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Dandelion Fire (100 Cupboards #2)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  3,543 ratings  ·  448 reviews
Henry York never dreamed his time in Kansas would open a door to adventure—much less a hundred doors. But a visit to his aunt and uncle’s farm took an amazing turn when cupboard doors, hidden behind Henry’s bedroom wall, revealed themselves to be portals to other worlds. Now, with his time at the farm drawing to a close, Henry makes a bold decision—he must go through the c ...more
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Published February 24th 2009 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published December 8th 2008)
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First, I am a completely unobjective super-fan of both ND Wilson and this book. I did marry the boy (whose words I loved) and he did dedicate the book to me (so, in a way, he bought these five stars). But he's not on goodreads, so I can say whatever I want (right?). I enjoyed it immensely, especially everything to do with the faeren. I'm most curious how it will strike fans of 100Cs since I really am too close to the story to see it in its own right.

I just finished my first (gripped, laughing, c
I almost never post reviews of subsequent titles in a series but this one was so much worse than the 1st, I have to post my review.

In the second installment of 100 Cupboards, Henry discovers that he is a 7th son with magical abilities, which forms a dandelion mark on his hand. Henry’s cousin Henrietta decides to adventure through the cupboards and her family follows her. A battle of good verses evil ensues. Though the idea of cupboards with hidden worlds is appealing as is the cute flying creat
Douglas Wilson
I read this in its various permutations in manuscript, but this was my first post-publication read through. This is simply an outstanding book. As the author's father, I can be allowed my little biases. But, also as the author's father, I must be recognized as being in possession of front row seats. When it comes to his gift for writing, Nate is going to make a big dent. I can hardly wait to tell you what is happening with Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl.
so, i loved the first book (100 Cupboards) because the concept of there being hidden cupboard doors in an attic behind which different worlds existed was completely fascinating and a great hook. in the sequel, the author splits the main family up into three different lines (two characters each go into a world and everyone else tries to follow them and they all end up in different places) and i was left feeling VERY confused with no clear sense of which world I was in from chapter-to-chapter, WAY ...more
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I think this book was a pretty good sequel to the first book, 100 Cupboards, The book starts out with the main character Henry wanting to find his old home inside the cupboards. Henrietta hides the keys and while her and Henry search for the keys in the grass, Henry gets shot back. He touched a dandelion, and the injuries were so bad that his family thought he was struck by lightning. Henry and Henrietta decide to go look for his old home and they both get separated in the process. Henry gets ca ...more
This fantasy series is not just for kids/teens! And I liked this book even better than the first. So intricate and tightly written--you can't skip a word or skim at all. The plot is intricate and comes together so nicely at the end--and I didn't see it coming (well, not all of it--it's hard to surprise me completely these days). Well worth reading.
A great action packed sequel to 100 Cupboards. I hope there will be additional books to tell us where the other cupboards go! (Later) There IS another book due out this year! Yeah! Called Chestnut King.
Nano Villa
en si fue un buen libro, muyyyyyy diferente al primero pues la primera entraga 100 cupboards fue algo asi super light en comparacion a este, la historia continua con las aventuras de henry york unos dias despues de lo acontecido al final del prmer libro, en el cual descubre algunas cosas muy importantes para la trama de este libro, sus padres (adoptivos) han sido encontrados y se van a separar, por lo cual estan peleando por la custoria de su hijo, el tio Frank le dice que en unas dos semanas se ...more
"What had changed the most about Henry York was inside his head. He'd uncovered a wall of doors in his attic room, and now he didn't know who he was." Henry York, only a few short weeks before, had been shipped to Henry, Kansas, seeing as his parents had been captured in some country somewhere and held for ransom. It was like he was sent to a whole other world. Before, he was treated like he was incredibly breakable. Now, he got to experience childhood to its fullest. A little bit beyond, maybe, ...more
Sarah Stevens
This book started a little slow for me. Henrietta was infuriating, Henry was being rather thick, and the plot lines began to get rather complicated without anything really happening.

However, I was rewarded for my perseverance, as the different events begin to point towards each other and the characters began to really make progress, both internally and externally. Despite my earlier misgivings, I became attached to almost all of the characters, and it greatly simplified things to realize certain
Mel B.
This book is more what I expected the first book to be -- exploring strange worlds. It seemed to better hit its stride.

Henry now knows he's adopted, and faces being retrieved by his re-appeared, cold parents, who would only ship him off to another school and nanny. He likes being stuck in Kansas.

He decides to try to leave through his grandfather's cupboard, but in the process, he becomes stricken by the second sight and knowing of a dandelion's life in a moment of time.

