The Secret Country
by Pamela Dean
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
384 pages; ISBN: 0142501530
Rating: 5/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Jeannette Trayser
For the past nine years, cousins Patrick, Ruth, Ellen, Ted, and Laura have played at "The Secret"-a game full of witches, unicorns, a magic ring and court intrigue. In The Secret, they can imagine anything into reality, and shape destiny. Then the unbelievable happens: by trick or by chance, they find themselves in the Secret Country, their made-up identities now real.
They have arrived at the start of their game, with the Country on the edge of war. What was once exciting and wonderful now looms threateningly before them, and no one is sure how to stop it . . . or if they will ever get back home.
Maybe it's just me. I enjoyed reading the first in the trilogy, but wasn't knocked away by it at the same time.
The plot moves along a bit too slow for me. Things happen, but, even when there's a heightened point of suspense, it just didn't draw me in.
On the other hand, I can't honestly say that it was written badly. I did find that it got a bit better the more it progressed.