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Cybele's Secret (Wildwood #2)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,323 Ratings  ·  789 Reviews
FOR PAULA, ACCOMPANYING her merchant father on a trading voyage to Istanbul is a dream come true. They have come to this city of trade on a special mission to purchase a most rare artifact—a gift from the ancient goddess, Cybele, to her followers. It’s the only remnant of a lost, pagan cult.

But no sooner have they arrived when it becomes clear they may be playing at a dang
ebook, 240 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published November 1st 2007)
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Rachanna Ayala Yes it does. I was very excited to find our more about Jena and Costi. it doesn't reveal to much but we do get a couple of chapter with her is it…moreYes it does. I was very excited to find our more about Jena and Costi. it doesn't reveal to much but we do get a couple of chapter with her is it towards the end.(less)
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Oct 05, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2012-reads
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THIS even better then the first book in the series (Wildwood Dancing). Perhaps more importantly (at least from my perspective), this book is not only a 5 star read, but is making me a big fan of two genres that I typically have major issues with and generally don't enjoy reading (YA and fantasy).

Marillier blends exotic fantasy with solid writing and creates worlds and characters that I admire and believe in. Her heroines are smart, resourceful and independent but still manage
Jan 08, 2008 Cassie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Whenever I pick up a sequel book, I’m always hesitant, fearing the book simply won’t be as good as the first one. Thankfully, Cybele’s Secret lives up to the standards set by Wildwood Dancing. All the charm and wonder of Wildwood Dancing is here, and Marillier expertly builds on the magical framework she established in the first book, this time weaving in pagan cults and pirates. Unlike Wildwood Dancing, Cybele’s Secret doesn’t build off of any particular fairy tale, but instead uses the trials ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Thatfondimpossibility rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I was terribly disappointed with this book. I got the impression that the author spent a lot of time and thinking on Wildwood Dancing, but she had neither of these to spare for Cybele's Secret.

1. We were constantly told that Paula was super smart. What we saw was that she was a bit of a ninny.
At one point, Paula (the heroine)'s father is severely beaten and left unconscious in an alley. Paula believes she knows exactly who did such a heinous act. So what does she do? She leaves her bodyguard b
Jan 23, 2009 Josie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Josie by: Katie
Shelves: young-adult
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Oct 23, 2008 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think Juliet Marillier wants me to get any sleep.

When I read _Wildwood Dancing_, the accompanying first volume in this series, I ended up staying up quite late to finish the book, something I've almost never done as an adult. (I can count on one hand the number of times) Well, true to form, book 2 also left me stifling a late-night yawn with one hand, and flipping pages with the other.

The book is well-written throughout, but when Paula is in Istanbul, it starts to drag just a little bit
May 05, 2010 Krystle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up mainly because of its beautiful cover. When I opened it up I was very disappointed to find out this was actually the sequel but as I started reading it, I realized that you don’t need to know anything about the previous book at all. It can stand up very well for itself.

You know. I’m going to say it, and this is very rare, but I absolutely loved this book. It was just the kick I needed. Cybele’s Secret is a mesh of awesome adventure, fantasy, romance, and excellent writing.
Feb 11, 2013 Lark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was so close to giving this book 1 star because I started to dislike it so much towards the end. But no, I reserve one star for books that have horrid sentence structure, improper grammar, and just poor story-crafting skills. This book has no issues in terms of those three things.

However, I did not like this book. It was okay, but I can't say I liked it. The plot was too contrived. I was not engaged. The mystery and intrigue about the artifact wasn't interesting enough - I didn't care about it
Mar 03, 2009 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have come to realize I need to explain my three-star-rating here, because it is lower than many others rate this book. To begin with, I enjoyed the story - it was fun, and despite a slightly slow start, there was a lot of action and the all-important romantic angle to be enjoyed as well. Paula and both her love interests (I can't remember their names and don't have the book here with me) were very likable characters, and everything turned out well.
It wasn't a page-turner for me, however, eve
Mar 13, 2009 Alana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Loved the setting - Istanbul. This story reminded of an Indiana Jones type adventure. I enjoyed the first book in this series but I liked this one, #2, a lot more. FYI book club girls - Tati did have part in this story, but she didn't drive me crazy like in book #1. :)
4*, bem merecidas!

