounded off. The ending seemed to happen all the way through the story and did not give you a good... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2002
I enjoyed this book because I enjoyed Dark Lord of Derkholm, but it's nowhere near DWJ's best. It does have its moments, and there are some funny bits, so it's worth a read. Read morePublished on 10 April 2001
I have just finished this book and I really enjoyed it. I thought she finished off the book very well leaving it open for a follow up if she wants to write one. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2001
I was hurt and puzzled when I read this book. I could put up with the slightly-less-than-sparkling Deep Secret. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2000
I love Jones' work. She is the pre-eminent modern fantasist for every age group. I wouldn't have thought she was capable of a duff book, but this is a real disappointment. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2000 by Farah Mendlesohn