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On Fortune's Wheel (Kingdom #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  2,242 ratings  ·  133 reviews
"JACKAROO's many fans will willingly...follow the intrepid Birle as Fortune's wheel swings...from drudgery to adventure, from iron servitude to luxury, and then finally to independence."
Fourteen-year-old Birl, an Innkeeper's Daughter, can't imagine herself married to Muir, a hunter who lives in her village. Then, one extraordinary day, she finds a thief untying one
Mass Market Paperback, 289 pages
Published March 2nd 1991 by Fawcett (first published 1990)
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Far and away one of my favorite series of all time. The kingdom series is brilliant. Not only for the very subtle modern allegories tucked into a generally well written fairytale/fable/medieval-ish story, but this series has two assets that I love:

A: You don't have to read them in order. They are very loosely tied together through tiny hints throughout the books. I had many "ooohhhhhhhhh" moments when you figure out how they relate. I think this might be my favorite part of the series.

B: You don
Katie M.
Innkeeper's daughter, check. Made-up 16th-century England-ish land, check. Implausible romance, check. Okay, so if you're only going to read one Cynthia Voigt book make it one of the Tillerman novels and not this one. But good LORD I love this story. It's everything a completely-un-thought-provoking Anglocentric young adult historical fantasy should be: slightly dark, exciting, hopelessly romantic, and completely satisfying. As far as tropes go, I could do without the childlike-giant-with-heart- ...more
Destinee Sutton
I just finished reading Tuck Everlasting, which had this recurring wheel imagery and it reminded me of a book I completely loved when I was twelve or so (I was reminded of it just because of the wheel thing--not because they're similar books). So I type in "wheel" and "fortune" and up it popped, this Cynthia Voigt book. It's not the same cover as the one I had, but I know it's the same book because I remember having a pretend boyfriend named Orien. He was dreamy. I think I can even remember the ...more
Cynthia Voigt’s On Fortune’s Wheel tells the story of two runaway teenagers and their eventual return to their homeland. The central character, Birle, is the younger of the two, and she follows the elder, Orien, who is escaping from his hereditary earldom to leave it to his brother. Birle, though seemingly mature, and about to be married, actually seems more childlike than she realizes—she tells Orien of her machinations to avoid the chores assigned by her stepmother Nan or to foist the work on ...more
May 11, 2010 Ilana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical romance or young adult fantasy.
Recommended to Ilana by: Becca Howe
Shelves: fantasy, mg-and-ya
I'm actually not sure whether this book was meant for young adults or an older audience, but I think it would be fine for all ages. The characters in this book are amazingly well developed and dynamic and I love almost all of them. This is one of those fantasy books where a lot of time passes throughout the story and I could feel it passing even though it skipped around like crazy when nothing important was going on. It was not boring in the slightest and though the plot was definitely not surpr ...more
So, I did a book report in the eighth grade on this book and I randomly remembered it the other day. Someone was reading a book by Cynthia Voigt, and I thought "I know that author, where have I seen that author?" So I went and looked at her works and the only one that was familiar was this one. I can't believe that an author's name looked familiar when the last time I saw it was almost a decade ago, but there ya go.
This is definitely a book to read again.
I barely remember it, but I do remember
I blazed through this book in two days. Birle herself was an utterly compelling heroine--childlike, flawed and human, brave, loyal, and loving. Orien frustrated me at times and at times made me swoon. The story itself is exciting and fraught with danger. The romance and its flowering threaded gently through the plot and provided sound motivation. I also loved how, as the wheel of fortune turns, the characters themselves make their own fortune. The prose was beautiful without being overly ornate ...more
Mailee Pyper
I loved this book, and I am beginning to think I might just love this author. Her writing is so real, from the mundane to the epic it just feels true. I thought the story was both moving and exciting. I was really nervous towards the end that the whole thing was going to flop, and then she pulled out the perfect and yet realistic conclusion.

*Spoiler below*

One of my favorite things about this book is that it took a different track than many books of its type. High ranking nobleman loves insignif

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Let me say how much I HATE the title of this book! It doesn't do justice to the story!

