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Preview — The Secrets of the Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt
The Secrets of the Wild Wood
One of the King's knights has gone missing. Sent to explore the mysterious Wild Wood, which no-one dares visit and some say are enchanted, he has vanished in the snow. Tiuri - now Sir Tiuri after carrying out his last perilous mission - has to find him. With his best friend and squire, Piak, he must ...more
One of my all-time favourite Dutch children's books is De brief aan de koning by Tonke Dragt, and I was thrilled when decades after the original release this much-treasured classic finally received its much-deserved English language debut with The Letter for the King in 2014, thanks to Pushkin Press in the UK and a beautiful translation by Laura Watkinson. So you can imagine my excitement when the sequel, Secrets of the Wild Wood (originally Geheimen van h ...more
Finally Tiuri is officially a knight. He is invited to come to knight Ristridin's castle in spring. However, when he arrives, he is informed that knight Ristridin has not returned yet from the Wild Wood. Concerns grow and Tiuri and his friends are determined to solve the mystery and find their lost friend.
When I opened the book I was pleasantly surprised to once again see a map. This was a close up ...more
First things first, this is such a beautiful book. When I first opened it there was a map on the inside and when you took of the dust cover there was a beautiful imprint on the book, just wow at the design on the whole book.
I am a big fan of fantasy books and this one is at the top for me. From the first page I was pulled into this fantasy world surrounded by all the wonderful characters.
I really love the world building in this book. I love how Tanke has built her ...more
On another note: I am so in love with the colouring of the maps that Neil Gower did! They're still a lot like the original, but more details have been added and the colours are stunning! ...more
(Probably spoilers, but I personally think the book gets better on rereads anyway.)
- First of all Secrets of the Wild Wood is such a good book that pushes all buttons I don’t even realize I have.
- At the start, when they state that Piak still loves to go to high places <3
- The domestic scenes are the best!
- Ewijn has so little personality, but what he has is precious
- Btw the scene between Iridian and Kraton is great
- I. Love. Isadoro!!!
- She is a complex classical female characte ...more
Tiuri, newly knighted after his experiences in the first book, once again spurns social convention for the sake of personal honour when he forsakes the chance to march to war in order to fulfill a promise to Marius, ...more
The Secrets of The Wild Wood is the long awaited sequel to The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt and I was so pleased to see the return of Tiuri, Piak and lots of other familiar faces. This story continues as to what happened in the aftermath of Tirui delivering the important letter to the King. One of his knights has gone missing after being sent on a mission to The Wild Wood, which is thought to be enchanted and very few people ve ...more
**Warning: Spoilers Ahead**
The bit with the Fool getting re-introduced was kinda random, and the only purpose he served was to act as a guide for Tiuri and Piak in the woods. His story is never quite resolved either, and we don't find out whether he was able to make it back home. It felt like the author needed a way for Tiuri and Piak to not get lost, and the Fool was her choice, but it didn't really make much sense. It' ...more
I love the theme, although it’s not really the genre I would usually read. It has quite a few pages (around 500-600 I think), yet the author knows how to make every page count! The was a part, and excuse the SLIGHT SPOILERS, in which Piak got separated from Tuiri, and after a few chapters, I ...more
ALSO, MOST UNDERUTILIZED CROSSDRESSING EVER. BOO.
(view spoiler)[ The book follows up shortly after the letter for the king. Tiuri who was supposed to meet the knights that helped him in the previous book, the ones who are hunting down the black knight with the red shield. When the knights meet however they find that one of them has not returned from their quest into the Wild Wood which leads them to ...more
Tonke Dragt has a beautiful way of spinning a story. I was captivated from the first chapter and found it difficult to put the book down. I always know a book is good when I can play a movie of it in my head as I read. I had almost all the characters cast by the third chapter! David Heyman should get his hands on these two books. Or maybe Peter Jackson. If it's epic adventure wi ...more
Unfortunately I didn't read this book when I was a child, because now the store seems quite simple and predictable. But nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it and I wouldn't want to miss it! ...more
Tonke Dragt werd in 1930 geboren in Nederlands-Indië, en heeft daar het grootste deel van haar jeugd doorgebracht. In 1942 kwam ze met haar moeder en twee zusjes terecht in een Jappenkamp, en daar heeft ze ontdekt dat ze ze kon ‘ontsnappen’ door verhalen te verzinnen. Ze schreef en tekende in eerder gebruikte uitgegumde schriftjes en zelfs op wc-papier, want er was bijna niets. Samen met een vrien...more