Reviews for Dandelion Fire : Book 2 of the 100 Cupboards

Booklist Reviews 2009 February #1
The adventures begun in 100 Cupboards (2007) continue as cousins Henry and Henrietta go exploring again in the magical cupboards that lead to many different worlds. After learning that his adopted parents have escaped from kidnappers and are returning to retrieve him, Henry flees into the cupboard in search of his birth parents. The perilous journey connects him once again to witch Nimiane of Endor, as well as a new enemy. Henry s quest alternates with one taken by Henrietta and the rest of the family. Fans of the first volume will enjoy this multilayered, quirky sequel. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 January #2
Picking up where 100 Cupboards (2006) left off, this new adventure finds young hero Henry York back in Kansas, sleeping fitfully next to a wall of doors that lead to secret worlds. Forces have been after Henry ever since he freed the remarkably evil Witch of Endor in his previous adventure. After a surprisingly painful run-in with a seemingly average dandelion, Henry is kidnapped and taken through one of the doors. Now his family has split up, trying desperately to find one another through the various openings, and Henry must find a way to battle the witch's forces and defeat Darius, a wizard of great power and filthy desires. Wilson has unfortunately strayed away from the sheer, wonderful weirdness of his previous fantasy to create something a little more staid and normal. This may earn it a wider readership, but it sacrifices much of the originality particular to the series. Still, it is a memorable sequel and fans will look forward to Henry's future adventures, wherever they might lead. (Fantasy. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 June

Gr 5-8--In N.D. Wilson's first book in this planned trilogy, 100 Cupboards (May 2008, p. 78), Henry York came to Henry, Kansas to live with his aunt and uncle and discovered a secret wall with 99 cupboards, each a portal which led to a different world. In this second story (Random, 2009), the boy discovers that he was born in one of the worlds of the cupboard. But which one? Henry disappears into the magical realm to discover his heritage. Along the way he battles an evil witch and a wizard. His cousin Henrietta follows into another world, and Uncle Henry, Aunt Dotty, and the younger cousins are forced to explore yet another world. The language is lyrical and Russell Horton provides terrific narration. Each of the numerous characters speaks with a distinct voice and provides much of the humor of the story. However, those looking for an action-packed plot will be disappointed as they meander through the multiple story lines waiting for something to happen. The adventure seems to come to a satisfying conclusion for Henry and his Kansas family, but a third book is still planned.--Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 January

Gr 5-8--In this dense and worthy sequel to 100 Cupboards (Random, 2007), Henry York, having discovered that he, like his uncle Frank, actually comes from a world beyond the magic cupboards in his attic room, decides to enter it again. This is a last-ditch attempt to learn more about his origins and about the strange dandelion magic that has recently seared its way into his body. Henry, his cousin Henrietta, and the rest of his Kansas family end up scattered in different parts of the world from which both Henry and his uncle came, struggling against an evil witch and her powerful minion. The plot is complicated, and readers not familiar with the first book will be hopelessly confused. The shifting locations and the many characters and factions are bewildering, but most of the characters have such deliciously flawed and fascinating personalities that fans of that book will go with the flow, waiting to see what the next bend of plot might bring. A quiet and quirky humor warms up the proceedings as well, leavening even the most intense scenes. The ending is satisfying enough to serve as a series closer, but luckily for fans of this challenging but rewarding trilogy, there is still one more installment to come.--Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

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