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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Every time you re-read a Jones book, you get something new and perhaps strange out of it.

But I also wonder if that’s either tricks with perspective obviously Moril would see him as a good person because he symbolizes the North and Hannart and getting them out of an awful situationor that Keril was a good person and everything that happened with Kialan and his other son being killed ruined that and he became what he hated. I don’t know why not, but these are probably her least-enjoyable works.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. 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. I wasn’t sure I liked this all tha tmuch, right up until the last third.

In a series of baronies controlled by tyrannical leaders, a group of traveling musicians drift from town to town doing plays, puppets, and songs.


Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. Jul 19, Polina rated it really liked it Shelves: I just wanted MORE. Naomi Novik Narrated by: And he realizes why he wants to do what he’s doing. Yes, I do realize that there are definite American Civil War divisions going on here. However, his help comes at a terrible price. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Oxford University Press February 6, Language: I cwiddwr it’s fairly obvious this is an early book of DWJ’s. I have read this book many times since childhood! Maybe this is why I struggled to read it as a child? However, after the battle, Moril is wracked with guilt, as he caused the deaths of hundreds of men, and mainly because he was angry that his beloved horse, Olob, had been shot.

Moril has spent his whole life traveling and performing with his family from a horse-drawn cart, singing and playing the cwidder across the land.

But is it dart to protect those he loves from the looming threat of war? As Moril and his siblings embark on a dangerous journey to escape the evil forces around them, he cwiddre learns how to channel the cwidder’s strange and powerful magic.

Sep 15, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: One person found this helpful. All these vivid first impressions are real, but they all turn out to be just surface manifestations of the deeper waters running through every member of the troupe.

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

Castle in the Air. For some initially unknown reason, this northern family is traveling through the South during the novel. Three times she was a commended runner-up[a] for the Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year’s best children’s book: Find out more about Carrt accounts.


Brid, Moril, and Kialan are forced to flee, believing that Dagner will be hanged. Decided to start a reread of the series – Cart and Cwidder is a weird caet for me because it’s the first book in the series, and it’s the beginning of so many characters and not just Moril and Kialan.

Like most Diana Wynne Jones books, this is published for children and probably most appreciated by adults.

Cart and Cwidder (The Dalemark Quartet, #1) by Diana Wynne Jones

Something I appreciated especially with this book is Moril’s journey of self-dependency. But people depend on traveling minstrels for not only entertainment but news and mail delivery — so entertainers have a more free rein than most.

He’s an average boy stuck in a not-so-average situation, and he proves himself to be up to the task, but not without some sadness and regret. But the caveat is, that no matter how well a book comes together in the last third, it still needs to be excellent in the first two thirds.