AUTHOR: Juliet Marillier
GENRE: Fiction, Fantasy and Historic Fiction
AGE GROUP: Young Adult- 14 and up
SETTING(S) : Piscul Dracului in Transylvanian and Other Kingdom
SUBJECT: Trust, Strength and True Love
MAIN CHARACTERS: Tatiana, Jenica, Iulia, Paula, Stela,”Frog” Gogu, Florica, Petru, “Father” Teodor, Uncle Nicolae, Aunt Bogdana, Cousin Cezar, Cousin Costi, Sorrow, Grigori, Anatolie, Sten, “Witch of the Woods” Draguta, Leaders of Light People: Ileana and Marin,Leaders of Night People: Tadeusz and Anastasia.
BOOK SUMMARY: 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. ~ Read More!
MY SUMMARY: Three kids finds themselves playing in the enchanted woods of Taul Ielelor. Where they come across an unlikely character who promises them they can be King of the Land, King of the Lake and Queen of the Fairies but it would cost them. Would you give up something and to what cost?
~Years later. Jenica and her sisters during every full moon travels to an enchanted forest where they meet every enchanted creature imagined. Until there world is turned upside down when they father has to travel to a warmer climate to get well. This gives there Cousin Cezar the opportunity to try to control them and take over. They are also introduced to some dark creatures that causes Jenica some more problems. Will Jenica and her sister be able to survive the winter without their father? What kind of life will they have when or if he comes back?
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MY REVIEW: Someone suggested this book to me during a book club meeting. I read it after finished reading Entwined which both share similar themes. Where a group of sisters find an enchanted world and in turn find themselves. At the end they loose the access of the world because they no longer need it.
I found this book very inspiring, easy to read and complex. I could not put it down. When I mean complex there are so many twist and turns that it keeps the plot interesting. As a reader you keep on piecing the pieces of the plot until the very end.
QUOTES AND INSPIRATIONS:
Gogu: Pride comes before a fall? Change can be frightening. pg 57
Draguta: What will be, will be. Everything has a price. pg 285
Forest Queen Ileana: Death is final. What we ask of you is simply the recognition of change. Your is a world of constant change. You must learn to change, too. pg 325
Forest Queen Ileana: You spend a great deal of time worrying… trying to shape your world as you believe it should be… You must learn to trust …. pg 325