Ainda bem que reconsiderei e decidi ler este 2º volume das Danças na Floresta. É muito diferente do primeiro, para melhor! Um cenário envolvente (Istambul), personagens interessantes e bem caracterizados, uma história com livros, intriga, aventura e romance - incluindo um pirata português do qual se diz que "ninguém merecia ser tão bonito" - fizeram com que me reconciliasse com a autora.
Devorei os últimos capítulos (o último nem tanto, é um anti-clímax a preparar um 3º volume q
Feb 12, 2009 Meridyforgot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is probably 4 1/2 stars, close to a five but not quite. I really loved the authors portrayal of gender roles. I loved how it showed that men and women are capable of great things independently, but that we really need each other at the same time. I loved how the book showed that true love is measured by the caring and sacrifice, and not just by physical attraction, charm, and wit. I loved the subtle message put in their that true love, children, and family are more important than any o ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Gigi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book that I keep coming back to re-read over and over again!
Ashley Daviau
I'm quite disappointed to say that I enjoyed this nowhere near as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series. I found it slow and boring until about halfway through when things started picking up. I don't know if it was the setting or the plot but this book just lacked the magical, spellbinding aspects of the first. After the halfway point I did enjoy it a remarkable amount more but there was still just something missing.
Jill Myles
Dec 18, 2014 Jill Myles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can I just say how much I love the Kinuko Craft covers? Because seriously, when I grow up, I would love to have a Kinuko Craft cover. Look at how gorgeous that is! And is that Stoyan in the corner? *swoons*

I'm giving this one 4 stars instead of 5 because while the characters were amazing and the storyline fun and detailed and the romance as wonderful and sweet as I expected, I struggled with the setting a little. I set this book down about a year or so ago at the 20% mark because it was slooooow
Such a disappointment. Cybele's Secret had none of the magic and strong female character Wildwood Dancing presented. Paula's attempts to look smart are laughable at best. I managed to read 300 freaking pages and it got painfully obvious how this will going to end. When I realized the lack of enjoyment those 300 page brought me I decided there's no use to read the remaining 130.

Long review will follow.
Edit: here it is

Being book smart and street smart are 2
Erica (daydreamer)
I fell in love with Wildwood Dancing, the story of five sisters caught in an enchantment, living in a fairytale retold beautifully and captivatingly by brilliant author Juliet Marillier. And when I found there was a sequel, I knew I must acquire it soon, so as to not have to leave this enchanted world just yet. With an intriguing premise, and the promise of enchantment and romance, Cybele’s Secret called out to me, beckoning. I was prepared to not love it utterly like I did with WD, as I’d heard ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a surprise for me! I expected it to take place in one of Juliet Marillier's usual settings: a mysterious forest, a mountain glade, high cliffs battered by an ancient ocean. Instead, I found myself among the colorful bustle of the "Golden Horn"- Istanbul. I stepped off the boat with Paula into the enticing markets filled with a thousand spices to tempt your nose and mountains of silks to catch your eye. I've never
Jan 05, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading (and loving) Wildwood Dancing I was afraid Cybele's Secret would fall flat for me. However, while different in many ways from its predecessor, it was still a fantastic read.

I've come to realize that I love reading books that feature an out-of-the-ordinary setting, and Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret both deliver in this area. I felt Cybele's Secret delved a bit more into the background and culture of Istanbul than Wildwood Dancing did with its setting of Transylvania, but I t
Brittany (finally graduated and can once again read for fun)
I really enjoyed this one. Juliet Marillier is becoming a favorite of mine. Her ability to incorporate folklore into her novels is absolutely fantastic. I'm beginning to think there must be something in the water Down Under because it seems like every book I pick up from an Aussie author is just fantastic.

