Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. School holds no interest for her, and her new science teacher keeps getting on her case about her dismal test scores and daydreaming in class. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training.
But all is not well in that world. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. A titan of industry employs inmates from his orphanage to work in his machine shop, all the while obsessing over the exploitation of the Impassable Wilderness. And in what will be their greatest challenge yet, Prue and Curtis are thrown together again to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. But in order to do that, they must go under Wildwood.
In Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with the critically acclaimed, best-selling Wildwood.
©2012 Unadoptable Books LLC (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
This is a really good book. Great plot, characters, and themes. I struggled a little with book 1, but taking them in order is important. Colin Meloy is a little monotonic but he obviously knows the book. I'm hooked and moving on to book 3.
I like long, engaging audio books, but this one was mostly just long without being very engaging. I listened at double speed and still found that I was mentally urged the author to "move the story along." Although I knew this was a 'series,' when I bought it, I regret that instead of 3 satisfying stories that enhance each other, the series is just one long, slow-moving story cut into thirds, with little effort to make each book tell a satisfying story that could be interesting even if it had to stand on its own. If I hadn't already bought the concluding book in the series, I would not even bother listening to it...and I still might not bother.
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