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On Fortune's Wheel

On Fortune's Wheel

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Birle has agreed to be wed to the huntsman Muir as an escape from the drudgery of life at her father's inn-but the moment she looks into the bellflower blue eyes of the man she comes upon stealing one of her fathers boats, Birle knows she cannot marry Muir. Even after she discovers the mysterious stranger is Orien, a Lord and as unreachable to an innkeeper's daughter

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Birle has agreed to be wed to the huntsman Muir as an escape from the drudgery of life at her father's inn-but the moment she looks into the bellflower blue eyes of the man she comes upon stealing one of her fathers boats, Birle knows she cannot marry Muir. Even after she discovers the mysterious stranger is Orien, a Lord and as unreachable to an innkeeper's daughter as a star, Birle is determined to travel with him as far as he will allow.

Their travels take Birle to a world far from home, a world where Lords may become slaves, where Princes rule by fear, and where Fortune's Wheel turns more swiftly and dangerously than Birle ever could have imagined.

Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt's second novel of the Kingdom, set two generations later than Jackaroo, is a memorable combination of thrilling adventure and heart-stopping romance.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The fourth and final title in Voigt's Kingdom cycle (begun with Jackaroo) is thrilling, from its dramatic opener to its stunning climax. Newcomers to the Kingdom books can read it with as much pleasure as fans of the entire series (and without ruining for themselves the surprises of those previous works). Set in an imaginary continent that resembles medieval Europe, the story begins in the brutal realm of the Wolfers, a ruthless people among whom 12-year-old Elske has been raised and, horrifyingly, chosen for a sacrificial death. How Elske escapes this fate is the first of many ingeniously plotted turns, reversals that depend on the heroine's intelligence and determination rather than coincidence or authorial sleight-of-hand. There is much to marvel at. Voigt demonstrates a remarkable breadth of imagination in dreaming up the customs of the various lands Elske moves through; e.g., a Scandinavian-type city builds a thriving economy by hosting biannual "courting winters" for young marriageable, wealthy foreigners. The cast also includes a princess wrongfully deprived of a throne (and willing to go to war to claim it) and a man worthy of Elske but chosen for one of the princess's sisters. The characterizations are as sharp and uncompromising as Voigt's readers have come to expect, and the narration never tips the author's hand. This spellbinding work continually challenges readers to keep up with its far-seeing, swift-thinking protagonist. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) FYI: The Vermeer masterpiece that appears on the jacket, Head of a Girl (a painting that also appears this season on the cover of the adult novel Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier), links Elske with the simultaneously reissued paperback of another novel in the Kingdom cycle, On Fortune's Wheel (S&S/ Aladdin, $5.50 -82957-4), the jacket of which features Vermeer's Woman Reading a Letter. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Cynthia Voigt's writing has always been a class act, so it's a pleasure to see this reissue of her second book in "The Kingdom" series. Set in the same nebulous medieval world a generation or two after Jackaroo, the tale follows the adventures of Birle, the Innkeeper's daughter, as she unexpectedly takes flight to larger horizons in the company of a runaway nobleman. It's an adventure, a coming-of-age story, a poignant romance-and a realistic exploration of medieval feminism long before Karen Cushman-all wrapped up in one beautifully written package. May a whole new generation of readers become entranced. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-- Two generations after Jackaroo (Atheneum, 1985) takes place, another innkeeper's daughter finds herself outside the boundaries of her society. Like Lloyd Alexander, Voigt creates a setting in no known historical past, but with many medieval echoes. Birle, 14, tries to stop a boat thief and instead becomes his passenger as he flees downriver. The thief, however, is no ordinary man but Lord Orien, the next ruler of the Kingdom who is running away because he is convinced that he will be an ineffectual leader. The two become marooned on an island, and are then sold into service. Without Orien, Birle submits to her bad fortune, works hard, and befriends others held in thrall by one master or another. It is only when she acknowledges her desires and begins to work to achieve them that she is able to rescue a nearly dead Orien. Birle is a thoughtful heroine, Orien a worthy hero, and the sudden confusion both feel over the roles assigned to them is nicely resolved. Realizing that free will, at least in part, determines their future, both separately renounce the roles society has made for them to begin a life. Readers may wonder how Orien, Birle, and their baby will manage in the fierce anarchy of the southern cities, but at least they will be making their own way, not following the ways defined by ``fortune's wheel.'' This coming-of-age story at first moves slowly, but that makes the horror of enslavement even more dramatic. Voigt presents the horrors of slavery and despotic rule as seen through Birle's eyes, and readers are left with many powerful images of the consequences of acting dishonorably, weakly, selfishly, or thoughtlessly. --Susan Hepler, Arlington Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780706576
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Cynthia Voigt's Kingdom Series
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

