Wolf Star: The Claidi Journals II (The Claidi Journals #2)

by Tanith Lee

Paperback, 2002



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PB Lee




Puffin Books (2002), 256 pages


On the day of her wedding to Argul, Claidi is kidnapped by armed men in a hot-air balloon.


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256 p.; 5.2 inches

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LibraryThing member jedimarri
"Wolf Star" is the second book in the "Claidi Journals" by Tanith Lee. It continues, in journal format, the story of the young woman Claidi. Claidi grew up as a serving girl, but was given an opportunity to escape that life, and she spent the first book on a grand adventure traveling.

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starts Claidi is preparing for her wedding. Unfortunately the wedding never takes place because Claidi is kidnapped and taken away. First by balloon, and then across the sea by boat, until she reaches a cliff that turns out to be a palace. Claidi is left there by her captors, and she soon discovers that there are few people there at the cliff, but not much hope of leaving either.

The only other occupants of the cliff palace are some serving robots, a young girl who cries to water the plants, some mutated animals, and Prince Venn. Nobody seems to be able to tell her why she is there, and while Prince Venn does seem to know, communicating with him is like banging her head against the wall.

Eventually, though, Claidi does manage to make friends with Prince Venn, and the two of them try to figure out how to help her and more about why she's actually there. This involves a search through the palace, which is a much harder task than you might think, because the rooms like to randomly move about! It's a crazy adventure, but it's the first step in Claidi finding a way to go back to the man she loves.
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LibraryThing member Ilithyia
To be completely honest....I didn't like these books. The author created a semi-interesting fantasy world (though nothing incredible), but only a very mediocre and vague plot. I continued to read hoping they would get better, but even the end was very anticlimatic (not that there was much
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The books were written in journal form, not that is bad, but there was more random thoughts, about the environment, of the main character than any kind of plot advancement.

I'm ashamed to admit I skimmed through the last two and a half books, just to get through them. Wouldn't recommend anyone else even putting in that much effort.
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LibraryThing member AnnRig
It had been a long time since I had read the first of the series, but I found that I needed a more recent reading of the first book. Reading this one definitely depends on reading the first. It seemed predictable and I didn't like it as much as I liked the first one. Probably will not read the
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LibraryThing member wyvernfriend
Claidi is preparing for her marriage when she's abducted and brought to a mansion with a strange prince and a flaming star that rises called the Wolf Star. She's once again caught up in a fight for survival and a mystery that's only getting deeper and deeper.

I would probably have enjoyed this
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series more if I had read them closer together, gathering the memories of what had happened before took me a while. I do want to read the next book in the series to see what happens next!
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LibraryThing member TheBigNerd
As a kid I loved this series. But as an adult I really can't stand it. This second book is also much slower than the first one. A decent story, but I don't see the point of this scene being an entire book in the series.
LibraryThing member Tigerlily12
If you like Argul, you'll be disappointed with this book. However, if you like Claidi and all of the quirks that this world has, you will enjoy it. Worth reading if you plan on sticking with the series and reading 3 and 4.
LibraryThing member janemarieprice
The second in the series, Cladi is kidnapped the day before her wedding. We follow her adventures to a strange land called the Rise with even stranger people. The highlight of this book were the descriptions of the natural and technological wonders of the Rise and their various states of
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deterioration. I felt Cladi herself could have shown a lot of growth in this volume and that was missed opportunity.
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LibraryThing member Isana
Talk about a book where nothing happens! For around the first hundred pages, this was the most boring book. I wanted to stop reading it, but it's so short that I figured I might as well. The characters were all right. I don't like Claidi all that much, but the new side characters were pretty
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interesting. Venn was a simultaneously interesting and horrid person, so his character was probably the most well done. There were some twists, which weren't surprising, but still sort of fun.

Overall, it was a pretty basic book. A bit boring but not totally. I don't know if I would really recommend it, unless you're one of those people who MUST finish a series if you start it. I haven't read Wolf Queen yet, but since the book picks up right where this one left off, if it's good, then you'd need to read this one. Otherwise, you're better off with most other books. I think I might rather read and upsetting book and awful book, because at least it give me something to whine about.
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