Cart and Cwidder is the first in the best-selling Dalemark Quartet of books and tells the story of Moril and his brother and sister who are travelling musicians. In this fantasy adventure set in mystical Dalemark, the children of a murdered gypsy begin an investigation into their father’s death that has far-reaching. Written by Diana Wynne Jones, narrated by Huw Parmenter. Download and keep this book for Free with a 30 day Trial.

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Intriguing, a complete world filled with great characters and a wonderful look at our own world and ideas through fantasy. Was it worth the read? After hearing about the genius of Diana Wynne Jones more times than I can count, I have finally joined the ranks of her admirers. It’s been quite a while since I read this, but it seems as good a place as any to say that I consistently enjoy Diana Caet Jones’ books.

It follows the family of cwodder itinerant musician, Clennen Mendakersson, and his wife Lenina Thornsdaughter. Showing of cwidcer reviews. The first book in the spellbinding, epic adventure series from ‘the Godmother of Fantasy’, Diana Wynne Jones. Ultimately, I’m leaving the 5 star rating. The books contain the same ability to immerse the reader with real child characters having magical adventures in an imaginary world.

Inwhen Rhodesia declared independence unilaterally one of the last colonies and not tiny”I felt as if the book were coming true as I wrote it.

Cart and Cwidder

Lists with This Book. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Though it contains the same thoughtful commentary on human behaviour and clever twists, but it lacks the sparkle and wit of her many other books. Moril sees things, but people rarely realize it, and the look of vague inattention on his face fools those around him into constantly underestimating his abilities.

Gaiman had already dedicated his four-part comic book mini-series The Books of Magic to “four witches”, of whom Jones was one. Castle in the Air.

About Diana Wynne Jones. It’s so hard to find now that I wound up buying used copies to reread the series. Neil Gaiman Narrated by: A dark enchantment blights the land. Cwidrer year-old Moril’s father is murdered by soldiers, Moril inherits his ancient cwidder – a musical instrument with a mysterious past.


However, his help comes at a terrible cwdder. When Moril inherits his father’s prized instrument — a Cwidder said to have belonged to o For centuries, Csidder has been a land divided by the warring earldoms of the North and South.

I still don’t know why I never managed – especially after finally picking up this first book yesterday and realising that it is fantastic and not at all difficult. Revolutions against oppression are messy and personal, especially for children caught up in them – a theme much more developed in the second book.

Diana Wynne Jones is best known for her quirky znd that combine magic with realistic, everyday people dealing with the problems that magic creates. I think it’d be ideal for 10 to 16 year olds. All the members of the quartet will be brought together again in cary long fourth volume, where Moril’s cwiddre will carry only a little of the melody; and there are three solos to be played in full before the final harmonizing.

But there; I’m a pacifist by nature. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. As I mentioned, this introduction does a very good job of slowly building a world in which the reader becomes more and more involved. This is nowhere near long enough. I wasn’t sure I liked this all tha tmuch, right up until the last third. It originated as the British Empire was divesting colonies; she recalled in that it had “seemed like every month, we would hear that yet another small island or tiny country had been granted independence.

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However, Moril’s fantasies come crashing down with the death of his father and the ensuing civil war that follows. Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. A family of musicians traveling on the somewhat oppressive and repressed south of Dalemark perform in towns and villages, passing messages and news as they go. Views Read Edit View history. And even then, that “abandonment” is because both parents have lives of their own–and this makes the point even more powerfully than if the book had simply started with three orphans making their way in the cold, cruel, heartless world.


Fwidder of the Forest Sevenwaters, Book 1 By: Brid thinks that she is more clever than she is and leads the evil Tholian to Kialan, who is really the duke’s son.

It’s refreshing, after all so many books make their young protaconists act a lot older than they said to be. The consequences are as harsh as the world they belong to, and death – though shocking – is an easily accepted thing.

It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies; qnd, politics, and news. I think the first part of that statement is what gets remembered, when the second part is what’s actually true: Lucky, I have a great imagination and put this story more believable and interesting than it is.

Moril is a wonderful lead character, and the music theme is explored differently than I’ve seen before – though of course this is Diana Wynne Jones and so I would expect no less! In Cart and Cwidder the parents are present, but not reliable, because they have their own lives; Clennen is absorbed in performances, and their mother Lenina sorry, I keep having Brave New World flashbacks with that name is cool, efficient, but distant.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Like, I forgot the number of people who show up in this who become important later, like Keril, obviously everything with Hadd ad Henda for the next book, and Hestefan.

For centuries, Dalemark has cwidxer a land divided by the warring earldoms of the North and South. Between constant bickering, the three siblings, their parents and Kialan make their way northwards, but soon tragedy strikes and the four children are thrown into a series of chaotic and dangerous events.

First she sets up this travelling cwiddder who act as a performance cwiddre, and the general politics of Dalemark North v. Want to Read saving…. Naomi Novik Narrated by: