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.
Romania. Five sisters live with their father in Piscul Dracului, an enchanted palace where a portal opens every FullMoon to allow them to partecipate to a marvellous dance with the Fairy Folk.When their father gets sick, he has to move to a hotter
..."hotter place, so the girls remain alone. Things gets complicated when the older sister, Tania, falls in love with a terrible creature of the OtherWorld, and Cezar, theirs cousin, become more and more arrogant.
Very predictable (I was expecting even the "shocking" [I'm ironic] end)... Maybe, after the Sevenwaters Trilogy, I was expecting something more from Juliet Marillier.
I just can't seem to get away from Marillier's books! I recommend this one to everyone who has enjoyed the Sevenwaters Trilogy.The story for once is not set in northern Europe but in rural Transylvania where five adventurous sisters have discovered
..."overed an enchanted world but because of their bully cousin things start to go wrong. Again (like Marillier's other books) everything that happens has a reason: the finding of the realm, the main character's best friend who's a frog, and other things. And in the end I found myself wondering why I hadn't put everything into place earlier! lol I must admit that some characters do resemble those of the Sevenwaters trilogy: Jena (the protagonist) reminds me of Liadan and the cousin of Eamon. But still it is a simple story of friendship, true love, adventure and magical creatures that will keep the reader glued to every page. Wonderful!Continua...Nascondi
This is a great book with an interesting turn at the end. I enjoy fantasy novels, but this was delightful. While much of the plot was rather predictable, the ending was twisty. I laughed aloud at the way it ended.