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(Wilde Island Chronicles #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  6,704 ratings  ·  665 reviews
On Wilde Island, there is no peace between dragons, fairies, and humans.

Wilde Island is in an uproar over the recent death of its king. As the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans begins to fray, the royal witch hunter with a hidden agenda begins a vengeful quest to burn girls suspected of witchcraft before a new king is crowned.

Strong-willed Tess, a blacksmith
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Dial Books
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Addie I read the books in order, but the first one was always my least favorite. I am reading the second one for the third time, and don't need the first on…moreI read the books in order, but the first one was always my least favorite. I am reading the second one for the third time, and don't need the first one to remember whats going on.(less)

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Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kirkus
Dragonswood is a solid teen fantasy that lacks just a little bit of that special something that makes you want to treasure and read a book over and over again.

The story is set in 12th century Wilde Island (England?) The narrator, 17-year old Tess, is a daughter of an abusive blacksmith. Tess dreams of being free of her father and living alone somewhere alone and supporting herself. But those are not the right times for such dreams. Single women are open for abuse and accusations of witchery. Fo
Aug 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2012
I read this book until about 3:30 in morning. I could have stopped, I wanted to stop but I felt compelled to see where this trainwreck was going to ultimately end up. Before I went to bed, I gave it two stars but when I woke up this morning and immediately thought of this book (ergh) I realized that rather than it "being okay," to me, I just didn't like it. Stick with me till the end and I shall explain to you the reasons why.

I have read the first book in what I would loosely term a series thoug
Mara YA Mood Reader
Underrated anti-trope in the realm of Arthurian Legend!! I would label this as NA, a clean NA but it was really refreshing!

Dragons, Faeries, Uther Pendragon’s descendants and witches come together brilliantly in this exceptionally written tale. I highly recommend and can be read as a standalone.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fellow book bloggers, friends, and family with similar interests
Shelves: books-read-2012
Dragonswood is a dark alluring powerfully epic high fantasy filled with wonderfully delicious hidden secrets, intrigue, and enchanting mystical realms that will leave readers breathless. From the start, it is deeply compelling and masterfully written, filled with wonderfully developed characters and dangerous action-packed trials facing them. Carey exudes stunning world building skills and introduces a unique spin on fulfilled prophecies. It is a lively mystical tale unlike any other that ha ...more
Whitley Birks
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, almost-good
Dragonswood is a strange little novel that starts out well enough, then splinters off into various fragments of stories. As it keeps going, it suffers under its own weight as it tries to reconcile the many different plot threads running through it. Any one of these different threads would make for a decent novel alone, but when they’re all crammed together, none of them have enough weight to actually be interesting.

Roughly the first half of this book is decent, if meandering. The focus r
Amelia, free market Puritan

More like 3.5 stars.

I want to start by commenting on how weird it is that I find 3-star, slightly-critical reviews easier to write than 5-star ones. I read this 5-star book last week and I still am not entirely sure what to say.

So like many other novels, Dragonswood ended up being different than what I expected. It's not that there's anything particularly wrong with the novel; it's more that I just didn't find it very enjoyable. For one thing, Dragonswood is very oddly paced and plotted. What is
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it

Fearsome dragons
A fairy palace
A lost prince
An epic romance

Fearsome dragons (Check)
A fairy palace (Check)
A lost prince (Check though really obvious)
An epic romance...not so much

In the action department Janet Lee Carley hasn't left me disappointed so far after also reading the prequel Dragon's Keep . I think her storytelling style for action and adventure is exciting and unique and I must say I really enjoyed that aspect of the book.

My only problem...the romance was less than epic, in fact it was


The beautiful cover definitely and undeniably matches the story. It has that certain pull that compels and draws readers into the heart of Dragonswood. Fey folks, mighty dragons and humans all together in one magical tale.

" In the enchanted woodland wild,
The Prince shall wed a Fairy child.
Dragon, Human and Fairy,
Their union will be bound by three.

And when these lovers intertwine,
Three races in one child combine.
Dragon, Fey and Humankind,
Bound in one bloodline

You know when a book has all the things that would theoretically make it the best book ever, but then it just...flops? yeah, that was this book for me. I love dragons, medieval tales, the fae folk, witches, and female main characters too! Yet a book with all these things disappointed me so horribly that it near brought me to tears once I realized it was supposed to be a companion novel to one of my childhood favorites "Dragonskeep." So what made it bad?

