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ISBN13: 9780375844744
ISBN10: 0375844740
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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.

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About the Author

Juliet Marillier is the author of several highly popular fantasy novels for adults, including the Sevenwaters Trilogy and the Bridei Chronicles. This is her first novel for teen readers. She lives in Australia.

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Christin, August 24, 2012 (view all comments by Christin)
THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME! I literally could not stop reading it. I started it at about 11 am and finished itat 2 am. I didn’t even stop for meals; I ate while I read.

In Transylvania, there are five sisters raning in age from 16 to 5 years old. The book is told from the POV of the second oldest, Jena. For years, on every Full Moon, the girls have bolted their bedroom door and gone through a portal to the Other Kingdom where they’ve danced the night away with all the amazing creatures that live there. One winter, the girls’ father becomes very ill and has to go far south to a warmer climate because he wouldn’t be able to survive the winter there. He leaves Jena and Tati (the eldest) in charge of the house and his business, but their cousin Cezare has other plans. He wants their father’s business and land for himself. He also wants to destroy the Other Kingdom, which he blames for the death of his brother when they were children. It’s up to Jena to save everything she loves.

This book was so, so good. Really charming. Jena was a great main character. She’s smart and independent, but not infallible. The author does a really great job of making it clear why Jena loves the Other Kingdom so much, even though she’s careful not to make them the happy shiny Victorian-style fairyland. This Kingdom has teeth. But you’re totally rooting for them to survive anyway, and not just because Cezare is so awful.

I especially loved the relationship between Jena and her pet frog, Gogu. Who speaks to her. She’s the only one who can hear him and everyone thinks she’s a little strange because she carries him everywhere she goes and talks to him. But he really can talk to her and it’s a sweet little relationship they have.

I’m a total sucker for stories that incorporate folktale tropes in interesting ways, and this book totally did. The companion novel, 'Cybele's Secret' is excellent as well.
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This is one of my favorite books, modeled after a
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375844744
Author:
Marillier, Juliet
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.04x5.24x.94 in. .73 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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