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Dandelion Fire (100 Cupboards #2)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,280 Ratings  ·  501 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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Jun 21, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2010 Renee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Barnabas Piper
May 01, 2016 Barnabas Piper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in this trilogy was even better than the first. That's a rare feat. Usually book two in a trilogy id the weakest, but this was excellent. Wilson's imagination and sorry-telling are at his peak.. I especially love how he writes villains. They are hateable precisely because he writes evil as evil and not as something to be desired. The villains make the heroes that much more likable. In all, a wonderful story.
Jun 15, 2009 Carissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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
Apr 30, 2010 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Oct 24, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 04, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elizabeth Newton
I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book to be honest. The whole adventure magnifies, we are, for most of the book, in another world and that is interesting and entertaining, and the story line is fine and the secrets we discover alongside Henry are really exciting. But one of the things I really enjoyed about book 1, was the relationship and interaction between Henry and his cousin Henrietta. Those two characters when exploring and solving problems together was entertaining for me – the wa ...more
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
Sep 17, 2012 Miranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Mar 04, 2012 Mel B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-loan
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
Aug 24, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Jul 14, 2015 Braden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gets a little confusing in the middle and he jumps between characters a lot. It is a little hard to follow but he brings it all together in the end. I really like his writing style. Enjoyable for kids and adults alike. Great book!
Oct 03, 2011 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story for showing how pervasive the Christian worldview must be. Dandelions are magic! Ha! Of course they are; way more magic than voodoo ever could be...because they are real and voodoo isn't.

There is a really great part of the book when Hylfing is under attack from the terrible wizard. The good guys all sit down and have a meal together with lots of wine and laughter, and there is nothing the evil powers can do about it. They even say at one point, "We have a table set in the face of our
Sep 24, 2009 Keith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joseph Grochowski
For my book review project, I have chosen the book Dandelion Fire by N.D Wilson, I have chose this book due to it being an adventurous read. This book is the sequal to 100 CupBoards, in order to fully grasp the books it would be essential to read them in order. So For those of you looking for the good juicy parts of a book to see if you would actually read the book, this summary will be for you, read the summary below to find out some of the select highlights of the book.

At The be
Jan 22, 2016 Janis marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
N.D. Wilson is the author of the fictional book Dandelion Fire. This is the second book in the 100 cupboards series. The genres of this book are adventure, fantasy and mystery. I choose to read this book because I had read the book 100 cupboards and I wanted to read the sequel.
The story takes place in Henry, Kansas and another dimension or world. The main characters are Henry, Henrietta, Darius, Nimiane, Frank the fat Fearie, Eli, and Caleb. Henry has to overcome fear, Darius tries to become Nim
Jan 16, 2016 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do I describe this book? This series is an unexpected treasure. Its reminiscent of old stories that have been etched in my brain and imagination for as long as I can remember. A tiny taste of Oz, a bit of "the wood between the worlds", but just enough. Enough to make you feel like you are returning to something familiar until you come up through the cupboard behind Henry and realize you have never stepped foot on the sweet green grass of Badon Hill. This one needs to be reread. Especially, I ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 16, 2009 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 15, 2014 Grayce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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.
May 11, 2016 Madelaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the 100 Cupboards series. I am just going to share that this was even better than the first book! Did I share that? I did! I am looking forward to reading the third book. N.D. Wilson brings something to this series that is familiar with Kansas City and Oz. He brings characters that we can fall in love with, annoy us, make us laugh and so much more. A personal journey of finding ones truth. The wonderful element of knowing that this world truly is magical (think of the ...more
May 07, 2009 Alia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2014 Brian Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2014 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fantasy Literature
Dandelion Fire is the second book in N.D. Wilson’s 100 CUPBOARDS trilogy for children. In the first book, 100 Cupboards, we met Henry, a boy who went to live with his aunt and uncle in Kansas and discovered 100 oddly-shaped doors behind the plaster in his attic bedroom. There are different worlds behind all those doors and toward the end of the book Henry finally gets into one and inadvertently sets free an evil witch queen. I thought this was a great premise, and I liked Henry, but I was disapp ...more
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