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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Having read it as both, I see a lot more in it now. Format OverDrive Read 3. Perhaps it’s the oppressive setting of the South, where there are few basic freedoms, perhaps it’s the fact that the magic — when it comes — is a little bit awful.

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The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest’s dark magic. Clennen is suddenly murdered in the woods. Jul 09, Katie rated it really liked it. What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall.

Feb 24, Jen! But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. The first two thirds is really all set-up. The political tension and the absense of guidance for a young person in possession of a lot of power were interesting, and the way they were handled on the text great. Moril decides that he should travel with Hestefan and learn how to be a proper Singer. The “cwidder” mentioned in the title refers to a type anv stringed musical instrument, similar to a lute, which the singers use to accompany their performances.


DWJ is one of my favourite authors. It’s a quality I think DWJ should be commended for. Open Preview See a Problem?

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. Lists with This Book. Diana Wynn Jones has a rare and potent gift. 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 journeying through Dalemark, until one day they pick up a mysterious passenger.

It is a farce with a large cast of characters, featuring government, police, and army bureaucracies; sex, politics, and news. Moril inherits a very old and mysterious musical instrument from his father, known as a cwidder which, to the best of my knowledge, resembles a large lute.

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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.

Cart and Cwidder is the most successful as a stand-alone story. Jones does an excellent job of creating a solid foundation to build on later, not overwhelming the reader right out of the gate, but prompting a desire to learn more as the story progresses. Other books in the series. I did like the darkeness – the very serious feeling of danger that this story brough with it, making it clear that the important characters weren’t safe.

Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


Sep 15, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Nothing quite became of the plot. Because people die or are presumed dead in both books, but I wasn’t particularly upset. Guess she was saving her greatness for the Chrestomanci series. FantasyChildren’s novel.

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Click on a plot link to find similar books! But people depend on traveling minstrels for not only entertainment but news and mail delivery — so entertainers have a more free rein than most. But is it enough to protect those he loves from the looming threat of war? It’s cooly logical, and unbelievably vicious and chilling.

And the feeling that you are very smart, although never quite as smart as Diana Wynne Jones. Intriguing, a complete world filled with great characters and a wonderful look at our own world and ideas through fantasy.

The plot headed in a great direction and I was enjoying it despite the pace. Our favorite toys for everyone on your list Top Kid Picks. The world-building itself feels effortl Decided to start a reread of the series – Cart and Cwidder is a weird one for me because it’s the first book in the series, and it’s the beginning of so many characters and not just Moril and Kialan.

Lucky, I have a great imagination and put this story Cart and Cwidder is my least favourite work from Diana Wynne Jones.