Ok - that's off my chest so I can tell you about the book.

The Kingdom series continues. This an intriguing twist on a series - because this doesn't follow regular idea of a series. Instead of following Gwynn in this story - it skips ahead to her granddaughter, Birle. There are definite parallels between the books - at least at the beginning. It's about an Innkeeper's daughter who is suppo
Beautifully written. I could read this book over and over again. I completely feel in love with the characters of Orien and Birle the moment they appeared in the book. I love Orien so much i have vowed to name my first son after him. The plot is intriguing and full of twists and turns. You find yourself rooting for Birle throughout the story and wishing you were there with her. I don't want to say anyone except go pick up this book!
This book was great! It might have been a little slow in the beginning but that was totally made up for with the amazing ending. There was so many plot twist and unexpected surprises that made the book really likeable. When I read this book I was right there with the characters the whole time, the characters were very relatable.
I liked the way Cynthia Voigt slowly introduced the characters. She did not give the reader a information dump in the beginning of the story.
I loved the way Cynthia Vo
I read this book over and over in my teens and loved it. It's a beautiful love story.

I've never actually read Jackaroo, though I'd like to now, and never knew that it was a "second book" as it really stood solid on it's own.
I cannot believe Birle just took off like that! Something really bad could have happened to her. Oh, wait. That's exactly what did happen. Will someone come to save her? Cynthia Voight sure can tell a story!
I found this book in the young adult section of the library on my way to the children's section. I am a sucker for historical fiction, with a romantic twist. I really liked it.

Tonya Neepa
It has been a while since I finished this book, but I was mildly impressed. Don't get me wrong, it was not bad. I enjoyed the style of writing and a couple of the protagonists' adventures, but some of them I could do without. I think what annoyed me the most was that the story hit too many "cliches."

Innkeeper's daughter. Doomed to marry she didn't love. Immediately falls in love with the heir to royalty...not to mention kidnapped by pirates, sold to slavery, and making an uncanny but useful frie
I am passing on beloved books to make room for more. I really must share my enjoyment of Cynthia Voigt's Kingdome series!
Love story: medieval adventure: slavery, prince, giants. This books is STILL amazing as an adult.
This is the sequel to Jackaroo, set in the same universe but two generations after the previous book; On Fortune's Wheel is again the story of a young girl from that family, another Innkeeper's Daughter like the last. Birle has agreed to marry a huntsman, even though she's only just of marriageable age, but is getting cold feet. When she spots a mysterious stranger stealing her father's boat, Birle intervenes and ends up travelling downriver with him.

The mysterious stranger is, of course, much m
A beautiful story of love and courage

From the moment she looks into the deep blue eyes of the young lord she found stealing a boat the previous night, Birle knows she’ll love him forever. She’s also painfully aware that her love will never be: he’s a lord, she, an innkeeper's daughter. Not that it matters anyway, as the lord sees in her only a child. Content just to be with him for the time being, Birle convinces the lord to let her come with him.

For days they travel down the river, Birle’s prac
I wanted to like this book, especially since it was recommended to me by a friend. The writing itself is really good, and I like the character interactions (when they focus on the characters' conflicting worldviews instead of romance), and the world is intriguing... but the protagonist infuriates me too much to continue.

The main character's name is Birle, and she is probably the dumbest and most annoying protagonist I've ever seen.