He goes temporarily bli
Dandelion Fire is the second installment in the 100 Cupboards series, taking Henry out of Kansas and back into the cupboards in search of his identity. As far as action goes, this book does not disappoint. We find out quite a bit more about Henry’s past, his family, and why he was ever adopted in the first place. There is also an evil kidnapping wizard that is after Henry because of some newfound powers Henry has discovered. I am left definitely wanting to pick up and read the last book in the ...more
So I finished Dandelion Fire a few days ago. Not what I would have expected for a sequel. In fact for the first 8 chapters I really disliked it. It was, in my opinion a bit too graphic for a children's. Well more like gross...bloodied people etc. And it took about 12 chapters for me to really get into it.

It brings us back to Henry, KS where Henry York resides with his aunt and uncle and cousins. We find out that Henry was actually born to a family in one of the cupboards in the attic and he goe
Haven't enjoyed this one as much as the initial book 1. Action seems to be too helter-skelter, and I'm having trouble keeping track of the different locales and characters within each...and the searing dandelion scar thing, well I'm just not getting it...but I'm committed to finishing the reading of this one regardless...

[Later post:] Actually I gave up on this one half way through...I just lost interest with it and lost track of all the different stuff going on..I won't be reading any more of t
The systematic destruction of sappiness as regards fairy tales continues. I could have kissed the front cover several times. I didn't.

It was strange, I'll grant that. Not just strange like any fantasy is bound to be, but strange in his usual Scottish way. I could swear he was grave-digging Lilith every other sentence. But that's good. He's also shocking us out of thinking of the world like, as he says, a machine. There's definitely Chesterton coming out there.
The magic of this book: the characters are real. They will annoy you, confuse you, and surprise you. If you read this book for anything, read it to fall in love.

Also, brownie points for this line from Caleb: "...But even if I found it lying in the road, I would never touch it for fear of being struck down." Even before I read this line, Caleb was feeling slightly reminiscent of Faramir. Which is a very good thing. It made me happy.
Not terrible and I'd recommend it for anyone who read 100 Cupboards and wants to know what happens next. I think my disappointment stems from the fact that N.D. Anderson's Henry, Kansas was such a vivid place and his world building just isn't as strong when it comes to his fantasy world. And most of this book takes place in the fantasy world. Still, a lot of questions are answered in a satisfying way.
Brian Cook
Fantastic book. The world will both draw you in, and at times stop you dead in your tracks in awe. It is a rich environment to bathe in, cleaning oneself from what worldly dirt one has aquired, and refreshing oneself so that one is ready to go back into their own life more equipped an empowered to live skillfully as a human being.

If you have read some of the books that the culture the author hails from tends to read, you may recognize some of the sources of inspiration. This at times makes it fe
Again, I'd give this 3.5 stars, but I rounded up. Still a good story, although a bit drawn out at times, this was definitely more complex than the first book. There are a number of separate character point of views in this novel, although Henry is still the primary protagonist. If I have one major complaint though, it's that occasionally (and particularly when a character from the alternate world is speaking) the grammatical structure of dialog is sometimes a little awkward. I wasn't ever quite ...more
I really love this book. It took what I thought was a very clever children's fantasy book and ratcheted it up several notches. This book continues the story that was begun in 100 Cupboards, and adds color and clarity to much of what happened in the first book.

The magic devised by Wilson is top notch, and the characters continue to be great. They seem to stay in character (as frustrating as that is at times...) despite the situation, and develop in a very believable manner. Things that seemed li
This is book two of the 100 Cupboards trilogy. It is longer than the first, more exciting, and more intriguing. I highly recommend these as good adventure stories written mostly for adolescents, but definitely enjoyable for older readers.
Now the magic is unleased! Having built the concepts, characters and cultures in the first book Wilson now lets his tale gather pace.

Left me longing to start book three!

Favourite part: the central theme of naming and it's power.
Eva Mitnick
Reviewed this sequel to 100 Cupboards for SLJ (will appear in December 2008 or Jan. 2009 issue, probably) so will only say that I liked it quite a bit and can't wait to read the third in the trilogy. N.D. Wilson is one fine writer.
I haven't yet read this book. I actually just discovered there was a second one, and I'm very excited because the first book was good, and I imagine this one will be just the same.
I liked it just fine, though I would have preferred it to be a little more similar to 100 Cupboards.
Adam Ross
Astonishingly good, and an improvement on the first book, which was also excellent.
Jason Farley
Great stuff. It is entering the rotation of family regulars.
Sean Higgins
Enjoyed, even by this recovering fiction-hater.
Very good indeed
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