Drowned Ammet

Drowned Ammet The second volume of The Dalemark Quartet continues the story of the mythical land of Dalemark and the four people chosen to reunify the divided lands

  • Title: Drowned Ammet
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • ISBN: 9780064473149
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • The second volume of The Dalemark Quartet continues the story of the mythical land of Dalemark, and the four people chosen to reunify the divided lands.

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    1. Diana Wynne Jones doesn't make the worldbuilding too easy to follow. I remember reading in her collected non-fiction writings that she found that children made the leaps her books require much more easily than adults do. So I try to think like a child when I read her work (it sort of pleases me, the way people are often so snobby about children "not understanding" adult literature -- which I did, on some level at least, from the age of nine -- that perhaps this is something children understand b [...]

    2. If Cart and Cwidder had hidden depths, Drowned Ammet is all depths, and they're right out of the open. This second book in the quartet ratchets up the danger of the North/South conflict, and also brings the gods right out into the open.Mitt is a wholly sympathetic and fascinating character, snappish and sarcastic like so many DWJ characters are, but with a well-tuned moral compass and a vivid inner life. He shares the narration with Hildy, who is decidedly less sympathetic at times, at least in [...]

    3. and i started not really liking this and definitely not liking Mitt, and then they got together, they talked, they changed, but still not totally and still they carried alot of themselves and i loved it.

    4. I discovered this book at the same time The Crown of Dalemark came out. Not only had I never heard of it, I didn't realize that the other two books in the series were even part of a series. Drowned Ammet is by far my favorite of the Dalemark stories. Mitt is exactly the kind of person I feel drawn to in fiction, concealing his pain even from himself, acting prickly to push people away but still hoping that someone will be his friend. There are few truly noble characters in this book, and I love [...]

    5. Some of DWJ's beautifully descriptive prose in all of her many books happens in Drowned Ammet when she writes of her fictional Holy Islands; she certainly made me want to not only visit but dwell in these fantasy islands. Her descriptions of sailing, ships and the ocean gave my personal favorite writer about oceans, Richard Henry Dana Jr. a run for his money as well. But what really struck me was her perfect capturing of the mind of a young terrorist. I can only guess that when DWJ was writing t [...]

    6. Diana Wynne Jones has a way of writing that just speaks to me perfectly. She gets inside her characters and explains them from the inside out and puts everything just the way you feel it yourself, if you could get it into words. Her early books, such as the Dalemark Quartet, are clearly tentative ventures into the territory she would boldly explore later on, with many of her themes noticeable here: children growing themselves up with no help (and often active hindrance) from parents, people not [...]

    7. Unfortunately after raving about the complexity of Diana Wynne Jones's writing, I found an example of what happens when she doesn't quite get it right. Drowned Ammet has some of the same themes that made Cart and Cwidder so much fun, but it lacks the irresistible appeal. The main problem is that DWJ is usually good at POV – and that's where most of the complexity comes from, because she has the ability to make you see through a character's eyes. But she fails to do this for some reason with th [...]

    8. Mitt's story - what he realizes he reveals, and what he doesn't - is so well done, and so satisfying.Something I recognized on my recent Dalemark reread (minus The Spellcoats because I don't own that one; I've never appreciated it) is that I appreciate Mitt's story much more in the context of his final arc in The Crown of Dalemark. It's such a rewarding journey, from his choices to his lack of choices to his wonderful limited point of view.

    9. Originally posted at A Novel Idea ReviewsRating: 4/5Dalemark has been divided into the liberal, freed0m-loving North and the tyrannized South for time immemorial. Mitt is just another young boy caught up in the oppressive regime of the Southern Earls, who live in luxury while the people starve. His father was a member of the Free Holanders, an underground resistance force in the city of Holand, but was captured and killed when his own brothers in the resistance turned him in. Mitt feels that his [...]

