Year of the Griffin
The Wizards' University is short of money. Nothing comes in from tourists any more since Mr Chesney's offworld tours have stopped. High Chancellor Querida has left Wizard Derk and his family to run the world and handsome Wizard Corkoran to run the University. Corkoran is really only interested in... show more
The Wizards' University is short of money. Nothing comes in from tourists any more since Mr Chesney's offworld tours have stopped. High Chancellor Querida has left Wizard Derk and his family to run the world and handsome Wizard Corkoran to run the University. Corkoran is really only interested in being the first man to walk on the moon, but he does send begging letters to the students' parents. But Wizard Derk's daughter Elda turns out to be a large golden griffin, King Luther's son is penniless, the Emperor's sister has been disowned by the Senate and the dwarf, far from owning a hoard of treasure, turns out to be a runaway slave. And then the first reply from a student's family arrives - in the form of assassins ...The situation is definitely out of control.
Publish date: September 24th 2012
Pages no: 404
Edition language: English
Series: Derkholm (#2)
I read this right after [b:The Dark Lord of Derkholm|47587|The Dark Lord of Derkholm (Derkholm, #1)|Diana Wynne Jones|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1355961884s/47587.jpg|869986] which is the first in the series and I liked it a whole lot better. But here's the thing: I think I mostly l...
This spoof of fantasy tropes defies every genre convention and turns the familiar story of a magic school (Harry Potter, anyone?) upside down. Laughter is a gift of this tale, where every dangerous situation has its farcical silver lining.The action takes place in a magic university, where six first...
Jones had a great time going to college, if this book is anything to judge by. (Of course, she got to hear lectures by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, so I can't help thinking it must have been heaven). So, this is a book about a group of undergraduates who meet and form friendships and romance ri...
I found this book to be extraordinarily formulaic and trite.
Being a big fan of Diana Wynne Jones, I was disappointed in this book. It reads more like a rush job and sadly didn't hold up to its predecessor, Dark Lord of Derkholm.There doesn't seem to ever be a direct plot and I never feel close to any of the characters. I could also do without all of the pair...
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