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 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 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.
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.