Wildwood Dancing

Wildwood Dancing

by Juliet Marillier
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Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375844744
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Series: Wildwood Dancing Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 207,994
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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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Wildwood Dancing 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
Reads_a_lot More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Wildwood Dancing for the second time. This book-I'll tell you right now- will make you laugh, scream, and cry. You'll hate some characters, and love others. You'll be yelling at Jena: telling her exactly what to do even though she won't listen. The ending is beautifully written and warms my heart each time I think about it. I most surely recommend this book to all who love fantasy, adventure, and true love. Go on, read it. You know you want to ;)
yo_mariah46 More than 1 year ago
i love fantasy books and this is another one to add to my list of favorites. i was surprised all the way to the end. i highly recomend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best fairy tales I have ever read
Karigan More than 1 year ago
Wildwood Dancing is for those of you who enjoy romance and fantasy. The book is supposed to be based off of 12 Dancing Princesses, but consider it a mixture between that and The Princess and the Frog. I found much of the book highly reminiscent of The Sevenwaters Trilogy. There were many elements that were the same: two brothers falling in love with the same girl, a forest that is a gateway to the Realm of Fae, a lovesick older sister and so on. However, the book was wonderful. It was one of those perfect books that had everything you could ever want in a book: mystery, magic, a beautiful setting, romance, and all tied up with a happy ending. The main character Jena is not a Mary Sue and is quite flawed, making the story altogether more interesting. You feel proper emotion for everything in the story. Frustration, anger, hate for the villains, and love for all of Jena's sisters. Beautifully written (Juliet Marillier is a fantastic autor), lovely story, great characters...an enticing book that is worth buying and rereading several times. The more adventerous sequel, Cybele's Secret, is just as good, if not better than Wildwood Dancing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! If you are a fan of good vs. evil, true love, and magical places, you will enjoy "Wildwood Dancing." There is an unexpected twist at the end that will have you shocked and wanting more! The main chacater, Jenica, must try to hold her family together and learns a lesson in following her instincts.
Mr_Porter More than 1 year ago
Wildwood dancing is about five sisters, their father, and their cosins. When they found a portel in Jena's bedchamber the all go thourgh it and discover another kingdom called wildwood. When their father gets really ill and is sent away the sisters are on their own. Jena has a enchanted frog named Gogu he helpes her deside if she should marry or save the Wildwood from harm.On one of the full moons Tatiania falls in love with a night person, also known as a vampire. Jena tries to keep them apart for as long as she can. So if you like magical lands, forbiden lovers, dangers that await, and enchanted frogs then you would like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love everything by Juliette Marillier. This is my favorite after Daughter of The Forest. I couldn't wait to go to bed at night to read it.
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I read entwinded and loved it ( its just another name for the 12 dancing princesses) i hope this is as good
Valette More than 1 year ago
 can't believe I've never read this before! I have a small disclaimer to very quickly make: I finished this book at 1:00 a.m. and books tend to seem better then than they really are, but then again, I stayed up till one reading it.        Jena's matter-of-fact character was a breath of fresh air. She wasn't snarky, comical, or angsty. She was just nice. And, though I do enjoy a good sarcastic character, it was nice. As the second oldest left with the responsibility of her family, she was very sympathetic. I loved her and could safely wish her a happy-ever-after. But Cezar! He made my blood boil! (Which, to be honest, was kind of the point. So it was good.) Tati and Sorrow were perfect and lovely together. And to top off this cake of beautifully crafted characters was Gogu (Jena's pet frog). He had such a strong will for a frog. Characters: 5 Stars        Wildwood Dancing is very loosely based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses, but it didn't take the same overused path of narratio. It took an entirely new angle, one that managed to be classic and incorporate the mystical nature of Transylvania while still being unexpected and exciting. I thought I saw what was coming, but I didn't (admittedly, I am quite gullible). It was satisfying, and bitter-sweet. Plot: 4.5 Stars         The book did start out a bit slow and excessively wordy, but this aspect faded out after the first few chapters. Those chapters are definitely worth sticking through, and I think this narration helped reinforce Jena's character. It also brought to mind the straight forward nature of fairy tales and made the tale more beautiful. Style: 4 Stars Rating: 4.5
gbarrera More than 1 year ago
I fell in live with thisbook in high school, that was 3 years ago and ive been dying for her to ckme out with another teen book! I loved this book so very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have reread since!
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I totally love this book! Go Jenna and Costi! :)
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This is one of my absolute favorite books. Its a nice spin on the 12 dancing princesses. I just keep rereading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wildwood Dancing is one of the most beautifully written books I have read. The details and imagination put into it make you feel part of a magical world. Wildwood Dancing reminded me that even though I am getting older, the world is still a magical place, we just have to change images of our fairy princesses. I recomend this book to everyone.
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Poignant, beautiful, and extremely complex in its own way.
bookrunner More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It is a great blend of fantasy, romance and strong female characters. Characters are well developed and the book is well written. It will keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
In the wilds of Transylvania, set on a high spur of rock next to the Wildwood, rests a castle named Piscul Dracului. The castle itself is unexceptional, old and crumbling as it is. Looking at it, you would never know it hides a portal to the Other Kingdom. Each full moon five sisters travel through the portal into a magical glade where they dance with creatures rarely seen outside of fairy tales--fairies, dwarves, trolls and other creatures only whispered about back home. For nine years of full moons, the sisters have gone dancing in the Other Kingdom. Until now, the secret of the portal has been safe in Wildwood Dancing (2007) by Juliet Marillier. Part retelling of the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses; part reinterpretation of classic vampire lore, Wildwood Dancing is an eerie, atmospheric story of forbidden love, precious gifts, and otherworldly creatures. Marillier's writing is rich and vivid, immediately transporting readers to the world of Jena (the narrator) and her sisters. Although dense with foreign terms (defined in a glossary at the end of the book) and unusual names (explained in a pronunciation guide at the end of the book), this story is sure to quickly enchant readers looking for a classic fantasy story with an original twist. All of the sisters are distinct and well-developed characters who bring their own charms to the story. Although the eldest, Tati, grew tiresome as a lovesick heroine, she provided a good counterpoint to sensible Jena who prefers the company of her enchanted frog Gogu to the prospect of marriage. Wildwood Dancing is largely a story about characters rather than events. Marillier takes her time getting to the crux of the story, using the beginning of the book to establish the setting and the characters, only to ultimately create a powerhouse, page turning, ending with unlikely twists and unexpected consequences for all of the sisters. The story of Jena's younger sister Paula continues in Cybele's Secret, a companion to Wildwood Dancing. Possible Pairings: The War for the Oaks by Emma Bull, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford, The New Policeman by Kate Thompson, A Well-Timed Enchantment by Vivian Vande Velde