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My review of the series, taken from my blog Dalemark Quartet is comprised of CART AND CWIDDER, DROWNED AMMET, THE SPELLCOATS, and THE CROWN OF DALEMARK.The genius of these books is that the first three are set in the same world and reference the same landscapes and mythology, mostly centering around the god like figures known as the Undying CART AND CWIDDER and DROWNED AMMET are set in the same time but follow two completely different heroes THE SPELLCOATS dips back into Dalemark s prehistory THE CROWN OF DALEMARK brilliantly ties the threads of the previous three stories together, whilst adding the additional element of time travel You guys, it s NUTS Amazingly, marvelously, beautifully NUTS.But I ll try and makesense here.CART AND CWIDDER follows Moril, the youngest son of a family of traveling Singers He inherits his father s cwidder a lute like instrument , which is supposed to have belonged to one of the Undying, a famous ancestor who used the cwidder to move mountains among other things Moril finds himself caught up in the North South conflict that plagues the country of Dalemark Includes siblings music tragedy magic.DROWNED AMMET follows a new character, Mitt, who lives in the South and throws his lot in with a bunch of misguided wannabe revolutionaries who are unhappy under the rule of the admittedly extremely terrible Earl Hadd He winds up in a boat with two grandchildren of that very Earl, and the three have adventures at sea including encounters with two of the mysterious Undying Old Ammet and Libby Beer.THE SPELLCOATS, as previously mentioned, takes us into Dalemark s prehistory, and is told using a super interesting story device the protagonist, Tanaqui, is weaving the story into two rugcoats This book follows a rambunctious and stunningly characterized group of five siblings on their journey down an ancient river It shedslight on the mysterious Undying even explaining a few of their origins and introduces the evil, undead mage Krankredin This is the only book written in first person and it definitely feels very different from the first two.THE CROWN OF DALEMARK is the culmination of the first three books It rejoins Mitt, who eventually meets up with Moril hooray as they journey with a group of people following Noreth, a young lady who claims to be the daughter of the oldest of the Undying, the One, and therefore the rightful heir to the long absent crown Flash forward to two hundred years later, and we re introduced to Maewen, a lovely freckled and thoughtful heroine who gets sent back in time to take Noreth s place on the journey to find the crown There s a twist near the end that for some reason I wasn t expecting but I dearly, dearly loved and found was completely perfect when I thought back on the story The way DWJ ties everything together is brilliant and satisfying It makes you go oh and want to scramble back to the beginning of the series with your pencil so you can underline everything that you didn t know was important This series probably isn t for everyone DWJ definitely doesn t spell everything out for you it gets confusing at times, and you have to sit and ponder for a bit to reconcile all her threads you think at first she s left to dangle As I ve grown used to with her books, her endings are never quite ENOUGH She seems to end two scenes too soon, which make her stories linger on in your mind in a way I don t think they would if she gave her readers just a littleCROWN definitely hadof an ending than the first three, but it still left me desperate for a fifth volume that doesn t exist The world she created in Dalemark is so rich and deep so much only hinted at, so much life teeming under the surface These books are brilliant and thought provoking, tragic and deep and funny too Highly recommended if you don t mind a bit of a think Reread December 2018 I love this book SO VERY MUCH 3Original Review, September 2014Wait What.Excuse me while I go around in a mind blown haze of post Diana Wynne Jones book ness for the next few days You don t know the meaning of mind blown until you ve read this series and finished reading The Crown of Dalemark In fact I need to read them all over again Like now.No one had better expect me to be coherent for some time.I can t word Only slightlycoherent review from my top reads of 2014 blog post This is my favorite book I read in 2014.Ohhhhhh my goodness I CANNOT EVEN WORD WITH THE AMAZINGNESS OF THIS THING S CONCLUSION So it s book 4 in a series, wrapping up The Dalemark Quartet Which means I m sort of including all four books when I say this is the best, because part of the amazing was how the separate storylines of the first three books came together so epically in this one BUT STILL It was just I CAN T, OKAY.When I finished it I was literally incapacitated for several minutes All I could do was some combination of sitting there in awesome book ending shock, and flail around and babble incoherently at my sister who had to put up with me XDBUT BUT FANTASY WORLD, WITH MUSKETS, BUT ALSO QUITE MEDIEVAL, BUT ALSO MODERN ISH BECAUSE TRAINS AND TIME TRAVEL IN A FANTASY WORLD WHY DOES