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Juniper (Doran #2)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  5,786 ratings  ·  129 reviews
The only child of the king of Cornwall, Juniper lives the life of luxury and ease that befits a medieval princess. Still, something compels her to leave the palace to take up a difficult life of study with godmother, Euny. The harsh but wise woman proceeds to teach the girl about herbs, healing, and the magic within nature.

It is not until Juniper returns home a year and a
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Hardcover, 198 pages
Published February 24th 2004 by Random House Children's Books (first published May 1st 1990)
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Casey
I loved this book even more than I loved Wise Child. It made me want to learn about herbs. It made me want to learn how to use a spinning wheel. You know what? I did learn a bit about herbs, mostly how to cook with them. And I still think it would be badass if I owned a spinning wheel.
Nancy O'Toole
After suffering a bit from book ADD (you know, you pick book after book from your shelf and nothing is quite right) I figured the safest path for reading satisfaction was to pick up an old favorite. That’s how I found my way to Juniper, one of my first young adult books, first experienced when I was in middle school (which, I’m beginning to realize, was a pretty long time ago). It tells the story of a young girl named, Ninnoc, only child of King Mark of Cornwall. Ninnoc starts off the story livi ...more
Rhapsody
May 22, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: imaginative girls
Gorgeous book. When I read it as a kid, it blew me away--I'd had no idea that a book could give one such a magical experience. This was one of the definitive reads of my childhood and one of my first exposures to the fantasy genre.
Dorothea
Good, but not as satisfying as Wise Child, perhaps because Wise Child raises some expectations about Juniper's story that aren't quite met. I'd forgotten that Maeve the Fair doesn't ever appear here; we don't learn how Juniper came to be the Red Doran, or why it was her destiny to live in Scotland. It's easy to see why -- Juniper is a story about Juniper's childhood and her first experience of adult powers (just as Wise Child is about that part of Juniper's pupil's life), and of course Juniper d ...more
Caitlin
3 stars simply because I liked Wise Child better. Juniper is still a wonderful read.
Raby
loved this book!
Nicole
As a child, and later as a young adult, I loved this book, and its sequel, Wise Child. The colors and textures of the story stood out vividly to me, and I felt the early-Christian landscape of Cornwall come alive in my imagination. The descriptions of textiles and smells, the pervasive cold and discomfort Juniper endures as she apprentices to Euny, and the subtle magic she endowed her witches with have all stayed with me through the years. Juniper and Wise Child are no Harry Potter, however, and ...more
Clare Fitzgerald
So far I have been reading some pretty short books this year! My latest was a reread of Monica Furlong’s Juniper, which I got out of the library several times when I was younger. It’s a prequel to Wise Child, which I owned and read dozens if not hundreds of times, and which I still own; and it’s the story of how Wise Child’s teacher Juniper became a doran—a witch, essentially.

The Wise Child books take place in mostly-pagan early-medieval Cornwall, which is awesome. Juniper takes place in a small
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Juushika
The prequel to Wise Child, Juniper is the story of Ninnoc, know as Juniper, a medieval princess sent to apprentice under her godmother. Juniper leaves her friends, family, and the comforts of her father's small palace to live with Euny, her grandmother, in a small cold shack on the edge of the kingdom. Under Euny's care she toils throughout the day, eats little, and sleeps poorly, all with the promise that, in time, Euny will teach her the knowledge and ways of a doran, the women of the world wh ...more
Minh
I was saddened during my research to find out that Ms Furlong had actually passed away in 2003. That said, this book is actually the 2nd part (although being a prequal) of a trilogy, the other two parts I will pick up as soon as I can.

It's a book I got as a birthday present years ago and is one of the few children's novels which I've kept from my actual childhood. The story is about a child named Juniper (which is the title of the new editions) and her journey to becoming a powerful witch (I ca
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Rose
As I said with the review about Wise Child this is one of my favourit series and I've read it many times when I was younger and I always borrowed them from the library. Now I have my own copies.

I take back that I think it was weird that Wise Child was the first one of the series. I think it's a good idea to first read Wise Child and next Juniper. You know Juniper her future and you learn to know her better. I called her a mountain but it's funny to read that she was actually not much of a diffe
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Nicole
Mar 26, 2008 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kristin, lisa, mary? & julie?
This is another favorite from my childhood. I just re-read it and it's predecessor "Wise Child". It, like the latter, is just as good as I remembered it. It's a great read even for adults with strong female characters and an absorbing story. "Wise Child" should definitely be read first. This one is quite as good as "Wise Child", but definitely worthwhile. The third book that continues the story after "Wise Child" called "Colman" was written many years after the others when the author was elderly ...more
Ilana
Juniper is the prequel to Wise Child, and it is better in some ways and not as good in others. In some aspects it seemed a little too similar to Wise Child. It also didn't seem as real as Wise Child did. The setting felt more fantasy in some way. Apart from that, I loved the discription and characters just as much as the in Wise Child, and I loved the fact that you get to see Juniper grow up. It might not have been quite gradual enough, almost like one minute Juniper was a child and the next she ...more
Dani
I loved this book as much as I loved Wise Child--very much! You know those teachers that you had when you were little who were gentle AND excellent teachers? That's what this book seemed like to me. There's nothing too stressful in it and yet it is still exciting. There's just something really lovely about these books.
Eileen
I've read both this and the first book in the series several times, and I really like them. They fall into the "books I will read over and over again" category. Lots of excellent details, compelling story, and a strong female main character: yes, that's what I want.
Jocelyn
This one was lacking something. I think it was probably good Furlong didn't make these into a crazy long series, but you could tell there was so much more to Juniper's story (that didn't quite add up with what we learned in the first book).
Erin Beckwith
Honesty is the best policy they say so here it is: I loved Wise Child, but I didn't love this book. Of course, that's just reading it now for the first time as an adult where I read Wise Child for the first time as a tween (and re-read just last month). I really liked it, but I didn't love it. The plot in my opinion is a little more simple than that of Wise Child (or maybe it's the other way around) and in someway that made me like it a little less.

