Shelf Control #300: Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones

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Title: Deep Secret
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Published: 1997
Length: 384 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

Rupert Venables is a Magid.

It’s a Magid’s job to oversee what goes on in the vast Multiverse. Actually, Rupert is really only a junior Magid. But he’s got a king-sized problem. Rupert’s territory includes Earth and the Empire of Korfyros. When his mentor dies Rupert must find a replacement. But there are hundreds of candidates. How is he supposed to choose? And interviewing each one could take forever.


What if he could round them all up in one place?


How and when I got it:

I bought a used copy online, many years ago.

Why I want to read it:

I feel like my reading has a big gaping hole where Diana Wynne Jones books should be! I’ve read so much about her, her work, and her influence on fantasy writing and writing for younger readers. But sadly, the only one of her books that I’ve read is Howl’s Moving Castle (and I don’t think I fully appreciated it, since I listened to the audiobook and found the narrator irritating.)

A book group friend of mine recommended this book years ago — and if I remember correctly, I believe she said that this is a book that she returns to again and again. I know she has amazing taste in books, so that was enough to get me to pick up a copy!

I’ve had this book, as well as the author’s Dalemark and Chrestomanci books, on my to-read list for far too long, and I think it’s about time that I make a point of reading at least one of them!

What do you think? Have you read this book? Have you read other books by Diana Wynne Jones, and if so, which do you recommend?

Please share your thoughts!


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