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Juniper Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 24, 2004
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Juniper at least is a story that can engross a child while being satisfying to the adult reader. I never once had the urge to plunge my head through the sheetrock in the bedroom whereas when forced to read stories like the Pony Pals, that's all I can think about. The wise women in Juniper are are a bit too knowing and all seeing, the plot a bit formulaic but other than that, it's a story of growing up, persistence against adversity good and evil, courage and adventure and some things in between. Same holds through the rest of the trilogy: Wise Child and Colman though they're not written in order.
I suspect that these stories catch the mind of young girls more than boys and are aimed more at a female audience. I don't know if I would have read it by myself, but with mission to read to my daughters, it was an enjoyable journey. I could see adult women enjoying this for it's own sake. In any case the books of this trilogy are well above the average children's fare for girls or for boys. Definitely worth the price of admission.
Monica Furlong writes with so much detail, and everything is full of so much color and can be pictured in your mind. It is almost as if you're in the book, living in Euny's house, walking the long tiring journies, and learning the ways of the Doran yourself.
If you like enchanting stories about magic and the struggles between good and evil you will like this book. I did, and I couldn't stop reading until it was over. I went on the read the sequels Wise Child and Colman, and I hope you will too and like then all as much as I do.
After reading both novels, I wish that "Juniper" had gone further. "Wise Child" reveals the events between the two novels, but I still wish the author would have actually written a third novel about the intervening events, or at least extended "Juniper." Neither novel lacks--it's just that I liked them both so much I wish that there was more.
As much as I enjoyed reading "Juniper," I would be careful giving this book to younger children as there is a detailed description of mother goddess worship. The initiation of the two young girls may also be disturbing to younger readers.
Set in Medieval England, this book tells the story of Juniper and her quest to become a doran. Juniper, also called Ninnoc, is a princess, daughter of the king of Cornwall, and wants for nothing, until one day, when an old woman named Euny arrives. To Juniper's displeasure, this rag wearing woman turnes out to be her godmother. Euny offers her the chance to give up her life, and live with her for a year and a day to study healing, herbs and magic. Her parents agree, at first to Juniper's dismay, and she lives with Euny learning to be a doran, a person skilled in magic.
In living with Euny, Juniper faces many trials; cold, hunger and sleeping on the hard floor, which Euny claims are her teachers. But slowly she begins to learn to observe, to learn about healing herbs, to spin and weave and other such skills. Just in time, as well, for when Juniper returns to her home, a fully initiated doran, she finds things going badly for the kingdom.
Her aunt, Meroot, whom Juniper has long disliked and distrusted, in a conspiracy for her son, Gamal, Juniper's closest friend, to gain the throne, is trying to bend him to her will along with another sorcerer whom Euny has encountered before. Juniper, and Gamal's good friend Finbar must track down Gamal and cure him before the kingdom is completely in Meroot's hands. Juniper is a book full of magic, wisdom, guidance and narrated by a young, spirited and bright heroine who gradually comes to understand the ways of the dorans and her place in the world.
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A really great series, especially for young girls. Very powerful.Published 11 months ago by kate costello
This is a touching coming of age story about Ninnoc, a Princess of medieval Cornwall. Here she studies to become a Doran (good witch). Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tina Le
My daughter and I are really enjoying this series. Nonnoc is a wonderful example of a girl coming into her own powers.Published 22 months ago by Rachel J. Soumokil
This book is precious to me. If there was ever a bio made about my life, this would have to be somewhere in it. This was the first book that I ever fell in love with as a child. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by mandy
I read this book a long time ago, and I wanted to get a copy. I finally found it here, and will be reading it again soon. It came quickly, very well shipped. ThanksPublished on September 2, 2013 by Molly
I had this book as a child and lost my copy, I couldn't find it anywhere until I finally found it here, shipped quickPublished on March 5, 2013 by Melissa