Throwback Thursday: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Throwback Thursday: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Throwback Thursday is a great meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books

Rather than focus on new releases, the goal of Throwback Thursday is to showcase a book published more than 5 years ago. Old books need love too, yo!

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

This book hold a really special place in my heart. A good friend said, “OMG, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!!!!!” I swear, it sounded just like that. So I did. I couldn’t disappoint her, could I? Anyway, I think I read it at warp speed. Here’s the Goodreads description:

High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It’s an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest with her constant companion, a most unusual frog. But best by far is the castle’s hidden portal, known only to the sisters. Every Full Moon, they alone can pass through it into the enchanted world of the Other Kingdom. There they dance through the night with the fey creatures of this magical realm.

But their peace is shattered when Father falls ill and must go to the southern parts to recover, for that is when cousin Cezar arrives. Though he’s there to help the girls survive the brutal winter, Jena suspects he has darker motives in store. Meanwhile, Jena’s sister has fallen in love with a dangerous creature of the Other Kingdom–an impossible union it’s up to Jena to stop.

When Cezar’s grip of power begins to tighten, at stake is everything Jena loves: her home, her family, and the Other Kingdom she has come to cherish. To save her world, Jena will be tested in ways she can’t imagine–tests of trust, strength, and true love.

Why I Love Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier So Freaking Much

It’s a fairy tale retelling. I adore those. This one is an adaptation of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Consult your Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales for the complete story. You have one, right? You should. Anyway, it was just so captivating and whimsical. Grad school is SO serious that I need a little whimsy in my life. I think we all do. I definitely recommend Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.

© 2012 – 2014, Jessica Workman Holland. All rights reserved.

  • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

    Okay, So I’ve read many other books by Juliet Mariller (I love the Sevenwaters Trilogy best) but never managed to read this one. Not sure why cause I usually tend to read as many books by the authors I love as I can get my hands on.

    I definitely need to make a note to check out my local used bookstore for a copy and get to reading.

  • Jessica

    It’s fairly easy to find. I saw a copy in my local public library. You may check that out, too. Thanks for commenting!

  • Mandi Kaye

    Thanks for participating! I hadn’t heard of this book, but it definitely sounds interesting.

  • Lauren@The Housework Can Wait

    I really need to read more fairy tale re-tellings. I LOVE fairy tales, plus I have two daughters, plus I adore movie adaptations of fairy tales. Should be a no-brainer, right? And the cover of this one is gorgeous! So glad you’re participating this week!

    • Jessica

      The cover IS gorgeous. I love whimsy and the cover definitely conveys that. You need the library, stat.

  • gautami tripathy

    I have read Heart’s Blood by Marillier and loved it. Gotta check more books by her. Thanks for showcasing this.

    Here is my BTT post!

    • Jessica

      I’ve actually never read anything else by Juliet Marillier. I need to. Maybe that will be my mission for my next trip to the library. Thanks for commenting!

  • gautami tripathy


    Thanks for showcasing this.

    Here is my TT post!

  • Kelly

    I love fairy-tale adaptations. This one sounds fascinating.

  • kimba88

    I love, love, love Fairy tale re-tellings..gotta grab this one..Thanks for posting about it.

    • Jessica

      Yes! Let me know what you think of it when you finally read it.