THIS NOT HAPPEN MORE OFTEN IT WAS ALSKDJFLKJDFL POSITIVELY BRILLIANT AND THE CHARACTERS WHO I LOVED WHO WERE AWESOME 33 AND THE HUMOR AND EVERYTHING AND DIANA WYNNE JONES And Just I CAN T EVENNNNNN.THAT ENDING flaiiiil For Centuries, Dalemark Has Been A Land Divided By The Warning Earldoms Of The North And South Now, With The Help Of The Undying, The Mysterious Gods Of Dalemark, Four Extraordinary Young People From The Past, Present, And Future Must Join Forced To Reunify Their Beloved Land THIS SERIES IS A FREAKING MASTERPIECE, TELL YOUR FRIENDS skipping spellcoats and reading this first, cause Beth said so and i need something good right nowread spellcoats first, which was a very good idea and thanks beth and katie really, really liked alot of it, maybe just not the parts when the one got involved, the other undying i really liked, the one was too concrete and all powerful and not human this time all in all though really liked all four books in the series and super happy that i ve read them, super sad that this is the last one. One of the things I like best about Diana Wynne Jones which no one else does, is that she can create these characters who exist in the gap between human and god and make them both big and broken as well as awkward and confused and normal And humans can interact with them, as humans, and be just as big and important, or, perhaps, so, because they are of the world in the way the others aren t Or they can be just quiet and normal Or, in fact, both at the same time.I feel like a lot of the time when people talk about kids books or YA they talk about agency and whether or not the main character has it But in books like these, I think that s missing the point The point is not what a young person can do, the point is what the world is and in finding that out and living in it, the young person has all the agency they need. The completely brilliant conclusion to the Dalemark Quartet 8 Please note this review is meant as a recommendation only If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately Thank you Interesting, if not entirely successful, conclusion to the Dalemark Quartet This novel concludes the overall series arc that really fell into place in The Spellcoats and finally brings together characters from multiple books, particularly Moril and Kialan from Cart and Cwidder and Mitt and Ynen from Drowned Ammet, while introducing a new lead as well, Maewyn The main problem, I think, is that none of the characters were strong enough to carry the weight of the narrative, either on their own or as an ensemble We d seen so little from Ynen or Kialan s perspectives, for example, that their inclusion in the final five was not very interesting Meanwhile, Mitt s importance was far too obvious, but he was perhaps too consciously abrasive Jones s recent work has moved away from this sort of epic toward an emphasis on wit and plot twists if she ever returned to this particular form, I d be interested in seeing how it was different. Narrated in the first chapter by Mitt, this at first seems like a continuance of Drowned Ammet, but then it continues into Maewen s fish out of water tale, which is a great way to end this series.One of the great fun of reading series, I always think, is finding out what has become of the characters you grew to know and love in previous books Even as I become attached to new characters such as Maewen and, surprisingly, Navis, who is not new but getsnarrative time in this book I like to hear about events and characters from the past And who better to show the future of these old friends, and of Dalemark, than someone who lives 200 years beyond the events in Cart and Cwidder and Drowned Ammet This is one of the great strengths of this series the entire world s past and its future are included, from the primitive prehistory of The Spellcoats to the planes trains and automobiles of The Crown of Dalemark.DWJ brings all of the interwoven narratives together into a splendid, and rather unexpected, conclusion This volume in the series, above all the others, makes me feel as though she could continue to write books set in Dalemark for ages and ages there is so much that is only hinted at The Great Uprising and power gathering of Amil the Great, for instance Or the Continuing Adventures of Mitt and Maewen which, of course, is what I really want to read The glossary is filled with intriguing little tidbits which fill in some of the gaps It s a very satisfying end to the series, which is not to say that I don t wantThis is without a doubt one of my favorite favorites. Finally got round to reading the last Dalemark book, and I don t regret it It is very characteristically Diana Wynne Jones, but it s also the fourth book of a quartet, which I don t recall happening very much at all with Jones other work so the gap before I read it wasn t a good idea It took me some time to get back into it.But when I did, I had a lot of fun Jones work often makes me feel a bit stupid because her characters seem to know what she s doing a lot better than I do and understand things faster than I do e.g view spoiler the reveal about the One actually being Kankredin hide spoiler