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The Secrets of Solace

(World of Solace #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  584 ratings  ·  104 reviews
From Jaleigh Johnson, the acclaimed author of The Mark of the Dragonfly, comes another thrilling adventure in the magical world of Solace.

Lina Winterbock lives in the mountain strongholds of Solace. She’s an apprentice to the archivists, the wise men and women whose lives are dedicated to cataloging, studying, and preserving the objects that mysteriously fall from the sky
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A magical journey back to the world of Solace. I wish the book didn't have to end. Is it greedy to ask for another book in the series?
Colleen Houck
Loved the sentient ship. Such a cool concept. This world is so interesting. I could easily see several more books happening in this place. I'm so curious how it fits into the universe as we know it.
Misty Baker
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Back in April of 2014 I read an amazing novel by debut author Jaleigh Johnson. I loved the book so much that I made a point to mention it to every librarian I knew.

“Be sure to stock this book!” I would say…stars in my eyes like a small child on Christmas morning. “You won’t be disappointed!”

Flash forward to last month, I received an email from Johnson’s publicist asking if I would like to review her newest novel “The Secrets of Solace?” Of course, I jumped at the opportunity (it is entirely pos
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy

Being a huge fan of The Mark of the Dragonfly the debut of Jaleigh Johnson, I could not wait to journey back the the world she built in the first book. Johnson builds the world even more with The Secrets of Solace and while I really missed the crew of the 401, I enjoyed expanding the world with a few more mysteries and and everyone stuck in the middle of war.

Lina Winterbock a apprentice to the archivists, those who study the objects and animals that come from the meteors that land upon Solace
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
The story of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious archivist and a prince in hiding ended up being a great book. Secrets of Solace is high fantasy, taking place in another world where two countries are at war over iron, while the archivists try to stay neutral even while they harbor refugees. Lina is an apprentice archivist, but has a knack for crawling through vents, eavesdropping, and coming up with harebrained schemes that don’t end well. Ozben is the spare heir to one of the warring ki ...more
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
Le sigh.

As an adult who very much enjoyed the first book in this series, MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY, I felt let down with this one. It was a little disappointing that we were starting up with new characters, but you know, I good with that. It indicates a longer story cycle so that can be a good thing.

The problem was the level of plotting and the story just weren't as high a quality. There were fewer storyline original concepts and more that seemed drawn from the common genre.

I think the book will st
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars, I read the Mark of the Dragonfly and loved it so much I had to buy it. Two years later, I pick this up expecting it to be book two.... NOPE.

Jaleigh Johnson wrote this series so interestingly. You have to read each book in order to understand the order of events, but each book has new main characters- and doesn't mention the previous main characters (from the other books) at all!

Now that would usually make me very angry, but the author wrote this book so well. It was impossible for me
Jim Sibigtroth
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The fantasy world of Solace was previously introduced in the excellent science fiction fantasy novel, The Mark of the Dragonfly. It isn't really necessary to read that before The Secrets of Solace, but it would provide a more in-depth description of Solace.

The Merrow Kingdom and the Dragonfly Territories have been engaged in a war over the important resource, iron. The Dragonfly Territories cut off the supply because they fear the Merrow Kingdom wanted to use it for weapons to destroy the Dragon
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lina is a thoughtful, rule-breaking, nearly manic-pixie of a girl who lives below one of the three Archivist mountains in her homeland of Solace. It is cold but it is filled with wonders: machines, technology, and animals salvaged from the meteor fields and brought back to be studied, repaired, improved upon and used. Lina's archivist mentor has grown increasingly distant and one leading archivist seems to hate her; as does his apprentice. So she spends her time hiding away in her workshop; a ne ...more
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
*Review posted on Page Turners Blog on 3/18/2016*
he first book in the series, The Mark of the Dragonfly, has sat on my TBR shelf for over a year. I am so glad that I had the chance to read the companion book in the series, Secrets of Solace. Jaleigh has structured a world so rich with details that you easily fall into it especially because the voice of our main character, Lina, rings so very true. Lina is an apprentice archivist who catalogues foreign objects that end up in her world. I really e
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The story of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious female apprentice archivist (Lina) and a neighboring prince (Orzen) in hiding from assassins. Lina is a free spirit, crawling through vents, eavesdropping, and tinkering in her secret hidden workshop. Ozben is the spare heir to a warring kingdom, and was hidden away in the neutral area of Ortana when his royal family was attacked. Lina has found a ship in her private workshop, but needs someone's help to access it. She and Orzen have their ...more
Christine Brodien-Jones
A huge disappointment. I loved Johnson’s first book, "The Mark of the Dragonfly," but this one suffers from too much back-story, and consequently it drags.

The premise is intriguing: In the land of Solace, Lina Winterbock is a loner—and always in trouble. When she learns the true identity of a boy named Ozben and they exchange secrets, suddenly they’re both targets for assassination. Slow-paced until the last third of the book.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the land of Solace, where the kingdoms of Merrow and the Dragonfly Territories are at war, Lina lives in the land of the neutral Archivists. The Archivists have carved vast cities into several mountains, where they study the strange objects that fall into Merrow through a weak spot between the worlds. Orphaned Lina is studying to be an archivist, but enjoys almost as much exploring and mapping the myriad tunnels, rooms, and vents of her mountain home, as well as listening in when she shouldn’ ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book review
I like the book The Secrets of Solace because of all the descriptive writing, this book is by Jeligh Johnson; and when you read the book you can see it all in your head. The book is about a girl named Lina that has no parents and tutor bales on her, then she finds a ship, but the ship has a mystery to it. she meets a boy named Ozben; who has his own little secret, but Lina hears about it; in the book they explore all sorts of places and they both have trouble ahead of them… Especially
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, fans of steampunk, Harry Potter fans
Shelves: steampunk
As a companion to The Mark of the Dragonfly , this novel is all I could have asked for.