Wildwood Dancing (the 1st book in the series) followed the story of the five sisters, but was mostly about Jena and Tati, the 2 eldest. This book follows the story of Paula, the 4th of the 5 d
Sep 16, 2008 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-uns, ya
Cybele's Secret is the sequel to Wildwood Dancing-- Juliet Marillier's first young adult novel. I have been a huge Marillier fan ever since picking up her first novel, Daughter of the Forest, to take with me on a trip to Italy. The wonderful thing about Marillier is that her sequels are always as good as, if not better than, her first books. So even though I liked Wildwood Dancing well enough (it didn't wow me), I was really looking forward to Cybele's Secret to see where she took her charact ...more
Man, I thought this was never going to come out in paperback, but it was worth the wait. It's a sequel to Wildwood Dancing, which was a retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" set in Transylvania. While it's not strictly necessary to have read the first one, I think it would be better; a lot of the backstory is more meaningful if you're familiar with Wildwood Dancing.

In Cybele's Secret, scholarly Paula, one of five sisters, accompanies her merchant father to Istanbul. They hope to acquire a
Dec 27, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PLEASE let there be another book with Stela! Marillier is one of my all-time favorite authors.
Aug 26, 2015 Lilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this addition to the Wildwood series. It has Marillier's trademark writing, her attention to detail and her research into the cultures she is trying to portray. I never walked the streets of Constantinople [todays Istanbul] but her writing managed to pull me into her story and her vivid descriptions.

In some parts the flow of the story slows down, which could be off putting to some. It never leaves you completely hanging though, so I can live with that.

The book is written out of Paula's
Nov 20, 2014 Burn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many adventures.
Fitting romance.

This book has many things that the first book, Wildwood Dancing, lacks such as lot of romance, adventure and wits. Though that's the case, I liked the first one better. I wasn't quite engrossed in reading as I was in Wildwood Dancing.

I can't deny that I love their thrilling adventures and mysteries. I liked both of the guys and I was secretly rooting for Duarte but it was pretty obvious that Paula would end up with Stoyan. Paula is a unique character,
Dec 30, 2015 Jojo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Opinião sairá quando ler o Danças das florestas
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Three and a half stars. I've talked with a few people who liked this one better than the first book in the series, Wildwood Dancing, but it didn't quite do it for me. It felt a little bit by-the-numbers. I bogged down about 2/3 through and had a fairly hard time (while I was off popping down Kindle freebies like so much candy) making myself come back to Cybele and finish it. I did like the exotic setting, historical Constantinople, and the pirate, Duarte Aguiar, with his quest of honor. Things I ...more
Oct 30, 2009 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You may have seen me write this earlier, but seriously, where has Juliet Marillier been all my life?! I have been living without some good magic literature for WAY too long.

Cybele's Secret is a companion novel to Marillier's first YA novel venture, the incredibly popular Wildwood Dancing. Set several years later, the second to youngest sister of five, Paula sails from her home in Transylvania (!) to Turkey with her father in search of a famous Pagan relic connected to the ancient maternal cult o
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Dec 29, 2008 Maelstrom Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
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I wasn't planning on fixing up a review for this particular book, because it was a sequel/companion story. But it really does deserve a place of its own. I loved Wildwood Dancing the second time through, but adored Cybele's Secret from the first experience of readage.

Recalling the Jena/Tati conflict of the previous book, it was refreshing to focus on Paula, everyone's favorite scholarly sister. D
Cybele's secret is a delightful follow up to Wildwood Dancing that has everything a Fairytale lover would want: adventure,magic,mystery,mythology and romance. As always, Juliet Marillier has believable, interesting and likeable characters and she builds a world that is so enjoyable that you just want to jump into it and live there. You feel like the Paula and her family have become old friends and can't wait to join them again. I hope there will be more in this series!

The only reason I am givin
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Juliet Marillier was born July 27, 1948 in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories. Her own Celtic-Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series, the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Juliet was educated at the University of Otago, where she majored in music and languages, graduating BA and a B Mus (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a ...more
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