READ & DOWNLOAD ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB µ Diana Wynne JonesOus foreign mother make them a target of fear and superstitionThey escape their threatening neighbors bringing only their household gods with them in a boat down the river but these gods turn out to be than the reader might have assumed as they embark on a journey of danger and magic which will lead them not only to the center of the conflict between two tribes but to the greater threat posed to all by an evil soul catching sorcererThe narrator is a young woman who tells the story through her complicated weaving setting her tale down
in a textile coat To her people these spellcoats have both traditional anda textile coat To her people these spellcoats have both traditional and powers and the record of her story will become essential to her storyThe Crown of DalemarkIn this last book many of the elements of The Spellcoats become clear as it is shown that many of the characters and gods mentioned in that story have become part of Dalemark s mythology and legends it explains why it was decided to print it there out of chronological orderHere Maewen a young girl from modern Dalemark is convincedtricked to go 200 years back in time and impersonate a young woman who has disappeared but who was convinced that gods spoke to her and that she was destined to be een of all Dalemark reuniting the conflict riven North and South Maewen has doubts about this as she meets characters that she was familiar with from paintings that she saw displayed of famous people from Dalemark s history but she has never heard anything about this supposedly important young een Still she feels she has very little choice but to go along with it and as time goes on she finds herself becoming emotionally involved in the situation she finds herself in one that for the reader is yet entertaining because it involves characters we ve met before the other novels collected hereAll four of these books are good and although they not precisely part of a series they go well togetherI think the appeal of Wynne Jones books is that she believes strongly in good and this comes through in all of her stories But at the same time she has neither a simplistic view of the world or the na ve expectation that everything will go as it should or that authority can be trusted The four books leap and buck in nexpected ways twisting when you think they might turn and turning when you think they might twist Drowned Ammett took me longer to get through than the others the world building sometimes makes me feel like I m slow to catch on but the story was engaging although it took a long time to get to Mitt s initial goal once past that the pace picks The Mistress of Pemberley: An Erotic Pride Prejudice Sequel (Secrets of Pemberley Book 1) up With the pull between good and evil and north and south common people and those in power and with the fine line between gods and regular humans there s much to consider here I d initially picked thisp for my third grade daughter who liked Earwig and the Witch although it was easy Reading But I Think It Might Be but I think it might be to wait a couple of years there is a little bit of swearing in the final book I think and the mature themes with destruction and murder although not horribly graphic make it a better choice for an older audience The first book though SPOILER ALERT might do but there is the death of the father and the separation of the father and mother which could be distressing to younger audiences as well At first I was a little confused the only thing the first three books had in common was the country Dalemark and the Undying gods with powers and maybe immortal humans But the fourth gathers all the threads and makes a satisfying whole Though I think there could have been a few chapters at the end Overall One Eye Closed (The Pack, uite an enjoyable read for adults and young people I enjoyed re reading the series Mitt s story is my fav I LOVE this series It is really creative and tiesp pretty well at the end I wish that there had been some time spent on some of the characters but I really liked the ending and thought it wrapped Malones Vow up pretty well This is an engaging series and each book is connected and wrapsp in the final book which was my favorite because I got to see all the characters again 35 starsAs a child I was a huge fan of Diana Wynne Jones and I remember many of her books fondly I d never read these four before and though I enjoyed them they re not her very best Cart and Cwidder is cute but the protagonist feels particularly young I enjoyed Drowned Ammet though the. The Undying the mysterious gods of Dalemark four extraordinary young peoplefrom the past present and futurewill This book this book which is technically four books in one is my favorite book When I say my favorite book I mean this set of four books right here have been my favorite singular piece of writing since my mom first bought it for me from a library book sale when I was in sixth grade almost nine "years ago now I consider this book to be Diana Wynne Jones "ago now I consider this book to be Diana Wynne Jones greatest masterpiece Originally this being one of the first books I had ever read by her and therefore not prepared I was extremely Roughing it with Ryan upset when I would go from the end of one book to the beginning of the next and find that the stories and characters had changed completely I was so frustrated by that that I would endp itting it for weeks at a time ntil my anger died down this was my first read through in sixth gradeLet me tell you i loved this whole series each book was so novel and creative i was completely absorbed and the last book brought it all together so well i am only sad about the choices Hildi made as she had such promise i guess that is the genius of DWJ that she can create such a life lesson for young minds Cart CwidderOriginally published in she can create such a life lesson for young minds Cart CwidderOriginally published in I really wish I had read this short novel as a kid I still enjoyed reading it now but I think it would have been one of my favorite books if I had read it at a younger ageAlthough a YA novel with a fun and fast moving adventurous tone this book doesn t shy away from heavier emotional issues and political situationsThe feudal land of Dalemark is divided and the South is extremely politically repressive But people depend on traveling minstrels for not only entertainment but news and mail delivery so entertainers have a free rein than most Moril has spent his whole life traveling and performing with his family from a horse drawn cart singing and playing the cwidder across the landBut when his father is murdered by a group of richly dressed men his mother immediately chooses to return to the stable well to do suitor that she left for a musician years before Moril and his brother and sister driven both by suspicions that their mother s new beau had something to do with the murder and a lack of enthusiasm for a bourgeois lifestyle take the cart and strike out on their own agreeing to