1. The characters were inconsistent.

2. The
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5
Overall it was a good read! It was a simple, pleasant fairytale that had all the characteristics of a classic story. I liked it.
Barbara Senteney
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has a lot of adventure and may not be for everyone, but if you love a lot going on in a story the way I do this is the book for you.
Our main characters= Tess who is just a simple rural girl, who loves nothing more then scaling the wall to escape into the Dragonwood forest and draw pictures of all she sees there. Fairies will o wisp . dragons, flowers, whatever might catch her eye. Meg and Tom a married couple that are friends with Tess, and Poppy who is beautiful but somewhat flighty.
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
Look. At. That. Cover.

Bloody gorgeous.

& I loved the inside too <3 Review coming soon!

Looking for something sweet with a strong heroin? This is the book you want to read. I must admit that I fell in love with the cover, but the inside is just as pretty!

“Even if he was a thief, he was my thief. I could not push him away anymore.”

This story is all about Tess, a daughter from a blacksmith and a woman with no backbone. Her father is abusive, but Tess still remains strong, determined and intel
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty

Well, this review had to be short otherwise I run a risk of not finishing my assignment (Boo meeee!!!)

I wish I'd take shorter time to finish this book because it is truly a very charming book. It is that kind of story I would tell my nieces and nephews (as I'm still riding solo ::forever alone::) as bedtime stories. I never thought I'd long for this but yeah, I wish there was more romance because the love story was very sweet, I felt like I want to
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey was an absolute delight to read. I spent the entire day reading it and then late into the night until I sighed in contentment at the last page. This doesn’t mean that I don’t foresee a sequel in the future, though! I absolutely Loved this novel!

Tess lives with her mother and blacksmith father in the small village of Harrowton on Wilde Island, the year is 1192. Tess’s life is one of physical & emotional abuse by her drunken father. The only time she c
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I got an advanced reading copy of this book to review through the Librarything Early Reviewer's program. This was an absolutely stunning book. I loved it from page one and couldn't put it down, I was sad when I finished it because I wanted to read more. This is the second book written by Carey that takes place in this world, but the story is a separate story from the first book (Dragon's Keep) and stand very well on it's own. I never read the first book but now I really want to.

Tess is a blacksm
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: galley, ya
First off, you should know, this book is a standalone. Yes! A standalone! With a conclusion and a brief glimpse into the future and the only waiting you have to deal with is the amount of time it takes you to get to the last page. Standalones make me happy. Don’t get me wrong; I love the series books too, but sometimes you want to sit down to read a book and then when it ends, you can think back on it fondly without stressing about what’s going to happen next. You can have that peace of mind wit ...more
Andi Ruggles (Rywn)
Sep 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Drag­onswood is about a girl named Tess who sees vision of the future when look­ing into the fires. After her baby brother’s death, accu­sa­tions cause Tess to be accused as a witch. Tor­tured, and with her death immi­nent, Tess is forced to flee her home. Along with Tess are her two best friends, whom have no choice but to come with her on the jour­ney. The girls are forced to hide, and even­tu­ally stum­ble upon the Drag­onswood guardian Garth. Garth is the man Tess has seen in her visions, an ...more
Reading Vacation
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it

I love when a book has a setting that becomes an essential character that somehow touches every last bit of the story. The mysterious Dragonswood is key in this book. While it serves as a sanctuary to dragons and fey, others are warned to keep their distance. The wood is heavily guarded and danger lurks within. There’s an uneasiness surrounding Dragonswood, and it creeps into everyone and everything on Wilde Island.

With that backdrop in place, there is unbelievable tension when Tess finds hersel
Kat Heckenbach
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read several of the other reviews on here, including the three-stars. Several of them speak of the pace "slowing down" too much in the middle. I have to say--I'm SO tired of books having to feel like ohmygoddangerdanger from cover to cover. Intensity is great, it really is. But what happened to story? What happened to having time to actually enjoy a setting? Why does "pace" have to be "fast" all the time?

I loved the world-building. I loved the dragons. I loved the voice of the writing. (<-L
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Dragonswood , a young girl named Tess lives with an abusive father and, after being accused of witchcraft, must flee her hometown with her two friends, Poppy and Meg. Despite this, however, Tess is a bit of an outsider. Poppy is unnaturally alluring, and Meg is married to a nice, loving man. However, she feels a strong pull towards a forbidden forest known as "Dragonswood" and to a woodsman that they meet who calls himself Garth. However, both Garth and the Dragonswood harbour secrets that, ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Looking for a strong female main character? Tess is a wonderful character to get to know. She is strong, determined, and intelligent; all of the qualities a reader could imagine that would make her the exact antithesis of that "needs a prince to save her" female main character. Tess needs to utilize her natural intellect in order to get herself out of quite a few sticky situations.