    10. I don't think I could ever really write a review that would ever capture how wonderful this book - rather this whole series is. What I love about it is that this one is one of three mostly standalone novels that can be read in any order - although I think it does work best to read them in published order rather than chronological. (This one is the second book in published order and chronological order come to think of it).Mainly what I love about this book is the character of Mitt. He is marvell [...]

    11. I was only going to give this book 3 stars- it's good, but I'm definitely not crazy about it, and it took me a ridiculously long time to get properly attached to any of the characters. But that ending. It's awesome, and it gets this book an extra star.

    12. Things I liked:-The ending!! Mostly because it ended in a completely different spot than I expected, and then the third book jumps straight into the past, so I wonder if I'll ever see the resolution I expected. If not, all the more credit to it. I like going on unexpected journeys.-Man, remember when reading half of the fantasy genre just began with the baseline assumption that you, a child of 9 or so, totally knew how boats worked. Say what you will about pirates of the carribean, it was one of [...]

    13. I don't know why it has taken me so long to begin this series, or why I'm beginning it with book two. I'm glad I took book 3 from the library as I'm starting that straight away - I cannot wait for book 1, even for a day. This book, about three children caught up in a feudal system and its revolutionary uprising, is well up to Wynne Jones' standard. Other reviews have described it as 'darker' because it deals with the kinds of problems that feudalism (like our current system) brings, like undergr [...]

    14. 3.5 stars- How is this considered people's least favourite of the books?? The first part is a lot of tense character and world build-up, yes, but the second half is so good!- Mitt has a very satisfying character arc from impoverished child to cocky, angry revolutionary to a still very angry, but more thoughtful, mature adolescent.- Reluctant friendships developing across class and political lines! Angry young children caught in a crossfire of larger political forces! That storm scene was such a [...]

    15. Such a good book. I had trouble getting through it because *exam season!!!!* But when I did have time to read it, I enjoyed every word.Diana Wynne Jones never fails to deliver with her middle-grade fantasies. This one does not disappoint. There were twists that caught me by surprise (and generally I'm pretty good at figuring out plot twists before they happen) and that is always amazing. Love it!

    16. This book didn't hold my attention as well as the first novel did. I came into this expecting to follow the same characters, and was slightly disappointed when it did not. I can see how the ties weave together, though, so that's something.I didn't really like the characters in this novel, and I think that's what took me so long to get into it.I am interested to see how all the books conclude.

    17. I can't get enough of Jones' quirky writing. I love her characters, who struggle with both internal and external conflicts, and her plot twists and unapologetic integration of mythology into her stories. The moral lessons are complex and nuanced, because we live in a shadow-filled world and not a black-and-white one.

    18. not as THE BEST as cart and cwidder - the 4th star is for the earthsea echoes - but i'm super happy to see how this plays out!!

    19. The resolution was interesting and the characters do grow, but it didn't quite make up for them being pretty unlikeable and foolish for a lot of the beginning.

    20. I found the beginning of this book rather dull, it didn't get going for me until two thirds of the way through, but was entertaining and mystical from then on. Overall too political and heavy handed and the baddie was too bad. Not my favourite of hers by a long way.

    21. At first blush, this is a story about revolution. Young Mitt gets caught up in revolutionary fervor after his father's death and becomes the key figure in a plot to blow up the villainous Earl Hadd. When it goes badly awry, Mitt finds himself on the run in the company of a couple of noble-born kids, Hildy and Ynen. There's much sailing and yelling and angst, and oh, even at a young age I did love the angst.But this time through I realized that it's not about a revolution at all. The real story i [...]

    22. This is the second installment in Diana Wynne Jones’ Dalemark Quartet, and it is the volume that really hooked me and prompted a back-to-back marathon reading of the series when I was 14, and a similar re-read in 2012.Drowned Ammet is essentially the story of Mitt, or Alhammitt Alhammittson to be more precise (don’t worry, the odd name has significance but doesn’t show up much). After Mitt and his family are forced to leave their farm by increasing rents, they move into a rundown tenement [...]

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