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On Fortune's Wheel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Well written, very nice book. However, I liked the character of Birle less than the character of Gwynn. I felt Gwynn had much more purpose to her life than Birle.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book got me into reading Voigt's other Novels of the Kingdom. I loved it so much. It touched my heart. I will be sad when I finish reading all the others. I will read this book again and again and I will pass it on to others!The others are good, but this one touched me in a special way. It is the best out of all of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this book touched my heart. I couldn't put it down. I've read it 5 times and still want to read it again. If this was made into a movie I would watch it over and over again. Great characters! Great Story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book I imidiately decided it was my favorite. This may have been because I was twelve and had just discovered romance. But, I've gotten over that and it's still great! Though there's no magic it definately reads like fantasy(which I've always been a sucker for). Yeah, it's romantic, but there's also plenty of adventure and other emotions involved. Recomended to all you girls out there who read to get your heart stolen by book characters and then laugh at yourself for it later :-D
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books of all time! Full of adventure from the moment Birle is introduced. I highly reccomend this great story! Birle, Orien, Yul, and even the corrupt Corbell are believable, realistic charachters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really good. The beginning was a little boring, but don't put the book down yet!! Birle's enslavement was my favorite part of the book. It is described in such detail through the eyes of a 14 year-old. The ending was AMAZING!!!I would have never guessed it!! Read the book, and I know you will agree with me!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Anyone who likes adventure and romance will too. At first, I thought this book was boring, but after a while the mystery of 'the Lord' and complexity of Birle had me hooked. I felt as if I was there through their amazing journey. I could not put it down; On Fortune's Wheel had me captivated till the very end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was sooo good!I know I must have read it more than 5 times,and I could never put it down it was so great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to any of you out there that like historical fiction/adventure. Though I admit that it took several chapters to get me completely immersed in this wonderful story, I couldn¿t have wanted a better book to read. It certainly was a captivating tale with beautiful descriptions and smooth wording that all flowed together beautifully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beryl follows the man she falls in love with from her dull life as Innkeeper's daughter to a fearful land where they are torn apart and kept as slaves and only united in war. The ending couldn't have been better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Sometimes I was reading it before I went to bed I wouldn't be able to put it down and I stay up realy late. It is a very good book for people that like historical fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If this book was boring anytime throughout the book( which it wasn't) the ending would make up for it all by itself! O that ending was such a wonderful ending. It was the best ending I have read in forever!Ok I thought the story was great...her time as a slave the escape. All was Great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was great. i don't usually like endings to books but this one i loved. i reall recomend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and it soon became my favorite book of all time! I loved the suspense between Birle and Orien, if they were going to end up together or not. Great character development, and plot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i dont read much, but when i started readin this one, i couldnt put it down. its so descriptive and makes you get into the book with the characters. it was the best book ive ever read, and ive actually now read it three times! i recommend it to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great. Cynthia Voigt is a great writer and can write fantasies and romance and then also girls stuggle through life (the tillerman serries) All her books are great, but i think i like the Kingdoms serries the best! and especially on fortunes wheel! It has romance, adventure, and a girls struggle through life to find herself. After I was done I wish their was more to it! and i had to go out and get the next book in the serries, out of all of the books i think jackaroo and on fortunes wheel are the best but the others are really good too!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's real and you feel like you have lived Birle's life. I have read it about 10 times and never get tired of it. I can not put it down. The begininng is might be slow if you need fast paced books, but once you get into it , it catches your attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book is one of the best I've read since Shakespeare. It was a wonderful story full of suspense I think.I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read.