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by Juliet Marillier

eBook Cybele's Secret download ISBN: 0330423541
Author: Juliet Marillier
Publisher: Pan Australia (October 1, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 420
ePub: 1722 kb
Fb2: 1684 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Children's Books
Subcategory: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Juliet Marillier is the author of several highly popular fantasy novels for adults. She is also the author of the teen novel Wildwood Dancing.

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Title: Cybele’s Secret. Author: Juliet Marillier. Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult. Why did I read this book: I love Juliet Marillier’s writing, and I loved Wildwood Dancing. Naturally, I had to have Cybele’s Secret too. Publisher: Knopf Books Publication Date: September 2008 Hardcover: 448 Pages. Stand alone or series: Can be read as a stand alone novel, but is the companion book/sequel to Wildwood Dancing. com) FOR PAULA, ACCOMPANYING her merchant father on a trading voyage to Istanbul is a dream come true.

Juliet Marillier at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Juliet Marillier at Library of Congress Authorities, with 17 catalogue records. v. t. e. Works by Juliet Marillier. The Sevenwaters Trilogy. Daughter of the Forest (1999).

One day out from Constana, the wind had turned contrary and the waters of the Black Sea rose and fell under the Stea de Mare’s belly like a testy horse trying to unseat its rider. He stood perfectly balanced, a veteran of more merchant voyages than he could count. The sail crackled in the wind. The crewmen, grim-jawed and narrow-eyed, were struggling to keep the one-master under control. When they glanced my way, their expressions were hostile

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JULIET MARILLIER is the author of several highly popular fantasy novels for adults, including the Sevenwaters Trilogy and the Bridei Chronicles. She is also the author of the teen novel Wildwood Dancing, featuring many of the same characters as Cybele's Secret.

Cybele’s Secret is best read after Wildwood Dancing, to which it is a companion novel. Welcome to the official site of Juliet Marillier, author of historical fantasy. Juliet’s first novel, Daughter of the Forest, was published in 1999 by Pan Macmillan Australia. The Wildwood books are suitable for young adult readers. An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2009). Winner of New Zealand’s Sir Julius Vogel Award, given to the best young adult novel (2008). She has since published twenty-two historical fantasy novels for adults and young adults, as well as a book of short fiction.

FOR PAULA, ACCOMPANYING her merchant father on a trading voyage to Istanbul is a dream come true. Books related to Cybele's Secret. Escape from Wolfhaven Castle. Silver Eve. Sandra Waugh.

Comments: (7)
I didn't realize that this is actually a sequel to "Wildwood Dancing". However, although there is some mention to events and characters from Wildwood Dancing, this book stands up well on its own, and I enjoyed it even though I hadn't read Wildwood Dancing.

I didn't really like Cybelle's Secret at first. It lacked the feeling of magic and strangeness that I have always loved about Marrilier's other works. I struggled to really become engrossed in the plot, and I didn't find the characters as interesting as I had hoped. Some of the characters I even found predictable and cliche.

However, I thought this book really began to shine by about the halfway point, and I was glad I hadn't given up on it sooner. By about the halfway point, the story becomes a lot more conflict driven and the tone and atmosphere really captures that feeling of magic and strangeness that I have come to expect from Marrilier's work.

Having since read Wildwood Dancing, I would recommend this, but would warn readers that it is somewhat inferior to Wildwood Dancing. Wildwood held me entranced from the beginning. This took longer for me to warm to, and was not quite so memorable. It was a fun read though, and one I'd definitely recommend to Marillier fans. Older readers should not be deterred by its recommended age group. I am 33 years old and enjoyed this book a lot.
The sequel to WILDWOOD DANCING, this novel is in a very different key. While WILDWOOD concerned the retelling of a couple of fairy tales, CYBELE'S SECRET was more like a complex puzzle that the protagonist, Paula had to solve. Although there were supernatural elements present in both novels, in CYBELE'S SECRET, that aspect seemed to be much more contained, while the focus was on a murder mystery/detective type of story, this time set in Turkey. (One great thing about being a novelist is the excuse to visit many exotic and lovely places).

I enjoyed getting to know Paula, one of the younger sisters in WILDWOOD DANCING, and I enjoyed her adventures in Istanboul. I did think that the end was not as well resolved as it could have been. The shocking discovery concerning the scholarly Irene was not set up well, and hit the reader like a two by four out of the blue. And I wasn't convinced that Paula's choice of life partner was going to bring her much satisfaction. But aside from these qualms, this novel is a charming and engrossing read for both adolescents and adults alike. Four stars.
I picked up Cybele's Secret, and I read. And read. And read.

If I had any subconscious fears that Cybele's Secret would not live up to Wildwood Dancing, I was happily mistaken. Although this companion novel is set in a completely different part of the world, following the story of a completely different sister with a completely different personality, this story has equal heart, wisdom, and beauty.

Set six years after Wildwood Dancing, Cybele's Secret tells the story of Paula, know as the scholarly sister in the family, as she sets out on a journey that takes her from her home in Transylvania to the far off and intriguing culture of Istanbul. If able to obtain the highly mysterious ancient artifact known as Cybele's Gift, Paula's entire family will be set for life, and her dream of becoming a trader of books and manuscripts, despite being a young woman in the early 1500s, might become a reality. When it becomes clear that familiar magical forces are at work, Paula sets out on a quest to assist them in the hope of ensuring her family's fortune and her own future.

Strong female leads and love triangles are cliches that crop up so often I am embarrassed to admit they are tending to peeve me a bit these days, but Juliet Marillier knows how to write both with the depth and purpose that makes me remember the power behind those two themes, the oomph that inspires such repetition.

I think one of the biggest strengths of the writing is its subtlety. You never feel like the themes are punching you in the face, yelling for your attention as if you never would have noticed without such harassment. As in real life, realization dawns slowly, naturally, and with the pure delight of discovery. As Paula's eyes open, we see and learn alongside her. And what she sees is amazing.

A well written romance is beautiful and triumphant. It reminds us that true love requires sacrifices and selflessness but gives us a world greater than we could have ever imagined. Great romances counteract the messages of the crappy romances and give us hope if we haven't found it or remind us of how blessed we are if we have found it.

So needless to say, I highly recommend Cybele's Secret, of course after you've finished Wildwood Dancing. If I have done a poor job making the books sound incredible, just take a closer look at their covers! Kinuko Y. Craft's stunning artwork is not only breathtakingly gorgeous, but the detail is mindboggling. After finishing the books, I can't stop peeking over at them and noticing more tiny and yet brilliantly accurate details. I have never seen a set of covers that seemed more like an author's perfect dream. I would love to hang these on my walls.
Although many people are indignant about this book, I actually enjoyed it. It was a wonderful sequel to “Wildwood Dancing”. There characters are memorable and lovable in their own ways, there is plenty of mystery as to the involvement of the other kingdom and the acquisition of what our characters seek, and a wonderful descriptions of the sights and sounds.

I felt as if I had been transported to another world as I followed the main character to the market and to the scholar’s house. It was a lovely book, and a wonderful story. Although I could put it down every once in a while, I always found myself drifting back. I wanted to know what happened next, but at the same time I didn't want the story to end.