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Midwinter Nightingale (The Wolves Chronicles #10)

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  266 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Dido and Simon are in danger in this new addition to the Wolves Chronicles. Dido, back in England from America, is almost instantly kidnapped and taken to a derelict mansion surrounded by a deadly moat. The evil baron residing there, who is also a werewolf, wants desperately to know where King Dick is hidden. For the king is dying, and the evil baron wants to put his own d ...more
Library Binding, 256 pages
Published June 10th 2003 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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Dec 19, 2011 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unless there is another Aiken book that starts with a boy meeting an annoying girl on a train, I've actually read this before, although I don't remember much about the plot. You'd think an evil werewolf, a missing king, and wantonly murdered cat would be memorable, though, wouldn't you? Maybe I should stick with her earlier books...

I feel like a remember the earlier books, which I read in elementary, pretty well, but maybe I was more focused on the characters than the setting. I don't remember t
Susanne E
Oct 28, 2011 Susanne E rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
The copyright page says "Joan Aiken Enterprises" or something, making me think maybe this isn't the real deal, especially as at least this edition was published after she died (not long after, but still). That would explain a lot, because it seemed much more disjointed than even her most fanciful other ones, and it just wasn't as fun as Nightbirds on Nantucket or Black Hearts in Battersea. Some kind of sloppy storytelling at the end too, as bad guys kept just flying off cliffs or otherwise conve ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Kalilah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
The last of the Wolves Chronicles books that I have purchased and read in recent times (though I haven't read them all). Even though this book is good enough an ending to the entire series in itself.
To be honest, I don't know what Joan could possibly add to her characters' suffering, but apparently there's a final book after this one. More plots to overthrow the king, I dare say.
Funnily enough, even though all the books are more or less about overthrowing kings, they don't seem to get boring. T
Jan 24, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenilefantasy
I was sorry to only give this book three stars, but it just didn't inspire me to the same irrational glee as all the previous Dido Twite tales (excepting Wolves of Willoughby Chase of course - which doesn't even have Dido in it, but that's another review). Perhaps it is because we see less of Dido in this story than in her previous adventures, and that her role is significantly more passive. Simon's not a bad cove (a right good 'un, as Dido herself might say), but he's no competition for Dido in ...more
Nov 07, 2014 Hessie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't read this one. Something was dreadfully amiss. It's like an editor got ahold of it and dumbed it down to nothingness. I skimmed enough to get the gist and the plot seemed terribly disappointing too. So sad for a series I love.
Sherry Chiger
Jul 29, 2014 Sherry Chiger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who needs Harry Potter when you can thrill to the adventures of Dido Twite, the indefatigable Cockney heroine of Joan Aiken's Wolves Chronicles?
In this latest installment, Dido is back in England during the (fictional) reign of King Richard IV, just in time to help save the throne from the loutish son of a werewolf baron. Yes, the plot sounds outrageous, and perhaps it is--but the story is so fast-paced, the narrative so vivid and yet so concise, and the characters so charismatic that even the m
Dec 05, 2014 Nigel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-ya
Another great and rousing adventure for Aiken. If her ability to craft a fully realised novel waned somewhat in her latter years, her capacity for invention and for voice and place and drama did not. A stew of creepy characters and plots surround the dying king, hidden away by Simon. Dido, returned from Nantucket, is rudely kidnapped and held captive by as despicable a trio of villains as has ever graced the pages of a children's novel: a werewolf, his revolting son and the Duchess of Burgundy. ...more
While I don't regret buying this in hardcover, I suppose I should reveal that I bought it used. Something went missing between Nightbirds on Nantucket and The Cuckoo Tree, not least much of Dido's toughness, and Aiken's ability to shake out a straight plot, without reverting to subplots, supernatural or merely surreal, that don't seem to further the primary plot At all. A flock of sheep? A werewolf? Russian bears instead of boots?, what? And Aiken's swapped out the Hanoverians for the Bur ...more
Jennifer Hughes
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was a big childhood favorite, so when I saw this book in my little library, I thought it would be fun to revisit Joan Aiken. Unfortunately, the magic did not repeat itself. I found this novel confusing, with several points of view and simultaneous plot lines. Reading other reviews here has now clued me in that this book is apparently one of several based on adventures of the character Dido, but I never got the helpful background information to help me assimilate my ...more
The tenth Dido Twite adventure is a mix, as usual, of the horrific, the humorous, and the fantastical. Aiken packs the pages with action, but her characters never suffer and the plot is as usual over-the-top exciting. Werewolves, really evil characters, satisfying vengeance, and a hint of romance will appeal to readers, whether they have read the previous Dido/Simon stories or not. They will want to, because Dido is the best heroine to come along in many years. For middle grades, but readers sho ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And the story continues - greed corrupts, your beginnings don't matter more than the quality of your character, kindhearted selflessness brings good are themes that keep replaying in this collection o stories about these wholly interesting and unique characters. They also make me wonder about different magics in the world. What do you think?
Nov 06, 2016 alissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: when-i-was-young
Very disappointing episode in an otherwise stellar series. The story is morbid and full of deaths which serve no purpose except to underscore the terrible situation of the protagonists. Dido and Simon seem to plod through events which are completely out of their control, to the very end. Characters appear in deus ex machina moments to conveniently resolve the plot.
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Oct 05, 2014 Molly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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When I read this I absolutely fell in love with the fantastic world Aiken had created. I had read The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase before, but none of Aiken's other books from that series, and it really isn't necessary to read any of the prequels to appreciate this book.
A fantastic read!
Mar 03, 2008 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Certainly an improvement on the last two books in the series. I guess I got so close to finishing them up, that I felt the need for completeness. I don't suggest you do the same. Stop after Dido & Pa.
Anthony Faber
Feb 01, 2014 Anthony Faber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wolves #10. This seems to be roughly coincident with "Cold Shoulder Road", starting a few months after the climax of "Is Underground" and ending a bit before "Cold Shoulder road", I think. Tells what's happpening with Dido, Simon & King Richard in this period.
I was so excited about a new addition to this series, but was a bit disappointed by the characters and pacing.
I read this but it was like a fever dream
Jan Yip
Nov 01, 2011 Jan Yip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another childhood favorite.....I LOVED Dido Twite!
Mar 09, 2015 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Next to last one in the Wolves series. What will I read after this?
Mar 11, 2009 whalesister rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Not sure what number this is in Aiken's Wolves series, maybe 6? My edition doesn't say. See review for Wolves of Willowby Chase.
Jenn Estepp
certainly not a high point for the "wolves" series, but worth reading if you tend toward the completest (obsessive) like me.
Apr 04, 2015 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I prefer the Felix Brooke trilogy, but still good.
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Joan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children's Literature. Her most famous classic, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE has been in print for over 50 years with a new AUDIO recorded by her daughter Lizza. She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and unforgettable short stories.
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Other Books in the Series

The Wolves Chronicles (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles, #1)
  • Black Hearts in Battersea (The Wolves Chronicles, #2)
  • Nightbirds on Nantucket (The Wolves Chronicles, #3)
  • The Stolen Lake (The Wolves Chronicles, #4)
  • Dangerous Games (The Wolves Chronicles, #5)
  • The Cuckoo Tree (The Wolves Chronicles, #6)
  • Dido and Pa (The Wolves Chronicles, #7)
  • Is Underground (The Wolves Chronicles, #8)
  • Cold Shoulder Road (The Wolves Chronicles, #9)
  • The Witch of Clatteringshaws (The Wolves Chronicles, #11)

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