The Spellcoats

The Spellcoats Tanaqui and her family have always known they are somewhat different from the other villagers of Shelling But when the great floods come and they are driven from the village they begin to see the par

  • Title: The Spellcoats
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • ISBN: 9780689307126
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Tanaqui and her family have always known they are somewhat different from the other villagers of Shelling But when the great floods come and they are driven from the village, they begin to see the part they must play in the destiny of the land As Tanaqui weaves the story of their frightening journey to the sea, and of the terrifying, powerful evil of the mage Kankredin,Tanaqui and her family have always known they are somewhat different from the other villagers of Shelling But when the great floods come and they are driven from the village, they begin to see the part they must play in the destiny of the land As Tanaqui weaves the story of their frightening journey to the sea, and of the terrifying, powerful evil of the mage Kankredin, she realizes the desperate need to understand the meaning of it all Can she fit the pieces of the puzzle together in time to stop Kankredin s destructive power

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    1. The Spellcoats is one of the first books I ever read by Diana Wynne Jones and is still one of my favorites. With her tenth published novel, she demonstrates a maturity that marks the rest of her career; as good as her previous works are, with The Spellcoats she plays with first person limited POV and the clash of cultures to create Dalemark's history in a way that perfectly fits what she's already established with Cart and Cwidder and the more complex Drowned Ammet.I didn't realize, back in the [...]

    2. The Spellcoats stands in contrast to the densely plotted and bitingly humorous style I most associate with Diana Wynne Jones (at its most action-y in Dark Lord of Derkholm). It also, for my vote, is the real standout of the Dalemark quartet--paring down from the background politics of the first two books and going back hundreds of years to prehistoric Dalemark results in a smaller, more mythic tale that echoes more loudly for how much more contained it is. Tanaqui and her siblings have always li [...]

    3. must say didn't know what to expect and so came in with low expectations for this, so maybe that's the reason, but i really really liked it. i actually thought that this was a right time in the series to have this prehistoric dalemark series. katie and beth thanks for making me read this one before the crown of dalemark, i think this makes the crown more enjoyable.

    4. The Spellcoats is the penultimate installment in Diana Wynne Jones’ Dalemark Quartet and it is very different from its predecessors.If Cart and Cwidder is our introduction to Dalemark, and Drowned Ammet is a fleshing out of that earlier exposure, then The Spellcoats is the (pre) historical volume that gives these two their significance in the grand scheme of things. Set 600 years in the past, Spellcoats gives us a glimpse at prehistoric Dalemark, a time before the land was divided by North and [...]

    5. I think this might be my favourite of the Dalemark books so far. It felt closer to what I expect from Diana Wynne Jones -- there is darkness, yes, but it doesn't feel the same; there's very little darkness in the protagonists. And we have a female main character who is the narrator! Tanaqui works well: she's not perfect, nor too annoying, but a good balance of characteristics -- unlike Robin, who just looks pale and interesting all the time without depth.I enjoyed the way this deepened the under [...]

    6. This was an enjoyable read and did fun, trippy things with narrative. But I think I would have to reread the book after first rereading the first two Dalemark books to feel satisfied that I understood the plot.I enjoy that this book is so grounded in its imagined world; the landscape, ecology, and culture feel absolutely authentic. DWJ doesn't write very much set in secondary worlds, but when she does set a book in one, she does it right!

    7. Jones is just a fun author to read. This is the third in her Dalemark quartet, and I may like it the best of the four so far. It's a fast read and the characters have life. It's told from the perspective of the youngest sister, Tanaqui, who is weaving the story into a coat as she tells it. It develops nicely as she makes discoveries of her own that affect the plot's development. You'll find lots of seemingly little details that become significant, which adds to the adventure of reading.

    8. YA Fantasy. SIX HUNDRED YEARS EARLIER, Tanaqui and her four siblings are forced out of their home and up the River, urged north to the sea by their older brother, Gull, who has been cursed by a powerful wizard.Book three takes place in prehistoric Dalemark, a time when the land was a different shape and the divide between North and South didn't exist OR DID IT? Tanaqui's people are at war with fair-haired invaders, and after their father dies in battle, the children have no one to protect them w [...]

    9. Again with the absolutely astoundingly gorgeous covers. This one is for The Spellcoats really, which makes me a bit sad. I want this style for all four! Anyway. If the jump between Cart and Cwidder and Drowned Ammet is disconcerting, the jump to The Spellcoats is even more so. Mitt and Moril might be only distantly aware of each other, but they are clearly in the same time. Tanaqui's story clearly is not. In fact, it's set in a sort of prehistoric Dalemark. Also, unlike the first two, it's in fi [...]

    10. Review in English below.På trods af at De magiske kapper er tredje bog i en serie, kan man sagtens læse den uden at have kendskab til serien. Det gjorde jeg, og det første lange stykke tid, troede jeg næsten der var sket en fejl i navngivningen, fordi handlingen på ingen måde afslørede at der skulle have været to bøger før den.Det viste sig dog at have sin gode forklaring. Kronologisk er De magiske kapper den tredje bog i Dalmark-kvartetten, men handlingsmæssigt beskriver den begivenh [...]

