Do I need to say anything to introduce Diana Wynne Jones anymore? I’ve reviewed a good deal of her books prior to this, store including (but not limited to) The Pinhoe Egg, page Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in the Air, cost The Dark Lord of Derkholm, and its sequel, The Year of the Griffin. She’s British; I think her son even publishes books occasionally. She’s been publishing children’s fantasy since J. K. Rowling was in grammar school, and her stories typically include wizards, witches, humor, and traveling between alternate universes.
This novel is not exempt. There are two main characters, Nick and Roddy (Nichothodes and Arianrhod). Nick lives in something not entirely unlike our world, with his (adopted) father who writes mystery novels. Roddy lives in an alternate land where England is called Blest, and the king must constantly keep moving around the country to keep the magic strong. Roddy’s parents both work for the king, so she is part of the Royal Progress. Her best friend, Grundo, and she are sort of outcasts. In any case, Roddy and Grundo overhear something they should not, and realize that there is a conspiracy going on, at around the same time that Nick gets horribly lost, by accident, between worlds. Can they help each other and fix what’s going on? Continue reading The Merlin Conspiracy, by Diana Wynne Jones