Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I (Wildwood Trilogy) Paperback – 7 March 2013
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A beautiful object and a beautiful read. One half fairy tale, one half coming-of-age story, one half unrepentantly gorgeous work of art, this book is overflowing with gifts -- JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
An irresistible, atmospheric adventure - richly imagined and richly rewarding -- TRENTON LEE STEWART, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series
Dark and whimsical, with a true and uncanny sense of otherworldliness, WILDWOOD is the heir to a great tradition of stories of wild childhood adventure. It snatched me up and carried me off into a world I didn't want to leave -- MICHAEL CHABON
A haunting and beautiful adventure, as well as a rare instance of an almost supernaturally seamless collaboration between writer and illustrator. A brilliant book, about the magic that fringes reality, about the intensity of childhood, about friendship, and the wonders of the wilderness. You are holding a very precious thing. -- MATT HAIG, author of SHADOW FOREST
This vivid picaresque fantasy . . . with stylish line drawings and colour plates . . . is an unpretentiously written tale with a strong start, an engaging denouement and a green theme -- Nicolette Jones ― Sunday Times Culture Magazine
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- Publisher : Canongate Books; Main edition (7 March 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0857863258
- ISBN-13 : 978-0857863256
- Reading age : 9 - 11 years
- Item Weight : 380 g
- Dimensions : 13 x 3.7 x 20.1 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
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And those who have heard his songs probably will feel fairly at home in his first novel, "Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I." It's a charming, well-written little adventure novel set in a bizarre Alice-in-Wonderlandish forest, and the only problem is that I didn't feel fully connected to the characters.
Prue is understandably startled when five crows kidnap her baby brother -- and upset when they all vanish into the Impassable Wilderness. Knowing how devastated her parents will be, she sets out into the wildwood to find her brother and bring him home, followed by the class nerd Curtis.
But what is awaiting them is beyond even Curtis' expectations -- a civilization populated by beasts and birds, which is being threatened by the beautiful and ruthless Governess. When the children are separated, they find themselves involved with separate groups within the Wildwood, which is about to be hit by a civil war. And if they can't get the baby back soon, the Governess will use him to destroy the Wildwood...
I can only assume that Colin Meloy really enjoyed the Narnia Chronicles and "Alice in Wonderland" as a child, because "Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I" is the sort of book that such a person would write. It's charming, whimsical, and has lots of talking animals who act in a humorously human manner.
And his writing is quite good, sometimes even lovely. He brings a lot of atmosphere to every scene, whether it's the Governess' moss-and-ivy throne-room or the forest bandits' blood ceremony. There's also a lot of gentle, wry humor woven through it, such as Prue getting tangled in local bureaucracies, but it grows more serious as the story winds on through the shady glades of the Wildwood.
The one problem is that it took me awhile to warm up to Prue or Curtis. They simply didn't feel very well-developed at first, which might put off some readers before Meloy has a chance to make you really like them. But about halfway through, I started really liking Curtis and Prue -- she's a very practical, kindly girl who adjusts very well to the whole Wildwood thing, while he is a budding artist with a boundless imagination.
"Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I" is a charming debut for people who love classic fantasy, forests and possibly the Decemberists. It's more than enough to intrigue me in the second book.