Others have said there are diminishing returns here as the publication dates increase I M Reading Them m reading them internal chronological order so that I get a few of the later worse ones out of the way ahead of time knowing there are better earlier works yet to comeThis was my least favourite thus far The author simply takes on too much too many characters too much world building her evocation of a slightly alternate history England was ust the right touch but this book invites entire countries and cultures and peoples and mythologies and religions etc etc it begins uickly to feel like an effort not a oy to readThat said I made it about
80% Of The Way On of the way on strength of her other books but ultimately resented the book too much to do than skim to the end which introduced yet characters and facts about this place We get it you re inventive And despite reading 80% of it I could barely tell you the plot I think Dido was searching for Lord whatshisface but once she found him why they didn t leave I have no idea It was a confusing morass of character and incident and lots of trudging through landscapes Where was the editorThis one s eminently skippable even for completistsNote 5 stars amazing wonderful 4 very good book 3 decent read 2 disappointing 1 awful ust awful I m fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5 I m a bit ruthless Another masterpiece The pace and characterisation are fantastic Joan Aiken is a talented writer and a good storyteller One of her best skills is in creating interesting characters and uniue adventures for them and the reader Dido Twite is one such character and she seems to encounter adventures in most of the books she is written into Aiken has a habit of entwining characters from completely different novels together into a master story network Though I don t like the way this adventure turns out I love the characters the locales and the fast paced adventures that Aiken has created I have to admit this has got to be one of my least favorite books in the series so far Don t get me wrong there were definitely some positives and I still enjoyed the ride Let me begin with what I liked the magic elements were super weird and cool I liked the mysticism and the way in which those who could use magic were able to even convince the skeptics in the story Talisman and the Forest People were by far my favorite characters in the story They were so different and I think Aiken did a fantastic Class of 92: Out of Our League job in creating them and giving them the ropes the plot against the King was typical Aiken and I loved it because it s everything I expected and love about this seriesSo clearly there were some positives However there were some flaws that made this book drop below my expectations Dido lacked that charm I ve become so accustomed to seeing In this novel she was uite flat and had no real purpose this novel would have still moved fine without her presence Lord Herodsfoot and King were really blah characters Iust didn t like their complete helplessness in every situation I understand that Aiken created them specifically to be this way but I ust don t like useless characters there were a lot of holes in the plot that didn t make sense and that s saying something since most of the books in this series are wacky and the introduction into this adventure was very awkward and stilted The transitions could definitely have been betterOverall the novel still maintained its wackiness and had an awesome fantasy element to it However it didn t tie things as well as it could have and Dido really didn t shine I m hoping that the next book in the series will be better for
now this novel gets a 355 stars from meFor reviews visit wwwveereadingwordpresscom Another fabulous book in the Wolves series Dido is this novel gets a 355 stars from meFor reviews visit wwwveereadingwordpresscom Another fabulous book in the Wolves series Dido is with finding Lord Herodsfoot on the distant island of Aratu among the spice plantations the witch doctors and forest people Lord Herodsfoot is searching for new and ancient games which he hopes will entertain King James back in England But the island is a troubled place with political unrest and violence around every turn The island king s malicious brother is planning a coup and only Dido and her strange new friends can save the island and restore balance to the people s lives Full of adventure and a little magic this story keeps moving with a uick plot weird and interesting characters and of course the excellent writing that I find in all Joan Aiken s booksI love love love Dido She really holds up well as a main character in so many of the Wolves books I never get tired of her adventures She s gutsy and thoughtful and wildly wonderful I love how sensible she is looking for practical solutions in each crazy si. Published in the USA as Dangerous GamesThis eagerly awaited addition to Joan Aiken's award winning Wolves series takes us on Dido's most imaginative adventure yetDido Twite has been sailing the high seas chasing after Lord Herodsfoot who is scouring the globe for new and interesting games Now he's needed back.
