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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Australia; New title edition (1 October 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330423541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330423540
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Bewitching despite flaws, this companion to Wildwood Dancing (2007) picks up six years later. Younger sister Paula, who debated philosophy in the Other Kingdom while her sisters danced, now assists Father on a trade journey to Istanbul. They seek Cybele's Gift, an ancient pagan artifact so threatening to the Muslim political powers that all inquiries must be covert. Personal guard Stoyan sleeps protectively across their doorway and escorts Paula to the lone library open to female scholars in this restrictive city. A shock at the artifact's unveiling leads Paula, Stoyan and condescendingly flirtatious pirate Duarte on a journey underneath a mountain, fulfilling quest tasks set by the Other Kingdom. Such challenges supposedly give mortals "wiser hearts," but these riddles and tests have tepid answers. The story takes too long to find momentum, and Marillier troublingly casts both feminism and Islam in a bad light, heavily exoticizing Istanbul. However, despite these weaknesses, genuine emotion and Paula's alluring love story create a memorable page-turner. (Romanian glossary, not seen) (Fantasy. 11-14) (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Juliet Marillier is the author of the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Sevenwaters Trilogy, as well as Wolfskin and Foxmask, and the award-winning Bridei Chronicles. Cybele's Secret is her second novel for young adults. Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, Juliet now lives in a hundred-year-old cottage near the river in Perth, where she writes full-time.


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4.0 out of 5 starsgood book
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4.0 out of 5 starsA complex puzzle of a tale, set in medieval Turkey
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5.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful and triumphant
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4.0 out of 5 starsI actually enjoyed it. It was a wonderful sequel to “Wildwood ...
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