On Fortune's Wheel
has a wheel, and all men are fixed upon it.
The wheel turns, and the men rise, or fall,
with the turning of the wheel.
Birle has agreed to be wed to the huntsman Muir as an escape from the drudgery of life at her father's inn -- but the moment she looks into the bellflower blue eyes of the man she comes upon stealin...more
A: You don't have to read them in order. They are very loosely tied together through tiny hints throughout the books. I had many "ooohhhhhhhhh" moments when you figure out how they relate. I think this might be my favorite part of the series.
B: You don ...more
I wish there'd been more initially: more emotion, more purpose, more direction. Instead, I was left with the uncomfortable feeling that these terrible experiences were glossed over because they were devices me ...more
I will not make that mistake again. In the past two years, I’ve come across so many very well written and intric ...more
She clearly had feelings, ...more
This is definitely a book to read again.
I barely remember it, but I do remember ...more
Cornflower blue - and then the salt mines, and the nannies and the billies and how she'll keep him in her heart until he returns and oh my GOD I love this book, and anyone who said YA is a new genre (even those saying so in the 00s) were fucking IDIOTS.
... So yes. I feel strongly about this.
Terrific book, terrific author, such an epic story, awesome heroine - and oh. Ever ...more
Cynthia Voigt's On Fortune's Wheel chronicles the revolving fortune of Birle as through the novel she inhabits various roles: Innkeeper's daughter, an amanuensis and slave for a philosopher in a different land, and the Earl's Lady. Throughout her shifting fortune, Birle remains practical and true to her word. Birle's love interest in the novel, Orien, also goes through his own upheavals in fortune. Birle falls in love with Orien fairly early in the novel seemingly due to his beauty, proximity, a...more
I first read this novel back in grade 8 at high school and loved it so much I spent years trying to obtain my own copy. Like all Cynthia Voigt books this story has many layers and is not always the happiest of experiences but this novel will make you ponder on the characters and experiences long after you have finished reading it.
Birle is a flawed character and this makes her easy to relate to. She ...more
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Birle is another example of a common person who gets tangled up with a Lord, and the resultant clash of class systems leads them on quite an adventure. There's also a slow burning romance, and quite some suffering along the way to the happy ending. ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. young girl is betrothed to a man in her village, she doesn't wish to marry but it's not in her option to dismiss the engagement [s]||7||333||Sep 06, 2017 05:32PM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA fantasy novel with Beryl as a main female character [s]||9||534||Jun 29, 2016 10:11AM|
|What's the Name o...: Read this in middle school, not sure YA but targeted for teenagers perhaps? [s]||4||63||Oct 30, 2013 04:56PM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Girl protagonist title something like "fortunes wheel" or "wheel of fortune"? [s]||2||50||May 31, 2008 04:05PM|
Angus and Sadie: the Sequoyah Book Award (given by readers in Oklahoma), 2008
The Katahdin Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Anne V. Zarrow Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Margaret Edwards Award, for a body of work, 1995
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