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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Excellent book for teen readers who love fantasy.

Cart and Cwidder (Dalemark Quartet): Diana Wynne Jones: : Books

I went into this series not really cwiddet in on what genres and age groups it was aimed at for, and I admit I was surprised at first. My 14year old granddaughter recommended it to me. Was it worth the read? However, “Cart and Cwidder” is the first book in the Dalemark quartet that follows the more generic pattern of fantasy war in a created world – cwodder it unique in Wynne Jones’s canon of books, but a typical inclusion to the range of fantasy novels.

The characters are not quite as vivid and interesting as the likes of Chrestomanci and Howl, and the story not quite as intriguing as those found in “The Power of Three” and “Black Maria”.

Cart and Cwidder – Dalemark Quartet 1 Book Summary and Study Guide

I think the first part of that statement is what gets remembered, when the second part is what’s actually true: Yet for all of this, “Cart and Cwidder” is a worthwhile read if you have the next three volumes on hand, for the way crt which Wynne Jones has created this series is immensely interesting each one has a different situation and set of characters, yet are intricately connected. Clennen, the larger-than-life lead singer and father, Lenina, the cool, calm highborn mother, Dagner, the talented but shy eldest son, Brid, the impetuous, talkative daughter and Moril, fart dreamy youngest son.


One person found this helpful. All four novels interrelate, and all are clarified and at least partly resolved in the final volume, The Crown of Dalemarkwhich takes place partly in the timeframe of this novel and partly in Dalemark’s present time.

Lucky, I have a great imagination and put this story more believable and interesting than it is.

I really need to be more careful about picking up Jones books when I’m reading something else. Castle in the Air. What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall.

Cart and Cwidder

Read more Read less. Dagner, Moril and Brid carh the children of the singer Clennen and Lenina who are perfectly content to travel the lands, singing and passing on news across the lands. Cwldder the prize of Victoria’s hand, Tristan vows to retrieve the star for his beloved.

Neil Gaiman Narrated by: Brid thinks that she is more clever than she is and leads the evil Tholian to Kialan, who is really the duke’s son.

Published April 1st by HarperTrophy first published Subjects Fantasy Young Adult Fiction. Just four squabbling kids, and then a sudden murder and escape. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

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Howl’s Moving Castle Moril has spent his whole life traveling and performing with his family from a horse-drawn cart, singing ans playing the cwidder across the land. This is nowhere near long enough.


There is a tendency to have characters discover things in a rush, which requires a suspension of disbelief I was much better at when I was a teenager. But when Odd flees to the woods and releases a trapped bear, his luck begins to change. It’s strangely sombre for a children’s book, the world is a harsh place and the journey that the main characters go on is challenging in a way that quests rarely seem to be these days.

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There was no connection between the stories although the first two novels are set during the same period, they concern two completely different cultures and geographic areas–the difference between A Horse and His Boy and Prince Caspian for instanceso there’s really no point at having them all part of the same “quartet. A re-post, now that Jones has died March 26, Everybody says that Gwendolyn Chant is a gifted witch with astonishing powers, so it suits her enormously when she is taken to live in Chrestomanci Castle.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The emphasis on the lives of itinerant musicians in this first volume gives us an early glimpse at the beautifully constructed world of Dalemark.