Lina should be studying to become an archivist, not crawling through ventilation ducts to eavesdrop or discovering secrets chambers. She should be working, not overhearing dangerous things about the Iron War, running into boys with fake bandages in the middle of the night, or discovering air ships in deep tunnels. And yet, Lina is hardly ever doing what she ought to be doing. She possesses a head for risk
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the next book after The Mark of the Dragonfly, but it's with all new characters in the archivist strongholds of Solace. I loved the characters of the first book so it was a little hard to get into new ones. And these were pretty different. I really disliked Lina for a good portion of the beginning. She was so bullheaded, listened to no one, and did what she wants for no good reason other than she wanted to. So not that different than a teenager. That really doesn't change until about 18 ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Better than the first book in my opinion. This book covers the archivists stronghold in the mountains where they study artifacts from other worlds that fall during the meteor storms, another corner of Solace briefly mentioned in the previous book, The Mark of the Dragonfly. It's interesting to read about different areas and cultures of the world. This book follows the same basic format as the first, lonely orphan girl meets boy and an adventure ensues. The main character this time is Lina Winter ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I feel like I may be rounding up a wee bit. It was pretty slow. And most of the dialogue was kind of cheesy, bordering on trite. I feel like the story lines in this series would be better suited to a teen novel, rather than making it JV. Giving the characters that extra bit of depth really would have taken the book from being okay/good to great. The story really wants to run away with you, but it's stuck with characters who constantly express feelings like, "I'm happy that you're my friend." (Th ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, so Lina and Ozben were really hard to relate to because they always made these crazily insane decisions, but that's fine. I lived. Yeah, I might have brain damage from how many times I smacked my forehead but it's okay. I'll be okay maybe.


10/10 favorite character was the Merlin. Next in line are the lumatites. Then maybe Aethon. The sweetheart. I want to know how old Lina is because I low-key... wanna... ship her with Simon...?


*vase crashes in the background*

Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is by far one of the best that I have ever read, having a thick story-line combined with a mysterious setting that's quite different from how we live today. Living in caves studying artifacts for a living is definitely going to lead to an interesting life, who knows what you'll come across. Books that read different for every person, paintings that smell, and a variety of exotic plants and animals are just the tip of the Iceberg in this story.
Lina Winterbock is at the top of my list
C.J. Milbrandt
Lina is an archivist ... well, an apprentice archivist. She'd actually like to hold the title of explorer. Small for her age and more curious than a carnelian cat, she's mapped every duct and shaft in Ortana, the largest of the archivist cities. Lina has a big secret, and eavesdropping lands her with another.

It was exhilarating to be back in Solace, a world where human and alien races mix. While this book stands alone, there were references to races and kingdoms from THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY.
Redd Becker
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jaleigh gives us an adventurous heroine and a prince who befriends her in this steampunk adventure. A wonderful underground culture amidst archivists, who study artifacts of unknown origin, and puts them in museums provides the setting. The plot is one of the standards, a prince deprived of his rightful place in the palace. Jaleigh Johnson writes for young teens with straight-forward language. Point-of-view plays back and forth between Lina and the prince's perspectives, so there is a character ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Teresa Osgood
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apprentice archivist Lina has some secrets. The lonely outsider knows some other people's secrets, too. And as she sneaks around, trying to learn the latest news and work on an independent project, she stumbles into friendship and quite an adventure. This adventure is set in the world of "The Mark of the Dragonfly," but has an all-new cast and setting. It all hinges on some really cool technology, though, just like its predecessor.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I was a little surprised that this didn’t connect to book one much, but book one wrapped up nicely so I don’t know what I was expecting. It was a fun, adventurous story. It had secrets, sneaking, emotions, connections, a little love and some good fighting. I rated it a three because it was a little too “Harry Potter” for me, and so it didn’t maintain the uniqueness it should.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too long-winded, especially in the beginning. Some parts are even repeated from another pov. (which can be clever, but here is trivial). I hope it's just middle-book-itis, but since it's new characters, it seems that this may not be a trilogy that will thankfully get to a point, but will be an epic series which bores me stiff.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading about a girl who was adventurous, capable, and believable. As the often outcast girl myself, it was good to read about a character who builds a life for herself. Really enjoyed the world created in this book and the elements of steampunk/fantasy that made it unique. Really enjoyable read.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another book in the World of Solace series with a new protagonist who is also a strong female amidst a society of female leaders, including telepaths and winged shapeshifters. This series makes my heart soar with the exception of a few gendered terms that could be rewritten to deny male as the norm and female as invisible.
Kyrsten Newlon
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the writing style and story and character development in this book, but it honestly felt a little incomplete. Like the story needed somewhere to go – a bigger boost. But it is definitely worth the read, Jaleigh Johnson's books are so easy to read and her characters really come to life.
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