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Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier
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Jul 14, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult, fantasy, historical-fiction, read-in-2012, pirates, myths-and-legends, action-adventure, fairies-etc
Read from May 03 to 04, 2012 — I own a copy

Within the first few pages of this book I was smitten. Why? Well, it just so happens to take place in my much beloved Constantinople! Oh, okay, it's already called Istanbul at this point, but who's quibbling? This felt much more like an adventure story to me than Wildwood Dancing--there's murder and intrigue, pursuit, a hidden treasure, a mysterious quest, AND a dashing Portuguese pirate and a hot Bulgarian bodyguard vying for our heroine's affection! Said heroine is Paula, the middle sister from Wildwood Dancing, who is now 17 and in Istanbul with her father acting as his assistant while he does some trading and bids for the long lost relic of an ancient goddess. I thought Marillier did a fantastic job of portraying the magic of Istanbul and the feel of being a foreign woman in this city at the time. And the story kept me completely hooked--I really couldn't put this one down. Well done!

* On second read: I think I loved this even more than I did the first time through. Definitely destined to become a bit of a comfort book for me. I really hope Marillier writes a third book in this series about Stela at some point!

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