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The Secret Country by Pamela Dean
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Apr 06, 12

Read from April 02 to 06, 2012

I discovered this trilogy in the best way - at the book store long ago when the first book had just come out. So as the story unfolded I was left on tenterhooks until each book came out. Frequent rereading has done nothing to dim my enjoyment. Here's the brief summary.
For the past nine years, cousins Patrick, Ruth, Ellen, Ted, and Laura have played at "The Secret"-a game full of witches, unicorns, a magic ring and court intrigue. In The Secret, they can imagine anything into reality, and shape destiny. Then the unbelievable happens: by trick or by chance, they find themselves in the Secret Country, their made-up identities now real. They have arrived at the start of their game, with the Country on the edge of war. What was once exciting and wonderful now looms threateningly before them, and no one is sure how to stop it . . . or if they will ever get back home.
.I particularly enjoy the fact that when they arrive in the Secret Country much of what they imagined doesn't match the Secret Country's "reality." People look different, the story goes off target occasionally, and so forth. That makes it all the more disconcerting when it is exactly right. Great fun, an imaginative "country" and I highly recommend it.
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Joseph R. This sounds like just the sort of book/trilogy my wife would like (especially if the saga is finished so she doesn't have to wait around for the end or be stuck in an unending story like Wheel of Time, whose author died and someone else picked up the series!). I guess I know what the kids are getting Mommy for Mother's Day!


Julie Davis I was so thrilled when they were reprinted. Not only could I replace my worn out copies, but that meant enough people liked them to justify trying to sell more. Hope she likes them!


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