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Wolf Star (Claidi Journals #2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,092 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
The day before Claidi's wedding, she is kidnapped and taken to a mountaintop palace in the shadow of an unearthly star. Wolf Star Rise is the stuff of nightmares, with rooms that change and move for no apparent reason. The only human there is Prince Venn. Neither Claidi nor Venn knows why they are at the Rise. Can the two escape from the maze of taboo, repression, and myst ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 8th 2002 by Puffin Books (first published 2000)
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Sep 30, 2013 Buddy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Buddy by: Pickles Cat
Staple of my childhood. I read this before the first book but it wasn't hard to catch up. There are some books that leave an indelible mark in your fur, and this one is an example of that.

Claidi, the main character, was a refreshing protagonist imo. I think Tanith Lee did a fantastic job crafting her voice to be just the right combination of likability, relatability, quirkiness, and hilarity. It's really the voice, not the plot, that drives this book (and in fact, the rest of the books in the se
I know I have read the first book and this book of this series. I had no memory of the first book. This one, my memory was as follows:

"Girl who writes in a diary is abducted by people in a hot air balloon. She is taken to a palace in a cliff that has a big waterfall"

I wasn't too far off.

It was kind of boring.

Sorry Tanith, you know I love you.
Anne Osterlund
Jun 10, 2014 Anne Osterlund rated it liked it
Claidi is kidnapped. On the day of her wedding, no less. She is swept across the sky in a balloon and then sent far, far away to THERE. A jungle island with giant rabbit-tigers, a handful of lifelike dolls, and one young man who absolutely seems to despise her.

She’s not certain why. If the stupid house would stop switching all its rooms around and just stay STILL, she might be able to figure it out.

Wolf Star is the second installment of Tanith Lee’s fantasy series about the heroine. I liked Venn
Feb 10, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice sequel to the first book. I enjoyed the mystery at the beginning and subsequent unraveling throughout the rest. Though for a while this felt like a lot of filler. Incredibly fast and easy read, though. And a definite need to read for those that enjoyed the first.
I really don't wanna give away much but the story of the Prince is quite sad.
Eleanor Ambrose
Dec 15, 2014 Eleanor Ambrose rated it really liked it
This is the second or third time I've read this book in the last 10 years and I still love it every time! Tanith Lee outdoes herself in the second book of the Claidi Journals. Her imaginative descriptions populate her world with a wide variety of interesting creatures and places to behold. As the reader you are her friend and dearest confidante. I think the author really got into the swerve of writing in the journal style in this book. It's less awkward and choppy in its transitions in compariso ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Morgan rated it it was ok
I was planning on rating this book one star, as I was confused through most of it, and I really don't like the main character. I think she's whiny, mean, and spoiled. But I decided on two because of Venn. I really grew to love him, and I felt my emotions being tugged on due to him. This earned the book a higher rating for me.
Apr 29, 2015 Ava rated it liked it
Wolf Star is the second book in The Claidi Journals, a quartet written as the fictional journals of Claidi as she goes out into the world, leaving the only home she'd ever known and encountering more than her fair share of bumps along the way. Lee has captured Claidi's voice wonderfully, making her an interesting and sympathetic narrator, and it is easy to fall into the amusingly quirky world being described.

This book opens with Claidi once again in trouble, this time kidnapped by air balloons r
Megan Kirby
May 23, 2014 Megan Kirby rated it liked it
Wow this is a weird book! The first Claidi book followed pretty standard YA fantasy quest lines, and this one went a little crazy. Claidi gets kidnapped and ends up at a CRAZY STEAMPUNK CASTLE IN A JUNGLE. I did not… see that coming? The bulk of Wolf star's adventure takes place The Rise, a clockwork palace that constantly shifts and rearranges itself. After such a straightforward riding-horses-traveling-to-towns-etc. structure in the first book, this was a nice change of pace.

Anyway, to the nit
Ahmad Sharabiani
Feb 10, 2016 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 21th-century
Wolf Star (Claidi Journals #2), Tanith Lee
May 01, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Follow Claidi in her second adventure far from everything familiar (again).

Just as Claidi thought she had escaped forever from the grasp of the evil Wolf Tower, she is snatched away on her wedding day and taken to a jungle on the edge of the world. Deep inside the perilous jungle is a palace on a cliff, the Rise. Not only is the place practically empty, but the rooms also move of their own accord. Prince Venn is the only other human (barring the strange house attendants Claidi soon calls friends
Oct 28, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it
Ok Let me say fist I did not read the 1st book in this series as I did not know this was a series. Now about this book. It started off very confusing as you have no clue what the whole wolf thing is about. At the start I felt like I was pulled into the book as the story went along. The main leads were very well written and though out, the plot was interesting and had an almost new twist to it. Howeve I finished the last sentance in this book and actually said out loud," You have got to be kiddin ...more
Jul 31, 2013 Isana rated it liked it
Talk about a book where nothing happens! For around the first hundred pages, this was the most boring book. I wanted to stop reading it, but it's so short that I figured I might as well. The characters were all right. I don't like Claidi all that much, but the new side characters were pretty interesting. Venn was a simultaneously interesting and horrid person, so his character was probably the most well done. There were some twists, which weren't surprising, but still sort of fun.

