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  • School & Library Binding: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval; Harper Trophy ed edition (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061344275X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613442756
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 9.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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By Kit on Dec 12 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I haven't actually opened this yet as it is a Christmas present for me, but it arrived very quickly and it's an excellent book so I don't really care about condition :)
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By yvette on May 28 2005
Format: Paperback
... although I still haven't quite figured out in my head how their beaks move then they talk because we use lips to form words and they don't have any.
Anyways, this is the sequel to Dark Lord of Derkholm (which you really should read first), and although different in quality is equally as entertaining. I loved seeing the familiar characters pop in and out, and getting updates on them. Although I would have liked to see more of them, I hardly noticed as we were busy getting to know a whole new cast of intriguing character... Elda's new classmates.
I took this book up in the evening just before bedtime. Always a bad idea. I was reading all night! I thought I would have enough self control to stop after a chapter or so but Diana Wynne Jones had me hooked. Right from our first meeting with Elda's new classmates, I was already laughing out loud.
Instead of the questing and defeating the enemies tone of the first book, this book focused more on renewal and growth, of both Elda and her classmate friends, as well as of the University. And as I mentioned before, it was great to hear of all the familiar faces.
I long for a third book from this world! Her fan website says she has promised her sister that she will write one. Can't wait!
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By A Customer on May 11 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is as great as the origanel book, Dark Lord of Derkholm. It is about Elda as she goes to the Wizard's Universety. It also is about her friends and the problems they have. Although it is a great book, it is not like Dark Lord of Derkholm, and Derk is barely in the book.
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Format: Hardcover
As a sequel to "The Dark Lord Of Derkhom", this book does not continue the plot of Derk, the former "Dark Lord", but instead follows his young griffin daughter, Elda, as she attends Wizard's University. Elda, the kind-hearted giant golden cat/bird, makes several friends (each with their own different and strange pasts and personalities) and a crush on a certain teacher.
The plot of "Griffin" does not really stay the same. It basically follows the first year of Elda and her friends' year at the Wizard's University. Through strange magic (using oranges, which the group seems to adore), the friends must protect one of their own from his kingdoms assasins. If only they could convince the teachers that there really are assasins...
Hopefully DWJ will follow this up with a sequel to finish the love insinuations at the end of the book, but it looks doubtful. Nonetheless, read this book if you want a twisted, funny outlook on a traditional fantasy story!
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Format: Hardcover
Diana Wynne Jones is my all-time favorite author.
But she doesn't do well with sequels.
Her characterization is flawless. Her ability to weave life's little nuisances and quibbles into great world-changing events is what gives her her universal appeal.
But when she writes a sequel, she always seems to have lost interest in her characters and their world already. And that is the problem with this book.
She should probably swear off the sequels... and keep moving into new worlds.
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Format: Hardcover
i'm an avid fan of DWJ's earlier works ... although i like the world of -dark lord- and -griffin- better than the chrestomanci or cart and cwidder novels, the characterization and plot here seems more forced than her previous books, such as -hexwood-, -archer's goon-, -fire and hemlock-, and -howl's moving castle-. the book lacks DWJ's more typical clever plot twists and page-turning action (the bulk of the story takes place at the wizard university and consists of more reaction than action) ... still, DWJ juggles her large cast easily and the book contains her characteristically readable text and her great sense of humour, along with creative situations and characters, such as seven miniaturized assassins teaming up with pirates who have been turned into mice and two characters who have jinxes. not her best book, but worth reading ... better than -dark lord-, in my opinion.
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Format: Hardcover
This book seemed to be about half as long as it should have been for everything that happened in it. The action sequences are reminiscent of Jones' prequel The Dark Lord of Derkholm, but when there was a lull things seemed to happen offstage a lot. I enjoy the way Diana Wynne Jones writes, in that the griffin characters, although nonhuman, are still people. However, as much as I like the characters and feel for them, the story seemed squashed, as if there was too much happening at once to write in one book.
Warning, very minor spoilers ahead.
In particular the romances wrapped up all too quickly at the end. Lydda's was forgivable, though it feels like there should be another book or a half of one devoted to the trip to the other continent, meeting the griffins there and ending their war, and the trip back. But if this book's last chapter is any indication, love at first sight is incredibly common. Perhaps the author simply isn't good at writing romance; but I felt cheated at the end to see everyone getting paired up, all crushed into about ten pages. Perhaps if the relationships had been scattered through the rest of the book and it were expanded by about five chapters it wouldn't feel so sudden. The author should try to take a cue from other famous fantasy authors, such as Mercedes Lackey and Terry Pratchett, and at least have characters interacting for some time before they fall in love. It would certainly make them ring truer to the reader.
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