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Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier
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Jun 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, romance
Read in June, 2009

This book is a sequel to Wildwood Dancing, but I read this one first and didn't have any trouble--as long as you don't mind knowing how the first book ends, because she does give that away in this book. But Cybele's Secret focuses on a different sister, and it is 6 years after the first book's events. 17 year old Paula has traveled with her merchant father from her home in Transylvania to Istanbul, where he is trying to purchase a rare artifact that is important to followers of an ancient goddess, Cybele (pronounced "SIH-billee"). As Paula assists him, she learns more about Islamic culture and also begins to see signs and clues relating to Cybele. Could they be messages from the Other Kingdom, hidden world of fairies and magical beings, who delight in setting "tests" for humans? Paula is also intrigued by the two handsome young men in her life, one a dashing pirate, the other a strong steadfast bodyguard. She'll need their help and all of her strength to make it through Cybele's trials. You'll get caught up in the web of clues, secrets and betrayals, action and mystical magic, as well as the romance--this book was a little like an Indiana Jones movie but with a girl as the main character, and a lot more romantic.

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