I will say though: if you love the world of Wis
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Katie
I wanted to love this more, considering how obsessed I was with Wise Child as a kid. Maybe my nostalgia overhyped it for me, or maybe this prequel just didn't have the same energy to it. Maybe I'll do a full review later, but suffice to say, this book was fine, it just didn't light up for me the way its predecessor does in my memories.

Also, and I know this is meta, but it seemed ironic that the crime of ghosting Gamal (taking control of his body and soul and using him like a puppet) was decried
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Leah
Read many years ago. Definitely made me want to fabricate my own cloak from scratch.
Diana
Juniper is a princess who finds herself sent to train with Euny, a mysterious woman with hard methods who introduces Juniper to magic. As her training comes to a close, Juniper discovers a threat to her kingdom and family.

One of my favorite fantasy books that I've read multiple times. This is a prequel to Wise Child, written after it was published, and it tells how Juniper become a doran, filling in backstory. The fantasy story is engaging and timeless. But it does have some inconsistencies to i
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Abby
One that has stuck with me for years
Helene W.
This is a book that I kept coming back to when I was younger. It’s a story about a young girl, Juniper, who is an apprentice to a witch. She struggles to save her family from her aunt Meroot who has become power-hungry. Magic is prevalent in the story but it seems more like inner strength that comes from Juniper then something that is unnatural. Its setting is much less developed then the world today, living more with nature then away from it. A quick read because of the suspenseful story and ca ...more
Allyson
I always pick up something in the YA section of the library while my son plays on the computer. This book surprised me, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It is simply told, but has a lot of detail about the medieval world of the main character, Ninnoc, and her family and friends. I really enjoyed the depiction of what they call magic. I think this would be an especially good read for young Wiccans. I didn't know it was part of a series; I'll definitely be searching out the other two. ...more
Ruby
(YA Fantasy) Book summary: 'The only child of the king of Cornwall, Juniper enjoys the easy life of a medieval princess. Still, something compels her to study with her godmother, Euny, a harsh but wise woman who teaches the girl about herbs, healing, and the magic within nature. As her training comes to an end, Juniper discovers that her power-hungry aunt is using black magic in an attempt to seize the throne. Armed only with her new, untested powers, Juniper must find a way to stop her--before ...more
Jess
Jul 31, 2007 Jess rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves children's fantasy
Shelves: best-evers, kidstuff
I think this is one of the books that turned me into a reader, and certainly *the* book that turned me into a fantasy reader. It's clever, and doesn't dumb itself down for its audience. It has a strong female protagonist without beating you over the head with a "girls rule!" vibe. The fantasy is original and blends seamlessly into the complex characters and political plot.
It is, all in all, fantastic-- I've never stopped re-reading this one, no matter how old I get.
Suzanne
Een boek uit mijn jeugd. Dit was, samen met heksenkind het eerste boek wat me in een andere wereld zoog waardoor ik lezen heerlijk begon te vinden.
Ze hebben zoveel indruk op me gemaakt dat ik nu, 20 jaar later, ze me nog kan herinneren en voor het eerst aan het herlezen ben.
Prachtige boeken die ook als volwassene fijn om te lezen zijn.
Julia
This book is a prequel to "Wise Child", though both of them can be read as stand alones. Ninnoc is the prized and pampered daughter of a king, who eventually is sent away to live with a wise relative in the woods. Her god mother is a gruff and cranky peasant, and life in a shack in the forest is quite different from life in a castle with servants. This book is short in length, but rich in the kinds of details that make a story come to life.
Cori
If you ever had a thing for witches, this is your kind of book. Since I was a witch or a soreceress for much of my childhood, you can imagine this is a book/series I worshipped. Feminism, witchcraft, love, finding your way . . . so ME in junior high and high school. Of course if you're not into women with long hair who fly in the night, carry around magic rocks, and communicate with animals using telepathy, don't bother :).
Tatra
One of those books that stuck with me from childhood, even though I had only read it a couple of times.
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Obituary from The Guardian, Friday January 17 2003
by Michael De-la-Noy

Monica Furlong, who has died of cancer aged 72, would have achieved distinction through her writings alone. But she was always on the lookout for good causes to espouse, and once she had thrown in her lot with the Movement for the Ordination of Women, and with the aims of secular feminism in general, she became to many women - a
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