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and misfortunes which include the heartbreaking deaths of innocentsReaders who express reservations about Limbo are correct if what they were expecting but don t get is the telltale light humour that characterised the chirpy Cockney sparrow they d come to love I think however that Aiken is expressing Dido s steady maturation She s no longer the total innocent of Black Hearts in Battersea or the underestimated yet canny young adult of the next "Couple Of Novels She S Now Experienced In The Ways "of novels she s now experienced in the ways the world beyond her corner of London and thus resourceful than ever That doesn t stop her commenting drolly about the nook shotten individuals she comes across or declaring that the havey cavey coves she stymies need to put that in their kettle and boil it When it comes to enlisting our sympathies for the apparent underdog Philip Pullman is absolutely right Joan Aiken is indeed a marvelhttpwpmes2oNj1 limbo Love all the wolves books this is no exception Don t know where she got all this wild imagination would that there were like her Everytime I read this books I m so sad that her voice has ceased to ring This is perhaps not the best in the Wolves series Aiken has spent a lot of time explaining what has happened to all the members of various separated groups She does it using dialogue which is much better than lengthy narration but the story doesn t swing along with uite her usual aunty trot Although a great yarn with Dido her usual charismatic self this book is not entirely satisfying in all respects A few loose ends were not tidied John King s background character and possible kinship with Dido were not resolved And I m not sure if anyone else noticed the absence of the smallest member of the party during the entire final seuence I notice here how willing I am to forgive little imperfections in Aiken s work particularly towards the end of her life whilst I tend to be critical of the same in other people whippersnappers likeencounter and misfortunes which include the heartbreaking deaths of innocentsReaders who express reservations about Limbo
Ransom Riggs for example Total favouritism Alas I am a flawed reviewer Enjoyable but ultimately a little far fetched andRiggs for example Total favouritism Alas I am a flawed reviewer Enjoyable but ultimately a little far fetched and even for Aiken Not in the same league as Dido and Pa or Midnight is a Place certainlyI d recommend this to Dido Twite fanatics but most definitely not for first time readers Start with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase instead This tenth title in Aiken s Wolves Chronicles which offers a welcome return to the adventures of the marvelous Dido Twite backtracks somewhat in the chronology and occurs shortly after the events related in The Stolen Lake and before Dido s return to England in The Cuckoo Tree When the ship on which she is sailing for home is diverted to the spice island of Aratu in search of the missing Lord Herodsfoot Dido once again finds herself caught up in political intrigue With the conflict between the colonizing Angrians and the native Dilendi an unscrupulous and power hungry villain and a cross cultural love story Dangerous Games offers the reader an engaging and entertaining story I would not rank it as highly as some of the earlier titles but I was still glad to have read itAs a side note readers should be aware that this book was originally published in Britain under the title Limbo LodgeAddendum Because the reading order of this series is somewhat complicated I have included this handy guide which is organized by publication date and which I recommend to prospective readers of the series rather than the one offered here on GoodreadsReading Order for the Series1 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase2 Black Hearts in Battersea3 Nightbirds on Nantucket4 The Whispering Mountain5 The Cuckoo Tree6 The Stolen Lake7 Dido and Pa8 Is Underground9 Cold Shoulder Road10 Dangerous Games11 Midwinter Nightingale12 The Witch of ClatteringshawsA few notes Is Underground is the American name for the British original Is Similarly Dangerous Games was originally published in Britain as Limbo Lodge The Wolves of Willoughby Chase features two characters that recur but the two young heroines do not The Stolen Lake is the point at which the chronology becomes somewhat complicated as it is the sixth book but chronicles events that occur in between Night Birds on Nantucket 3 and The Cuckoo Tree 5 Is Underground or Is and Cold Shoulder Road both feature Is Twite cousin to the main heroine Dido They occur alongside the other books and their position in the series is not chronologically relevant Dangerous Games Limbo Lodge is another title that backtracks in the chronology Although not technically part of the series Aiken s Midnight Is a Place does occur in the same alternative timeline and is set in Blastburn the same imaginary city that features in the other book. T Aratu she realizes that there is something even dangerous than poisonous snakes on the island She soon makes friends among the Forest People and learns of a plot to overthrow the island's king who lives deaf and sick at his palace on the Cliffs of Death Will Dido and her friends be able to reach him in time. Tuation When everyone else is wasting time wailing over their misfortune Dido rolls up her sleeves and gets to work fixing it Her common sense is invaluable in every storyThere is some woodland witchcraft in this one although it feels like elemental magic The forest women can meditate on the weather and cause it to change They can look into the future too I liked how innocent and clean the magic feels in this story like a part of nature that the forest people can tap into ust by listening They do have some weird beliefs though like that ghosts will steal away a