Exhibit A: One night she sees a stranger steal her father's boa
Becky B
While I found Jackaroo surprisingly enjoyable and could not believe I hadn't heard of it before, I had mixed feelings about its sequel, On Fortune's Wheel. The premise is interesting, the granddaughter of Burle and Gwyn, Birle, is now the innkeeper's daughter of marriageable age. She finds herself on an unexpected journey with a runaway Lord (Orien) when she tries to stop this strange man from stealing a boat, falls hopelessly in love with him (because their social status differences make it rid ...more
I would give between 3 and 4 stars on this. I find the plot line interesting and it seems realistic. The Birle/Orien relationship kind of bugs me in parts, though. I feel like it is sort of unbalanced. It probably is not actually that unbalanced ultimately, but in the events described in the book, she is the one doing most of the rescuing and most of the caring because she has stronger feelings for him than he does for her. He balances this out by making a big sacrifice for her at the end and al ...more
Referring to the medieval concept of human destiny inexorably revolving both up oen side and down the other on the wheel of Fate, this novel introduces yet another strong, resilient heroine. Divided into three parts readers realize that she will change from being an Inkeeper's daughter, to a philosopher's amanuensis (alchemist's assistant) to being an Earl's lady--or perhaps not quite. On her journey of self- and world-discovery in this unnamed region with a Middle Ages mentality 14-year-old Bir ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I made it through about half of this. The author is very good at providing sensory/descriptive detail about setting. However, there just wasn't enough in the way of readerly payoff to keep my interest going. The characters spend most of the time being afraid, but we don't really know why. That's a somewhat unfair oversimplification. However, while the basic premise is interesting, the way it's handled is not. It made me think of Shards of Honor. Except there the characters actually talked to eac ...more
I have a really clear memory of picking this book up off a library display in middle school--probably around the time when we had to read Homecoming--and being blown over by dipping into that sort of medieval-ish world with a sweeping Cinderella story. So I was curious about how well it'd hold up. Mainly the story is much simpler than I had remembered it, but still a fun read.
Voigt's fantasy novel is an enjoyable read, especially for romantics. Birle meets her one true love (she knows him by his bell flower blue eyes) and gives up her life as an innkeeper's daughter to follow him in a dangerous adventure. A nice touch is Birle's rescuing Orien, rather than vice-versa. In fact, the best aspect of this book is that Birle is independent and unwilling to settle for less than she deserves, even where her one true love is concerned.
I read this book in my mid-teens, and really enjoyed it! Within the past 10 years since first reading it, I have probably read it several times. It's an easy read, and is suitable for all ages. This book makes me feel like I'm visiting an old friend, and I always finish with a goofy smile on my face. Yes it's a bit predictable, but it's a wonderful escape. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a nice easy read.
I'll admit, this book looked intimidating when my best friend handed it to me and told me to read it. It's a thick little book and having just started up school again, I'm crunched for time. But I found this book extremely engaging and an easy read. I liked the detailed world the author Cynthia Voigt had created. It was very interesting. My only complaint is that I felt the relationship between the two main characters was forced, even at the end. I had to suspend my disbelief towards the end as ...more
In terms of the Kingdom series: a relatively moderate to highly enjoyable read.
It's got adventure, they go to different places where they experience different social standings than what they are each used to. In this sense, it's a fruitful story that matches its title. I've reread this one a few times and would jump at any opportunity to do it again, so it's definitely worth trying out for first-timers.

In terms of literature in general, I would say it isn't the best out there, but it also isn'
I love that is a beautiful story all it's own, but that it's part of a world where connections live on from one to the next.

In the beginning it may seem like foolishness. A young girl is contrary, and sees only her own problems from her limited perspective. But her rash decision builds her story and each step grows her.

Being twice Birle's age, I can remember how these are the challenges of adolescence. You experience the consequences for quick, or thoughtless decisions, and come through into b
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Cynthia Voigt is an American author of books for young adults dealing with various topics such as adventure, mystery, racism and child abuse.

Angus and Sadie: the Sequoyah Book Award (given by readers in Oklahoma), 2008
The Katahdin Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Anne V. Zarrow Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Margaret Edwards Award, for a body of work, 1995
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Other Books in the Series

Kingdom (4 books)
  • Jackaroo (Kingdom, #1)
  • The Wings of a Falcon (Kingdom, #3)
  • Elske (Kingdom, #4)
Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle, #1) Dicey's Song (Tillerman Cycle, #2) A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle, #3) Jackaroo (Kingdom, #1) Izzy, Willy-Nilly

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“...When this map was made, there was only empty forest in the south," Gran told Birle.
"Not empty," Granda corrected her. "The forest is never empty.”
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