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Dandelion Fire (100 Cupboards #2)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  4,884 Ratings  ·  553 Reviews
Henry York never dreamed his time in Kansas would open a door to adventure—much less a hundred doors. But a visit to his aunt and uncle’s farm took an amazing turn when cupboard doors, hidden behind Henry’s bedroom wall, revealed themselves to be portals to other worlds. Now, with his time at the farm drawing to a close, Henry makes a bold decision—he must go through the c ...more
ebook, 285 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published December 8th 2008)
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Jun 11, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I am a completely unobjective super-fan of both ND Wilson and this book. I did marry the boy (whose words I loved) and he did dedicate the book to me (so, in a way, he bought these five stars). But he's not on goodreads, so I can say whatever I want (right?). I enjoyed it immensely, especially everything to do with the faeren. I'm most curious how it will strike fans of 100Cs since I really am too close to the story to see it in its own right.

I just finished my first (gripped, laughing, c
Jan 09, 2010 Renee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I almost never post reviews of subsequent titles in a series but this one was so much worse than the 1st, I have to post my review.

In the second installment of 100 Cupboards, Henry discovers that he is a 7th son with magical abilities, which forms a dandelion mark on his hand. Henry’s cousin Henrietta decides to adventure through the cupboards and her family follows her. A battle of good verses evil ensues. Though the idea of cupboards with hidden worlds is appealing as is the cute flying creat
Douglas Wilson
Mar 13, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read this in its various permutations in manuscript, but this was my first post-publication read through. This is simply an outstanding book. As the author's father, I can be allowed my little biases. But, also as the author's father, I must be recognized as being in possession of front row seats. When it comes to his gift for writing, Nate is going to make a big dent. I can hardly wait to tell you what is happening with Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl.
Barnabas Piper
Apr 27, 2016 Barnabas Piper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in this trilogy was even better than the first. That's a rare feat. Usually book two in a trilogy id the weakest, but this was excellent. Wilson's imagination and sorry-telling are at his peak.. I especially love how he writes villains. They are hateable precisely because he writes evil as evil and not as something to be desired. The villains make the heroes that much more likable. In all, a wonderful story.
Jun 15, 2009 Carissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
so, i loved the first book (100 Cupboards) because the concept of there being hidden cupboard doors in an attic behind which different worlds existed was completely fascinating and a great hook. in the sequel, the author splits the main family up into three different lines (two characters each go into a world and everyone else tries to follow them and they all end up in different places) and i was left feeling VERY confused with no clear sense of which world I was in from chapter-to-chapter, WAY ...more
Jun 23, 2008 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Christie Saunders
Jul 12, 2017 Christie Saunders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the second half of this book even more than the first book in this series. Very fun read.
Nano Villa
en si fue un buen libro, muyyyyyy diferente al primero pues la primera entraga 100 cupboards fue algo asi super light en comparacion a este, la historia continua con las aventuras de henry york unos dias despues de lo acontecido al final del prmer libro, en el cual descubre algunas cosas muy importantes para la trama de este libro, sus padres (adoptivos) han sido encontrados y se van a separar, por lo cual estan peleando por la custoria de su hijo, el tio Frank le dice que en unas dos semanas se ...more
Kat Heckenbach
Oct 25, 2016 Kat Heckenbach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun continuation to 100 Cupboards. Henry's adventures take place in one of the lands on the other side of the cupboard doors, where he and his aunt, uncle, and cousins find out more about Henry's grandfather and what the evil witch is up to. Lots of new characters and plenty of action. The writing gets a little...erratic here and there. It's not a bad thing, just the author's style I think, but at times it made me have to go back and reread passages to make sure I hadn't missed something. But ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fantasy series is not just for kids/teens! And I liked this book even better than the first. So intricate and tightly written--you can't skip a word or skim at all. The plot is intricate and comes together so nicely at the end--and I didn't see it coming (well, not all of it--it's hard to surprise me completely these days). Well worth reading.
Mar 04, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great action packed sequel to 100 Cupboards. I hope there will be additional books to tell us where the other cupboards go! (Later) There IS another book due out this year! Yeah! Called Chestnut King.
C.J. Milbrandt
Any hope Henry may have held for an uneventful stay in Kansas lurch to an end in a moment that is simultaneously simple and defining. I tend to agree with the author. Dandelions are magic.

This adventure takes on epic proportions as seemingly unrelated details from the first book lock into place, shifting the reader's understanding. Clues and converging. Peril and parentage. Battle and betrayal. Truly excellent. (By which any of us simply means, "This is *just* my sort of story!") The third volu
Feb 12, 2011 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 24, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Dandelion Fire is the second installment in the 100 Cupboards series, taking Henry out of Kansas and back into the cupboards in search of his identity. As far as action goes, this book does not disappoint. We find out quite a bit more about Henry’s past, his family, and why he was ever adopted in the first place. There is also an evil kidnapping wizard that is after Henry because of some newfound powers Henry has discovered. I am left definitely wanting to pick up and read the last book in the ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Miranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"What had changed the most about Henry York was inside his head. He'd uncovered a wall of doors in his attic room, and now he didn't know who he was." Henry York, only a few short weeks before, had been shipped to Henry, Kansas, seeing as his parents had been captured in some country somewhere and held for ransom. It was like he was sent to a whole other world. Before, he was treated like he was incredibly breakable. Now, he got to experience childhood to its fullest. A little bit beyond, maybe, ...more
Elizabeth Newton
I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book to be honest. The whole adventure magnifies, we are, for most of the book, in another world and that is interesting and entertaining, and the story line is fine and the secrets we discover alongside Henry are really exciting. But one of the things I really enjoyed about book 1, was the relationship and interaction between Henry and his cousin Henrietta. Those two characters when exploring and solving problems together was entertaining for me – the wa ...more
I think this book was a pretty good sequel to the first book, 100 Cupboards, The book starts out with the main character Henry wanting to find his old home inside the cupboards. Henrietta hides the keys and while her and Henry search for the keys in the grass, Henry gets shot back. He touched a dandelion, and the injuries were so bad that his family thought he was struck by lightning. Henry and Henrietta decide to go look for his old home and they both get separated in the process. Henry gets ca ...more
Mel B.
Mar 04, 2012 Mel B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-loan
This book is more what I expected the first book to be -- exploring strange worlds. It seemed to better hit its stride.