baby s soul if you don t christens soul if you don t christen right away and that if the population of the island gets too big the ancestors will instruct about a hundred people to commit mass suicide to make room for the others Gah That was creepy But I liked that it gives this eerie backdrop for the story and adds to the mystery of the islandThere are snakes in almost every chapter which freaked me out I hate snakes But mostly people ust throw rocks at them or hit them with a stick and they re dead Only one guy gets bit and has to take medicine for the snake poison Ugh So gross and creepy and yuckI ust adore all the supporting characters Lord Herodsfoot is especially important to the story because we see his proper British self reacting to all the mysteries and enigmas of the island and its people And he s rather dramatic and emotional as a counterpoint to Dido s no nonsense attitudeI loved the forest people that Dido meets They are sweet and kind but also full of secrecy and strange ways and customs The structure of their forest society is so imaginative from the way they eat and drink and build their homes to their odd pets and mode of travelThe story is wonderfully entertaining and an excellent addition to this exciting series On the back cover of my edition of Limbo Lodge is a uote from Philip Pullman What I relish in particular is the swiftness of the telling the vigour with which brilliant moments of perception seem to be improvised in the sheer delight of the onward rush of the story Joan Aiken is a marvelThis adulatory comment said to be from The Guardian is cited everywhere online but I can t discover if it s actually part of his review for this particular book It s certainly true of Limbo Lodge as for all of the Wolves Chronicles but for me what stands out most is how much rich detail Aiken includes and how many corridors leading off from the main narrative avenue ust beg to be explored For example board games are everywhere a metaphor for the moves that Dido Twite and her companions have to constantly make if they are not to lose their lives Twists of fate as illustrated by the Tarot can also determine outcomes There are stern critiues of misogyny racism and colonialism not unexpectedly but also parallels with Shakespeare s late play The Tempest whether consciously introduced or not is hard to decide And given that Arthurian themes pervaded The Stolen Lake the title that chronologically precedes Limbo Lodge there are faint echoes here too of the Once and Future King in Aiken s tale of the medieval sin of accidie and of restorationBut Pullman s description of swift storytelling and the spontaneous vigour shown in brilliant moments of perception is spot on strengths which lead one to first rush down that corridor leaving the side passages to explore in a later rereadingDido now nearly 11 years old at the turn of 1835 has been a reluctant voyager for over two years We discover her in the Moluccas or Maluku Islands which used to be known as the Spice Islands from the end of the European Middle Ages Her ship has been diverted to these waters to as a matter of urgency to search for a certain Lord Herodsfoot who has finally been located at the island of Aratu the so called Island of the Pearl Snakes On landing here Dido and her companions are thrown into immediate eopardy with the wounding of one sailor the impounding of the ship the imprisonment of the doctor followed by the scrobbling of Dido herself Will Lord Herodsfoot ever be found and will Dido uncover the secret of the recluse sovereign who is holed up on the other side of the islandSo far this is all as per usual for our feisty young heroine We expect Dido to get into scrapes investigate mysteries and face up to adversaries in her many adventures what we are unsure of though is how exactly that is to happen Limbo Lodge is for an island paradise surprisingly grim The indigenous forest dwellers are either exploited abused or shunned by the colonists the fauna such as scorpion or sting monkeys pearl snakes and crocodiles are life threatening and the island is in the middle of a zone of active earthuakes and volcanoes In addition the companions have drawn the ire of one Senhor Man. In London in the hope that his games will help King James who is lying ill and wretched with a mysterious disease no doctor can cure Dido's search has taken her to Aratu a mysterious spice island where foreigners seldom venture maybe because of the deadly pearl snakes and sting monkeys thereWhen Dido lands ,