Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Genre:  Fantasy

# of Pages:  400

RAC Book:  Yes

2010 Iowa High School Book Award

Jena and her four sisters use a secret portal to sneak into the woods to dance with the magical creatures every full moon.  When Jena’s father gets ill and is sent away to recover, she is left in charge and her cousin Cezar begins to take over.  Cezar believes that women are frail and need to be looked after by men.  As Jena struggles to take care of her sisters, their home, and her father’s business she always has her best friend, Gogu, by her side.  Gogu is a talking frog that only she can hear.  As Cezar becomes frantic trying to control the five sisters, Jena starts to worry that all is not well in the wildwoods either.  Can she protect her sisters and everyone else she cares about from a power hungry dictator?

This fantasy story begins a little slowly as the characters are introduced, but accelerates quickly as the family battles Cezar on a daily basis.  There are some twists and turns along the way, but a few are fairly easy to predict.  The end will leave readers wanting more.  Highly recommended for fantasy lovers.

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2 Responses to “Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier”


  1. 1 Christine E. Schulze May 30, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you for this brief but encouraging review. I started reading this book a while ago and found it to be slow at the beginning, as you say, but now I may go back and read the rest of it.

    Please excuse me for asking this question here, but I write fantasy books for young adults and wanted to inquire how I might contact you in regards to your possibly reviewing one of my books? You can reach me at this email address:
    ChristineESchulze@gmail.com

    Thank you.

  2. 2 Evie Dander April 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I have read the book and OMG…it was awesome. I love fantasy books but this one blew me away. It had amazing plots and everything fits. Oh to mention- you should write another book but from Tatiana’s point of view or a continuation of Jena’s with Costi. This would be amazing if you did because then, people will want to read more. I wanted to ask you if you can help me with my book, well writing…it would be most respected.


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