Juliet Marillier’s CYBELE’S SECRET (WILDWOOD #2)

The sequel to WILDWOOD DANCING, this novel is in a very different key. The supernatural elements present in WILDWOOD DANCING are contained in CYBELE’S SECRET. WILDWOOD retells fairy tales, CYBELE’S SECRET is a complex puzzle that the protagonist has to solve.

In short, CYBELE’S SECRET is a murder mystery 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 the protagonist, Paula, one of the younger sisters in WILDWOOD DANCING, and I enjoyed her adventures in Istanbul. However, the ending was not as well resolved as it could have been. The shocking discovery concerning the scholarly Irene was not set up well. 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.