Henry now knows he's adopted, and faces being retrieved by his re-appeared, cold parents, who would only ship him off to another school and nanny. He likes being stuck in Kansas.

He decides to try to leave through his grandfather's cupboard, but in the process, he becomes stricken by the second sight and knowing of a dandelion's life in a moment of time.

He goes temporarily bli
Sarah Stevens
This book started a little slow for me. Henrietta was infuriating, Henry was being rather thick, and the plot lines began to get rather complicated without anything really happening.

However, I was rewarded for my perseverance, as the different events begin to point towards each other and the characters began to really make progress, both internally and externally. Despite my earlier misgivings, I became attached to almost all of the characters, and it greatly simplified things to realize certain
So I finished Dandelion Fire a few days ago. Not what I would have expected for a sequel. In fact for the first 8 chapters I really disliked it. It was, in my opinion a bit too graphic for a children's. Well more like gross...bloodied people etc. And it took about 12 chapters for me to really get into it.

It brings us back to Henry, KS where Henry York resides with his aunt and uncle and cousins. We find out that Henry was actually born to a family in one of the cupboards in the attic and he goe
Feb 07, 2012 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining. Besides being a skilled writer, Wilson has an incredible imagination—I was blown away with the arrow concept. Some readers may be confused with the details surrounding the naming/christening ceremony, but that's part of the appeal for me—it's new and fresh and exciting, and that makes it attractive. The final conflict (in this book) revolves around Henry's reaching the city of Hylfing (where his family is), and Darius's wizard attack on it.

Listened to the audio version (978037
Sep 11, 2009 Keith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Haven't enjoyed this one as much as the initial book 1. Action seems to be too helter-skelter, and I'm having trouble keeping track of the different locales and characters within each...and the searing dandelion scar thing, well I'm just not getting it...but I'm committed to finishing the reading of this one regardless...

[Later post:] Actually I gave up on this one half way through...I just lost interest with it and lost track of all the different stuff going on..I won't be reading any more of t
Oct 03, 2011 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story for showing how pervasive the Christian worldview must be. Dandelions are magic! Ha! Of course they are; way more magic than voodoo ever could be...because they are real and voodoo isn't.

There is a really great part of the book when Hylfing is under attack from the terrible wizard. The good guys all sit down and have a meal together with lots of wine and laughter, and there is nothing the evil powers can do about it. They even say at one point, "We have a table set in the face of our
Jan 15, 2009 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The systematic destruction of sappiness as regards fairy tales continues. I could have kissed the front cover several times. I didn't.

It was strange, I'll grant that. Not just strange like any fantasy is bound to be, but strange in his usual Scottish way. I could swear he was grave-digging Lilith every other sentence. But that's good. He's also shocking us out of thinking of the world like, as he says, a machine. There's definitely Chesterton coming out there.
May 07, 2009 Alia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not terrible and I'd recommend it for anyone who read 100 Cupboards and wants to know what happens next. I think my disappointment stems from the fact that N.D. Anderson's Henry, Kansas was such a vivid place and his world building just isn't as strong when it comes to his fantasy world. And most of this book takes place in the fantasy world. Still, a lot of questions are answered in a satisfying way.
Jan 01, 2014 Grayce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
The magic of this book: the characters are real. They will annoy you, confuse you, and surprise you. If you read this book for anything, read it to fall in love.

Also, brownie points for this line from Caleb: "...But even if I found it lying in the road, I would never touch it for fear of being struck down." Even before I read this line, Caleb was feeling slightly reminiscent of Faramir. Which is a very good thing. It made me happy.
Dec 18, 2016 Alissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. The second book in a trilogy usually drags a bit, but wow, not this one! There is a ton more action and suspense and mystery in this one, with the same beautiful characterization and fascinating world. The picture of dandelion fire will stay with me for a long time--absolutely beautiful. Loved it! Couldn't put it down.
May 24, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF Although I was a big fan of the first book, this one simply did not capture my attention the way I hoped it would. Maybe I'll try reading it again someday, but for now my time for this book has ended.
Jul 13, 2015 Braden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gets a little confusing in the middle and he jumps between characters a lot. It is a little hard to follow but he brings it all together in the end. I really like his writing style. Enjoyable for kids and adults alike. Great book!
Feb 15, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, 2013, 2016, read-alouds
This is book two of the 100 Cupboards trilogy. It is longer than the first, more exciting, and more intriguing. I highly recommend these as good adventure stories written mostly for adolescents, but definitely enjoyable for older readers.
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