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The Night of the Solstice (Wildworld #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,264 ratings  ·  91 reviews
When Claudia Hodges-Bradley meets a fox, she knows it will be an extraordinary day. Not just any fox, this vixen is the magical familiar of the sorceress Morgana Shee. For years Morgana has guarded the solitary gate between Earth and theWildworld, a shimmering parallel universe where legends still live. She alone holds the secret of the mirrors that serve as the last passa ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Aladdin (first published October 31st 1987)
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When I first picked up this book I thought the author L.J. Smith was 'Little John Smith', the former tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles and that he had just branched into writing young-reader fantasy novels, but part of the way in I realized he wasn't capable of writing something this bad and that I was actually reading this chick. Once I got over my initial shock and disappointment I really tried to force myself to enjoy this book, kind of like when your wife forces you to see Twilight for t ...more
A nice, solid, traditional kids-save-the-world adventure fantasy, featuring four diverse siblings who are randomly asked for help by a familiar when her sorceress is taken prisoner by old enemies in an alternate dimension.

There are definite weaknesses, but a good, fun first novel showing touches of imagination and humor. My favorite scene was where, instead of the traditional riddle contest, the girls have to win a game of Question against a subterranean monster.

I'm glad to have finally gotten a
Maybe I'm old (I'm not really old) but I already feel this horrible disconnect between my generation and the generations after me. Its like how you wonder about your parent's musical tastes. I'm nor sure if young adults would like this book. I think that culture has moved on. I think now things are more polished, or flashier, more complicated, or more SOMETHING that I cannot put my finger on because I am 30 (see, not really old). Besides, they have Twilight for their generation. A poor substitut ...more
I think Alys must be related to Rosalind Penderwick or Kendra Sorenson? It seems like they have the same sort of responsible personalities. Now I know that doesn't just come from being the oldest, because my oldest brother is definitely nothing like this. There must be something to it that I'm not completely understanding. I really suspect they were all relatives, hence all of them knowing about magic (except Rosalind. But someone still wrote a book about her, so maybe someone was recording thei ...more
I first started reading L.J. Smith almost a decade ago. I finished all the books of the Nightworld series, The Vampire Diaries series and the trilogies: The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions. While impatient for the final Nightworld book to come out, I drifted to read other authors and series.

Recently I got re-interested in LJ Smith and was surprised to find out from her Wikipedia page she had two "companion novels" out. The Night of the Solstice being the first and The Heart of
The story itself was quite interesting. A group of siblings discover that magic is real and that they need to save a sorceress in order to stop a bunch of people from another world punching through the fabric between worlds and causing all kinds of chaos. Not sparkling original, I'll grant you, but still fun, and there are a thousand and one ways that story can be told in an entertaining fashion. Mixing some Celtic mythology, the hidden history of this world, and playing around with some fantasy ...more

Le plus gros avantage de ce roman est devenu pour moi un énorme inconvénient : La Nuit Du Solstice regroupant deux opus en un seul, je me sentais obligé d'avaler les deux tomes en même temps. Mais, malheureusement, en terminant le tome 1, je dois me rendre à l'évidence : je n'accroche vraiment, mais alors vraiment, pas à l'histoire. Je déteste ne pas terminer un livre. C'est horriblement frustrant, mais c'est ainsi. Je peux au moins me dire que j'ai é
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

* Magic, sorcerers, flying serpents, talking foxes and lots of adventure!
* Intriguing bad guys/gals
* Wonderfully real and interesting characters
* You won't want to put it down
* Reminded me a little of Lion Witch and Wardrobe without the religious imagery. Not really the story but the way the children worked together. Very real sibling relationships.
* Fantastic opening that really grabs your attention and draws you into the story
* Looking forward to the next book in the serie
36 books/2010

My relationship with L.J. Smith started while I was in middle school, about 1997. I devoured her books. She was my favorite author and first fandom. At the time, several of her novels were already out of print, including this one and its sequel. It was quite a feat trying to find an affordable copy. I never did. So, I was filled with childish delight when I learned that this book was back in print.

Beyond that, I was weary because I was disappointed by Nightfall. However, I was absol
This story is definitely very derivative of the The Chronicles of Narnia and a bit of The Hobbit, but in spite of that, it’s a somewhat fresh retelling. The four children enter the Wildworld via mirrors and their first encounter is a fox rather than a faun; the similarities continue. However, since it’s a modern novel, the pace is much faster (it’s two weeks to the winter solstice), and there are less details and less character development by far.

I wasn’t as disappointed as some other reviewers
Dharia Scarab
A reread from my younger days, still a nice YA series the second time around.

My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not,
I wasn't expecting to like this book, and, unsurprisingly, I didn't. The main characters are flat and underdeveloped and the story doesn't really go anywhere.
The Night of the solstice is one of my favorite children books.
Emma T.
Jusqu’à ce livre, je ne connaissais d’L.J. Smith que sa célèbre saga « Vampire Diaries » ; hésitant encore à ouvrir le premier tome de celle-ci car elle ne bénéficie que de peu d’éloges de lecteurs « censés », La nuit du solstice semblait donc être le bon compromis pour découvrir l’auteure…

La nuit du solstice regroupe en fait les deux premiers tomes de la saga « Wild World », l’histoire de quatre frère et sœurs qui se retrouvent au milieu d’une querelle entre sorciers et êtres féériques d
En commençant ce livre j’avais une petite appréhension. Il me tentait énormément de par sa superbe couverture et son histoire mais Lisa Jane Smith est une auteure que je suis beaucoup mais qui ne réussit pas à me convaincre à chaque fois.

