Book Review: Wildwood DancingAuthor: Juliet Marillier
Published: January 2007
Series: Wildwood #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It's an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle's hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm.
But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he's there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena's sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom--an impossible union it's up to Jena to stop.
When Cezar's grip of power begins to tighten, at stake is everything Jena loves: her home, her family, and the Other Kingdom she has come to cherish. To save her world, Jena will be tested in ways she can't imagine--tests of trust, strength, and true love.
My Two Cents
Curse this summer! I am waaay behind on reviews. And it doesn't help that my child thinks that the sun and being outside is the bomb diggety. But that puts me behind. So excuse me for the next few short reviews. And there isn't much more I havn't already said to profess my undying love to Juliet Marillier. She just gets me with regards to my nerdy fantasy side and hopeless romantic. Wildwood Dancing is no exception. With less "wordiness" than her adult novels, Marillier is still able to create a delightful, mysterious world that keeps you guessing the whole way through. I will admit I put off this book forever because I heard there were vampires (and ever since Twilight I have been adverse to these blood sucking fiends!). But why did I even doubt? Marillier makes Edward and Bella look like child's play. I loved Wildwood Dancing, 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this to everyone! Go...get on the Marillier bandwagon!