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The Night of the Solstice

(Wildworld #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,555 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Four children set out to rescue a sorceress held captive in a parallel world.
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published October 31st 1987 by Atheneum
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Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Heart of Valour when I first found it 24 years ago, and I didn't find NoS until about 10 years ago. So i enjoyed the beginning of the Wildworld series very, very much.

I prefer this series to LJ Smith's NightWorld series. This series is my favourite, then the Secret Circle, and then the Night World series.
The Night of the Solstice is book 1 in the Wildworld series.

I'm pretty sure I've read this book before, but I think that may have been before I created my Goodreads account.

This was a good little grade book, with some adventure and fantasy and loads of witchcraft.
May 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Night of the solstice is one of my favorite children books.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I found a copy if this book in a charity shop last weekend and read the back, I knew it seemed familiar. As if I had read it before but I couldn't remember when or how.
This morning I decided to give it a go and I read the entire book in one day.
The first few chapters of the book I had certainly read before, the rest I could not remember. But now I am very glad I didn't stop reading :)
This is not one of these flashy, crazy fantasy stories. No, this story is more...intense? Calm? Captivatin
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I'm rather surprised I enjoyed this book. I didn't expect to enjoy a teenage cliche kids save the world, but I did. I didn't find it cringe which was a wow. The writing was decent and readable.

What I didn't like is the poor world building and characters had minimum development. We found out almost nothing about the world and how their magic works, I would like to know waaay more. Some parts were naive and most was predictable, but I still enjoyed it.
Sarah Elizabeth
This was really good! Not that I'd expect anything else for L.J. Smith, but even so - really good, really held my attention, not too slow, quite impressed ☺ ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is quite fast paced, everything happens in 4-5 days within 2 weeks.
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
Jennifer Rayment
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-books
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
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nostalgia
I loved this book, and its sequel, so much when I was about 12. I decided to reread it. Of course it's a bit different to an adult's eyes, but it's still a fun, magical, coming of age book. If you have an early teen, this is a nice one. ...more
Ria Bridges
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
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Smith spins a tale through hilarious and crisp dialogue about the four Hodges-Bradley children. The brave, oldest child, armed with a baseball bat, throws herself into danger to protect the world from annihilation. The middle twins are as different as day and night. The brainy and recalcitrant girl solves life-or-death puzzles like a Sherlock Holmes but only when she feels like it, while the adventure-loving boy loyally joins his sisters on any quest no matter the consequences. The youngest is t ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magicians, fantasy
Not a classic or a great work of literature, by any means, but Smith's foray into fantasy will always have a special place in my heart--and it's a mile better than much of the kid-lit that's popular these days. Yes, I sound like a crusty old geezer, but here we have magic, talking animals, wicked sorcerers (all very standard stuff so far), and brave kids who do what they must, and who succeed not because they are the super most special-est ever and have a ton of spiffy magic gear (I'm looking at ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own

i got really bored and i don't care about any of the characters. this read like middle grade but with the story building and development of a coloring book. I can't complain about the dated-ness of the book ; this book was released in the 80s and I don't really mind the "chosen ones", "magical doorways" and other tropes within the genre.
Laurie D'ghent
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different from Smith's other books. Innocent, yet exciting. A little slow at first, but then it got really interesting. Perfect for older advanced readers who don't want romance. Two near swears, no innuendo. Some violence, but fine for 5th grade and up ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was just kind of dull, and none of the characters were particularly memorable - including the villain, unfortunately.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a lovely book.✨I was easily lost when foreign terms were being mentioned constantly, but I love the story line.
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whimsical and fun, I found it a bit confusing at times but super interesting!
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.

Francais Parker
Feb 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had a very difficult time immersing myself into this story. Maybe it's just too young for me. ...more
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Before she made a name for herself in the YA series department, before she gave us Stefan and Damon Salvatore and the endless waiting for the conclusion of Night World, L.J. Smith gave us Wild World in her debut novel.

This book is very creative and very smart. I really liked how L.J. created Wild World and how she had so many fun fantasy elements and a really decent backstory, Alys and Janie also have nice character development.

I must admit, I felt that certain things that happened were kind of
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Fantasy Literature
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dharia Scarab
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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,
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