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Publication Date: Sept. 2008
Short synopsis (Goodreads): Scholarly eighteen-year-old Paula and her merchant father journey from Transylvania to Istanbul to buy an ancient pagan artifact rumored to be charmed, but others, including a handsome Portuguese pirate and an envoy from the magical Wildwood, want to acquire the item as well.
My Review: Paula was an easy character to relate to. She was sensible but still had desires and dreams. I actually liked this one a little bit better than the previous in the series, Wildwood Dancing. The covers of these books add a really nice whimsicality to the stories and fit perfectly.
I’m a sucker for love stories and while this one claims to have a love triangle…but you can tell who she’s going to end up with. All the same it had good chemistry and build up. Obviously there will be another one, the thing all of the sisters were all working towards didn’t happen and plus, the littlest sister needs a chance. I'm looking forward to re-entering this world and seeing what happens next (and who falls in love with whom!).
It wasn’t anything too complicated but it was still a fun read. The fact that it was realistically (to my un-scholarly eye) set in old Constantinople was the perfect icing on the cake.