Overall, it was
May 31, 2016 Tena rated it liked it
Throughout this entire book I kept wishing Claidi would go into more detail about the different cultures and environments she was experiencing. I feel like we're just barely scraping the surface and it's a bit maddening, to be honest. But that's just the way Claidi is - she's much more interested in the now and what directly pertains to her and what's happening to her. It was still a good book, just a bit confusing, which I guess is how Claidi must be feeling.
Feb 17, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
Hmmm...I'm not as sure about this series anymore. I thought after the average first novel things might pick up a bit, but not really.

Claidi is just about to get married when she is inexplicably whisked away, presumably through the malicious will of the people of the Wolf Tower. Sent to a strange castle with moving rooms, mechanical servants and an aloof prince, Claidi isn't sure what to do, except plan escape. And answers seem to lie with the ominous Wolf Star and the prince's mysterious mother
Chelsie Unicornkind
Jul 06, 2008 Chelsie Unicornkind rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I had to push myself to finish book 1, and then the following books, simply to find out what happens. Worse, I think the ending of the first book was better than the ending of the series. So unless you absolutely adore it, don't go beyond the first book.

This series is a very odd, confusing read. While the storyline is very good, and also very creative, the different cultures and towns she comes to are so bizarre that you are left wondering where in the world the author came up with it all. I su
Jul 02, 2014 Story rated it liked it
Tanith Lee is an old favorite, and though I'm not quite sure how I feel about it, it's a surprising book. Lee has a tendency to fall back on so many of the stereotypes we have about love, and yet here worlds are bizarre and inventive. I found the same true of her Unicorn books. Her prose isn't stunning, and there are points when the Claidi journal voice is downright annoying, and yet you're pulled along. It perplexes me.
Jun 01, 2015 Corrin rated it liked it
This book was sad. I was just really sad throughout the whole thing. I think Venn is so sweet but he really needs a girl friend. Claidi is ok but she needs to be with Argul more. I want to read the third one but I have definitely read better series. The writing isn't that catching I have to admit and that makes a should be exciting story seem really boring.
Nov 16, 2010 Polly rated it liked it
I still find Claidi a pretty irritating character, possibly even more so in this than in Wolf Tower, but these are still interesting and original enough to keep me reading. In this volume, Claidi is of course balked of the happy ending you might have thought she deserved after her earlier adventures, and is carried off in a balloon hours before marrying her true love. For reasons never entirely clear, she gets dumped in an almost empty jungle palace, and of course has all sorts of adventures in ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Ruby rated it liked it
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This book adds to the drama in the first novel and prepares the reader for the next book of the series. This book just gets you started on wondering what's really going on. I liked how wonderfully Venn was written to be.
Jul 27, 2013 Linnae rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Claidi's (mis)adventures continue, as the very day before her wedding she is kidnapped and taken deep into the jungle, to a very strange place. It's a home and a castle and a fortress, of sorts. All the rooms move around at random intervals. Her only companions are Prince Venn and a bunch of clockwork servants--some more real-seeming than others.

Claidi and Prince Venn have a few things to work out: namely, why they are both in the castle in the first place, who was Prince Venn's mother...really
Okay, so this second book of the series was better than the first. I actually found myself interested in the protagonist's plight and wondering how the story is going to tie together. I would not recommend this book for "serious" or "mature" readers, and would guess the best audience for this would be girls under the age of fifteen.

The protagonist, Claidi, is a much more solid character in this second book. She has a stronger personality and seems to know her own mind - unlike the first book wh
Oct 22, 2015 Lena rated it it was amazing
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Jan 03, 2009 Netanella rated it liked it
Recommends it for: adolescent girls, Tanith Lee completists
This is the second in the series, and although I have not read the first book, I was not lost in terms of plot or characters. This is a magical story, told from the point of view of a young girl, Claudi, who is kidnapped on her wedding day by unknown enemies. Claudi winds up in a strangely beautiful palace surrounded by immense jungle, filled with killer giant rabbits called vrabburrs and other exotic, magical beasties such as tigapards. The rooms in the palace move about, relocating themselves ...more
Oct 05, 2015 Palmedfire rated it it was ok
It was all right, but I found the protagonist far too whiny for her supposed age & upbringing. Don't think I'm going to finish reading the trilogy.
Oct 07, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing
Really good! I can't wait to read the next installment but of course our library does not have it. :(
Jun 11, 2016 Kaye rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Tanith Lee certainly has an imagination - rooms that move, robots that respond like real people, strange animals, and other creations. Still, Claidi is very young.
Gloria Masitsa
Sep 04, 2014 Gloria Masitsa rated it it was amazing
Claidi is my hero. I LOVE her sarcasm. I can't wait to find out what happens next.
Jul 26, 2012 Kaila rated it liked it
mysterious would explain this one and wolf star to me felt like the longest book out of the series. For that reason i gave it a 3, because i just wanted to get over the tower and figure out the lager picture to what made this experience important. Plus i was little excited to see the main character get married..and seeing how it was put on pause i was little flustered for her to end up in another tower. this book cause even more lager questions that at the moment i didn't want to even think of s ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
Loved these books as a teen!
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Tanith Lee was a British writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. She was the author of 77 novels, 14 collections, and almost 300 short stories. She also wrote four radio plays broadcast by the BBC and two scripts for the UK, science fiction, cult television series "Blake's 7."
Before becoming a full time writer, Lee worked as a file clerk, an assistant librarian, a shop assistant, and a wai
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