‘There’s no place you can lose your way as quickly as in 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 journey into the heart of a terrifying, secret forest realm, where danger is all around and every path leads you astray. It is a place of lost, overgrown cities and ancient curses; of robbers, princesses and strange Men in Green; of old friends and treacherous new enemies – and a secret plot that threatens to bring down the entire kingdom.
This gripping, spellbinding sequel to The Letter for the King sees a hero facing his greatest test, surrounded by darkness in a world where good and evil wear the same face, and the wrong move could cost his life – but where help comes from the unlikeliest of places.
The Secrets of the Wild Wood is a brillliant adventure tale for children (even though I have not read The Letter for the King) and highly enjoyable even at my, ahem, age. It introduced me to a children’s novel I had never heard of and having two younger children myself I am definitely going to be reading these with them.
Plenty of adventure, some great characters and a really well imagined world that kids will simply lap up, the storytelling is beautifully done (great translation here it read perfectly) and perfect for youngsters who have a wildly creative imagination like mine do – I am really looking forward to revisiting this with them and I’ll have the pleasure of reading the first one too.
Plenty of fun to be had here, the mysterious wild wood is a place to captivate and inspire and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
The Dulwich Literary festival is holding an event with these books on Saturday 17th October – details below. There will be readings and activities inspired by both books, professional storyteller Jo Clayton is involved and if the weather is kind this will take place on Dulwich Common. Considering the story involved, if you have children aged around 7-12 and they like a good yarn I would recommend going along if you can.
For more information and tickets: http://dulwichliteraryfestival.co.uk/2015/08/25/into-the-wild-woods-a-storytelling-adventure-saturday-17th-october-6-30pm-7-30pm/
You can follow Jo Clayton on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Storycycler
Happy Reading Folks!