Finalement, elle assez bien réussi le pari et même si on ressent pas mal le côté jeunesse, l’auteure nous emmène dans un nouveau monde plein de surprises (qu’elles soient bonnes ou mauvaises).
J’ai retrouvé un petit côté Narnia dans l’idée de traverser les miroir
The problem with reading books intended for younger audiences is that it can be very hard to put ones mind back to the age group the book is intended for. As such, my adult mind was saying things like, "They actually expect the 'doll under the bedcovers' trick to actual fool parents?" and, "Does anyone not know how to solve that trick/riddle/game?" at regular intervals while reading Night of the Solstice.

The writing style was nothing special. It didn't stand out as particularly amazing or partic
SJH (A Dream of Books)
I liked this book but I didn't love it. I came across it in the library a few weeks ago and as a big fan of L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries series I thought it was about time I branched out and read some of her other books. She seems to have a huge back-catalogue. This is a re-release as it was originally published in 1987. Even though this title is over twenty years old, it seems to have aged very well. I do think that it would probably be more suited to a slightly younger teen audience though.

Fantasy Literature
The Night of the Solstice, followed by its sequel Heart of Valor, were Lisa Jane Smith's first novels, targeted at younger readers, unlike her later (and more popular) horror/teen romance novels surrounding the lives of vampires, witches, shapeshifters and the like.

In her delving into the fantasy world, L.J. Smith introduces us to the four siblings, responsible Alys, normal Charles, kooky Janie and dreamy Claudia who have absolutely nothing to do with each other. All that changes however, when a
Soybean Soybean was just alright..i just couldnt help but get somewhat irritated every once in a while because the main characters didn't seem believable to me..compared to the kind of books i've read in the same genre and age bracket, this one appears to still have a lot of catching up to do..the kids are so hopeless most of the time and their adventures on the other side of the mirror were so tame and short...the author didnt seem able to properly convey the nuances of whatever situation the kids we ...more
This fantasy adventure chronicles the story of four siblings, from elementary school to high school, who meet Morgan of the Merlin fame and need to save our world from an invasion of the magical realm. I didn't think I would read a fresh take on Morgan, but I did like this book. Mostly, I like the way the four siblings who were formerly only tolerant of one another learned to work together and accomplish great things as a team.
I can't really tell if this book is a mash-up of older and classic children's books, or if it is a homage to older and classic children's books. Either way, there are strong hints of C.S. Lewis' Narnia; Edward Eager's "Magic" books; Madeleine L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time series, and a slight hint of The Boxcar Children.
I really enjoyed L.J. Smith's Night World series, but I have tried some of her other books and haven't been able to finish a single one. I got further with this one than any of the others, but the characters were annoying and I just didn't care enough about the plot to see how it played out. The writing was okay, but it was like she decided that because she chose to do third-person omniscient for the POV, she didn't feel it necessary to show rather than tell what the characters were feeling; the ...more
Four siblings on a journey through a magical/parallel world to free a great sorceress who was imprisoned by an evil sorcerer. The story reminded me of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) yet different and quite intriguing. It may not be as great as Narnia or Harry Potter, but bear in mind, this is the first book L.J. Smith wrote, long before The Night World series or The Vampire Diaries. (Correct me if I'm wrong though)

Nonetheless, I really enjoyed reading the book,
Janice (Janicu)
L.J. Smith has written a few teen series about the paranormal. This book is one of her earliest works, part one of a duo of books about 4 siblings. It is geared more towards a younger pre-teen audience. The Hodges-Bradley childen are recruited by a sorceress's familiar to rescue it's mistress. The house of the sorceress Morgana is a gateway to another world and she has been trapped on the other side of the mirrors. If you liked her vampire series and her teen books I'm not sure you will also lik ...more
I haven't read this book in about 25 years and have been looking for the name of it for months. Finally found it and I'm really looking forward to reading it to my own children.
Such a fun read! A great adventure story with lots of twists and turns. I really liked the characterization and the mythology in this book. The world-building was also great. I will definitely be picking up the sequel.
For a teen fantasy novel that was published originally in 1987 this novel does a fair job of sounding like it was written much more recently. It has a similar tone to many of the teen fantasy novels that have flooded the market in the last couple of years, even though it refrains from containing any latent romantic themes and focuses instead on protagonists who are brother and sisters. Having been re-released after the success of the Vampire Diaries tv series (and re-release of the novels) this ...more
loved it!
all the magical innocence and wonder reminiscent of Enid blyton.
Julie Law
Nov 15, 2014 Julie Law rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friends
Recommended to Julie by: my mum
i havnt finished it all yet i nearly have amazing pure magic
I'm so glad I finally found this book.
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L.J. SMITH, Lisa Jane Smith, is the New York Times #1 Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, Wildworld and Night World series. She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them. She lives in th
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“But we did it," said Alys. "We found Morgana and we helped her. How can you worry about detentions when life as we know it has just been saved?” 10 likes
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