Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones Book review

Note: All my reviews are spoiler free!


For centuries, Dalemark has been a land divided by the warring 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 forces to reunify their beloved land. When Moril inherits his father’s prized instrument — a Cwidder said to have belonged to one of the Undying — he must learn to harness its strange power in time to prevent a destructive civil war.

This is a really interesting plot with great characters and written well too WHICH IS WHY I’M SO DISAPPOINTED!!

This is nowhere near long enough. I feel as if the Author couldn’t be bothered to delve further and fill out all the brilliant plot points. Everything’s covered, but in a very shallow way.

The plot headed in a great direction and I was enjoying it despite the pace. I found some things happening were too blunt, but, considering Diana Wynne Jones, is one of my favourite Authors I assumed there was a reason. And there was, but it still happened too quick and, despite explaining why, it was never addressed.

Nothing quite became of the plot. I had a lot of expectations and build up, but it ended way too soon. The book, at 180-odd pages, is way too short.

This may be an enjoyable read for a younger person dipping their imaginations into fantasy for the first time because, as I said, it is well written. I just wanted MORE. It’s like only having one crisp, (potato chip whatever you call them), out of the bag. Yummy, but not fulfilling. NO, I WANT TO EAT THE ENTIRE BAG!! D:<

I will be reading the next book, (in this four book series), and we’ll see if it’s worth continuing the series.

To sum up, Good plot, Good characters, Way too short leaving you disappointed.

Was it worth the read? No

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 3 grey


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3 thoughts on “Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones Book review

    • Combustible reviews 30/03/2016 / 12:51 pm

      I know. 😦 I’m interested to see if it gets expanded on in the next book because it was enjoyable to read. There just wasn’t enough.


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