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Publisher's Summary

Listeners everywhere were transported by the 100 cupboard doors leading to 100 worlds of adventure in the best-selling 100 Cupboards series! Now, whether you're new to the series or can't wait to know where the cupboards came from, you'll want to open the cupboard door to this action-packed fantasy where friendships are forged, dark forces are challenged, and the adventure begins!

Hyacinth Smith can see things that others miss, stop attack dogs from attacking, and grow trees where no trees have grown before. But she's never had a real home. When her father tells them they've inherited a house from their great-aunt, Hyacinth sees trouble brewing. Their great-aunt has been playing with forces beyond her control, using her lightning-tree forest to create doors to other worlds. When one door opens, two boys tumble through...bringing with them a battle with the undying witch-queen, Nimiane. Hyacinth, together with the boys, must use her newfound magic and all of her courage to journey straight into the witch's kingdom in a daring plan to trap evil and kill the immortal.

©2017 N. D. Wilson (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"A must-read series!" ( The Washington Post)
"This fast-paced fantasy features empathetic heroes and horrifying monsters." ( School Library Journal)

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If Siri read you a book

I am so sad. I have so looked forward to this book and I can't listen to it because the narration is awful! A couple of times I thought maybe a computer was reading it. How could they do this to such a great series?

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awesome prequel

it was nice to revisit the "100 cupboards" series once more and get a bit of background story for some of the characters. apparently it is linked also to the "Dragon Tooth" series (although i didn't read it yet). I was expecting a bit more of the final plot but it ended pretty fast, still awesome none the less.

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great prequel! just as good as the others.

Loved the story. A little grim for very young listeners, but great for 4th grade and up depending on the child. Very surpelrised that the quality of the story was equal to that of the other books. This was not just a "money maker" using the success of the Cupboard series, but an authentic pre story of its own.

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Wonderful Story Filled with Warmth

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This is the perfect story to listen by yourself or with a loved one.

What did you like best about this story?

I love how the plot twists and turns tying perfectly together. Prequels can be a tricky thing, and this one is done to perfection!

Which scene was your favorite?

It's hard to pick one!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I always try to listen to something like this as a complete entity. I don't pick it apart. Like any good book there is something special in every beginning, middle, and end.

Any additional comments?

I read a review saying that it seemed that this audiobook sounded like Siri. I think that's simply ridiculous. Kathleen Gati has done a masterful job of telling the story with warmth and focus, while at the same time allowing the listener to paint their own picture as they follow along. This is not meant to be an animated movie with "character voices". Ms Gati's voice masterfully draws you into the story without ever overpowering it. Bravo.