take the young man who had been their family s passenger to his destination in the NorthMore trouble awaits than they had bargained on however as secrets regarding an Transcending Taboos underground political movement are revealed and the children realize that their life was not all the happy go lucky glamour that it seemed Soon they re well in over their heads which makes it convenient that Moril s inherited cwidder reputed to have belonged to the legendary bard Osfameron may have than simply musical powersDrowned AmmetTakes place at the same time as the previous novel but with different charactersIn South Dalemark after their landlord conspires to throw his family off their farm a boy named Mitt must struggle to fit into town life as his mother works hard butses her money spendthrift ly and his father gets involved in an illegal revolutionary movementWhen the political group is betrayed Mitt with the encouragement of his mother devotes himself to becoming a double agent involved with his father s group but secretly bent on betraying those inside the group that he believes sold out his father His allegiances are difficult as one of those men treats him like a son and in addition his stepfather seems to offer him a respectable straight and narrow path But Mitt is obsessed with his plan to blow Black Bottom Stomp up the Earl during the festival of Ammet and to blame his radical compatriots for the crimeBut nothing turns outite the way he planned and Mitt finds himself on a sea voyage with two rich kids and with the involvement of two paganfolk type supernatural figures Ammett himself and the fertility goddess Libby Beer Mitt will have to grow face some truths and make some hard decisions about his pathThe SpellcoatsAt first this story seems to have little relationship to the two before it It s not till the very end that it s revealed that it takes place in Dalemark but during near prehistoric times The society portrayed is very primitive perhaps analogous to Bronze Age tribes in Britain When most of the men of a village go off to fight a war against some blond invaders the pale fair looks passed down to one family s children by their mysteri. For centuries Dalemark has been a land divided by the feuding earldoms of the North and South Now with the help of. Sections on the boat dragged a little bit The Spellcoats has a different feel it s set in the ancient Dalemark and feels epic the characters less similar to children of today Then the stories come together in a satisfying finish in the final book The Crown of Dalemark Dalemark s geography and mythology are a bit hard to track at first but the world building is impressive and complete a trademark of Jones s I would recommend these books to middle grade fantasy fans though I might choose different novels as a gateway into her work The four books included
In This Omnibus Arethis omnibus are below I ve read this before but it has been Geographies, Mobilities, and Rhythms over the Life-Course uite a while and as I recall it s not a real fast read maybe because the book is heavy Cart and CwidderClennen the singer his wife and 4 children are traveling through Dalemark They pickp Kialan as a passenger but he acts very strange Clennen s son Moril inherits his cwidder a musical instrument that has strange powers which Moril must learn to Tempting Kate (Regency Quartet, use to save KialanDrowned AmmetMitt is a young boy in the slums of Holand who dreams of being a revolutionary and putting down the oppressive rule of the earls in the south of Dalemark When his part of anprising goes wrong he must flee and he ends p on a boat owned by two children of one of the hated earls Hildy and Ynen the children of Navis They go to the Holy Islands with the help of Old Ammet and Libby Beer avatars of the Undying The story ends when the three children and Navis are helped by the islanders to get away and sail to the northThe SpellcoatsI realized too late that this one should be read first it deals with happenings in prehistoric Dalemark well before the times of the previous two books The five children of Closti the "CLAM LIVE NEAR THE RIVER THE STORY IS TOLD "live near the River The story is told the fourth youngest Tanaui who is weaving their story into rugcoats Their father and eldest brother Gull have to go away to fight the Heathens leaving the children behind The people of the village hate them except for their ncle Kestrel because they are blond haired instead of brown and look like the people the villagers call the Heathens Their father does not return but Gull returns a shattered man When the river rises The New Goddess unexpectedly and floods them out they load everything into a boat and go off down the river to escape the villagers taking the statues of their Undying gods with them the One the Lady and the Young One When they reach the sea they meet the evil Kankredin a sorcerer and get involved in a war against him The River and their gods help them but the book ends just before the final battle with Tanaui struggling to finish her final weavingThe Crown of DalemarkThe first section of the book begins somewhere after Drowned Ammet left off with Mitt now in the service of Countess of Aberath He is told that ynen will be killednless mitt agrees Ynen will be killed Firedance (Aubrey Knight, unless Mitt agrees kill a girl called Noreth who is looking for the crown of Dalemark tonite the north and south Then the second book switches to modern times 200 years later and a girl called Maewen who is traveling by train to Kernsberg to visit her father who is the curator at the Tannoreth Palace The palace contains a lot of portraits and artifacts from olden days When Wend her father s secretary hands Maewen a golden statue of the One she is suddenly sent back in time to take Noreth s place Wend is with her and Mitt and Navis are there as is Moril the singer from Cart and Cwidder She is supposed to find the ring the cup and the sword of the true king which will lead to an The Buzzards That Circle the Throne (The Peacock King, uprising that eventually willnite the north and south But the remnants of the evil mage Kankredin are reassembling themselves and he is doing his best to steer Maewen into the wrong paths The rest of the story tells what she overcomes to find the three artifacts and eventually get back to her own time I felt this was the most exciting book of the four but it ends with Maewen determined to find the witch Cennoreth and find Mitt again So it was a rather The Monster in My Closet unsatisfying ending I felt as if there should be a fifth book to wrap everythingp This is a book that I have had in my library for years and when I want to see old friends again I reread which I just did Each of the first 3 books stands alone in creating an interesting world and adventure that is fun to read The 4th book brings the first 3 together and answers The Sea Lion Festival uestions that were leftnanswere. Elp shape the destiny of their land Includes Cart and Cwidder Drowned Ammet The Spellcoats and The Crown of Dalema. .
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