Tess has always been drawn to the woods; the woods are not the safest place to be, it is rumored that fairies, drag
I wish now that I had not waited so long to read this. I really enjoyed reading this author and have added a few other books by her to read. Dragonswood is a nice, cozy YA fantasy that even though predictable, kept me turning the pages late into the night. There was a touch of romance that I enjoyed and was clean enough to let my young teenage daughter read. My only complaint there is that I wish we could have felt more of what Garth was feeling. I was left guessing too much about his feelings. ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interestingly, this is a sequel to a book that I picked up a while ago but didn't really get into. Dragonswood, though, was phenomenal. It had excellent world-building, one of the best romances I've read in a while, and weaved itself into "normal" medieval times. The writing was quite good, too.

If you want some tips on how to write amazing, healthy, romance, read this.

The only draw-back was that I guessed at one of the key plot points about 100 pages in, and wasn't shocked at the "big reveal."
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Fairies and dragons and enchanted woods and witch hunts. Betrayal and love and hurt and it all being better again against all odds. A lovely read.
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

For all seventeen years of her young life, Tess has been certain of just a few things: that her father is a brute that takes out his rage on his wife and daughter with his fists, that she would rather grow old alone or run away to the confines of the forbidden Dragonswood rather than be married off to any man, and that she must never ever reveal her secret ability to see the future in fire. Beyond the beatings, fear and hate Tess has for her father, the b
Review originally posted at

Score: 3.5 stars

I had been waiting for this book so long. I dreamed about it, no lie. Just the blurb contained every single thing I could ever hope for in a book, but, sadly, Dragonswood failed to deliver in many ways. I do not regret reading this book at all, in fact, I liked it, it just failed to meet my expectations in a big way.

The book is a little slow-paced. All the events in the story take a while to happen and the actual
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
In the enchanted woodland wild,
The Prince shall wed a Fairy child.
Dragon, Human, and Fairy,
Their union will be bound by three.

Seventeen-year-old Tess has lived a life of secrecy, fighting to survive a hard life as a blacksmith's daughter while hiding her secret power: seeing the future in flames.

So when she is accused of being a witch, her escape from death comes as a mixed blessing. Together with her two friends, she flees into a new life - never guessing that there is more to herself (and
Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a story about Tess – a blacksmith’s daughter who has suffered through most of her life in the hands of her father. And through the nights when the bruises and broken bones were the most painful, she would escape to Dragonswood – a forbidden place inhabited by dragons and faes. Suspected of witchcraft, she was taken by hunters led by Lady Adela to be tortured into submission. She was left with no choice but to give up the names of her friends, who then were forced to escape and hide from ...more
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.

Dragonswood is distinguishable to me for being (basically) the first book for me to buy on pure impulse rather than a desire nurtured and built up over several months to read it. My attraction was instantaneous and my instincts won out. Dragonswood had me captivated in the first few pages on Amazon's Quick Look. Elegantly written from the point of view of a tortured soul, I was drawn into the world with dragonlords, stolen treasure, and wi
I am a girl who has known mostly the back of a man’s hand, and not the front of it.

I quite enjoyed this book. Not so much in the beginning

Me: "their is no way I am going to enjoy this, ugh why do I even bother"

Me 40 pages in: "you go Tess. Yeah! you go girl"

I cannot deny that this book wasn't something I usually read. What came over to me to even pick it up? I will never know. It is quite boring in the beginning, but it picks up about... eh... 30 pages in?

Also, the writing is quite diff
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~Things are never what they seem. Find the lost inside the dream ~
Janet Lee Carey is the award-winning author of nine Children's and YA novels. Her YA fantasy is critically acclaimed: "Verdict: This is quite simply fantasy at its best–original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving.” School Library Journal starred review. Janet links each new book with a charitable organization empowering readers

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Wilde Island Chronicles (3 books)
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“Even if he was a thief, he was my thief. I could not push him away anymore.” 21 likes
In the enchanted woodland wild,
The Prince shall wed a Fairy child.
Dragon, Human, and Fairy,
Their union will be bound by three.

And when these lovers intertwine,
Three races in one child combine.
Dragon, Fey, and Humankind,
Bound in one bloodline.
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