    11. A young girl, who has little idea that she has a talent for weaving magical spells into garments, has to abandon home along with her orphan siblings when they are all suspected of colluding with invaders with whom they happen to share physical characteristics. Thus begins a journey downriver to the sea and then back again up to its source before the causes of the conflict can start to be addressed.The Spellcoats has a markedly different feel compared to the middle two Dalemark tales (wp/s2oNj1-d [...]

    12. The Spellcoats has a very different tone as compared to the first two books in the series. According to the map at the beginning, this is prehistoric Dalemark, before earls and North vs. South and even before the gods and stories as they are known in Mitt and Moril's time. The tone takes a little getting used to, but Tanaqui is a fascinating and vivid narrator. It was fun to wrap my head around the idea of her weaving the story into a coat.In this volume, we visit the place where the stories in [...]

    13. At first, this story seems to have little relationship to the two before it. It's not till the very end that it's revealed that it takes place in Dalemark – but during near-prehistoric times. The society portrayed is very primitive, perhaps analogous to Bronze Age tribes in Britain. When most of the men of a village go off to fight a war against some blond invaders, the pale, fair looks passed down to one family's children by their mysterious, foreign(?) mother make them a target of fear and s [...]

    14. DWJ has created, from whole cloth, this political world of Dalemark; in The Spellcoats she takes us back in time to its legends and mythology. One of the themes is when legends were little kids, what were they like? Some books have explored this before - The Sword in the Stone comes to mind. But DWJ's legendary children certainly act like real siblings, down to the pouting, teasing, bickering, and occasional fist fights that sisters and brothers get into. Overall, the tone of The Spellcoats is q [...]

    15. I read this recently -- I always hesitate to revisit favorite authors from my youth, but this didn't let me down. To be sure, the plot is both elementary in fantasy terms and standard for Jones (it seems like almost every single one of her early books involved the main character discovering the hidden magical talents they were born with), but it's really well told. The four main characters (Tanaqui and her siblings Hern, Duck, and Robin) all have distinct personalities, they interact with each o [...]

    16. By far my favorite of the Dalemark Quartet (so far)! Tanaqui was a fantastic narrator, and I liked how truly unlikable her and her siblings were. (ybe unlikable is not the right word what I mean to say is, as they got annoyed with each other, I got annoyed at and with them, which happened QUITE A BIT, so while clearly I was emotionally invested, it did not make a large section of the book very fun to read) HOWEVER the manner in which the story was presented (as a recovered historical document) w [...]

    17. Even though you don't need to have read the previous two books in the quartet, I suspect I would have enjoyed the story a lot more if I had. I suspect I might have felt more invested in the world. That being said this is still a good book. This is a pre-history of Dalemark and follows Tanaqui as she weaves the story of her, her siblings, the river, the Undying (mystical god-like powers), and an evil force. I appreciated the plainness of the storytelling - it actually feels like a child is recoun [...]

    18. A really odd novel by Diana Wynne Jones - and my appreciation of it is surely not helped by the fact it has been years since I read the first two books. It is an archaic mythic sort of YA fantasy, and it stands on its own almost, apart from the ending where resolution is projected to the final book in the quartet. It reminded me a bit of Red Shift, though less cryptic and less despairing. But it is odd indeed. And I did not like Spellcoats nor respect it much. The almost trademarked mythic plot [...]

    19. For that post-Harry, pre-something heavy and involved time.Recommended to me by my genetics prof (who saw me finishing a Harry Potter book one day on campus). The Dalemark Quartet is more advanced reading than the Harry Potter books, but the same type of fanstasy and contains a long and interwoven story line that fully comes together in The Crown of Dalemark. Characters and items in each previous book play a main role in this last installment so the quartet must be read in order and close togeth [...]

    20. Started slowly, and seemed a little out there for Diana, because of the religiosity of "The Ones" but at the midway point her humour really started showing through.Can't wait to read the rest of the Dalemark Quartet

    21. Ech.(Yes, I know I'm reading these in the wrong order. This particlar order was suggested by a friend, however, so I'm trusting to her wisdom on this one).I wasn't terribly fond of this book. Which is odd, because Cart and Cwidder absolutely charmed my pants off, and The Spellcoats looked set to do the same. I loved the cultural implications of the family's names, the local history, the cultural shift indicated by the change in language and narrative style. I must admit I was even surprised by s [...]

    22. That was so amazing. Of course DWJ shows everyone how to write a prehistoric sequel. It has those amazing elements she's known for in execution and style of magic, beautiful thought and care go into the artistry of creation in particular in this book and the magic is literally earth shattering (an always satisfying culmination to see in her writing). The ending notes are the best example I've ever seen of historic contextualization and frankly brought everything together while sending shivers do [...]

    23. Brilliant book. The entire series is an admirable feat of writing, but the Spellcoats give a turn to fiction that oen wouldn't expect. I Greatly enjoyed the anthropological angle and the delicacy with which the story unfolds. Diana writes novels to enchant you and to test the assumptions of her readers, only to have them question their opinions a few chapters later. Fantasy or not, loss and pain are very real in her writing, as are love and loyalty. My read of 2017!

    24. This is the oddest book of the Dalemark Quartet. It doesn't quite feel as if it really belongs with the other three. Its voice is quite different, and it seems much more of a folk tale, with even stronger fantastic elements. Somehow it feels as if it grew entirely from Jones's notes for the other three books. It's worth reading, but should really be read before or after the other three books.

    25. Filling in the pre-history of Dalemark, although exactly how it fits with the newer geography requires some thinking.

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