The Hidden Land (Secret Country Trilogy Series #2)

The Hidden Land (Secret Country Trilogy Series #2)

by Pamela Dean

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Overview

The five cousins are still trapped in the Secret Country, and must play their parts. When the King is poisoned, Ted-Prince Edward-must take the throne, even though he has no idea how to rule a country, battle magic, or inspire followers.  Soon enough he will have to do all three because the Country is on the verge of war with the treacherous Dragon King.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440684432
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/13/2003
Series: Secret Country Trilogy Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 559,254
File size: 251 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Pamela Dean is one of the most respected writers in the fantasy genre. Many acclaimed authors name her books among their favorites.

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Hidden Land (Secret Country Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Silvernfire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The plot is tighter in this book and moves along at a better pace (well, a pace I liked better, anyway). We "know" the world now, so Dean can focus on the intrigue. In a way, there aren't that many surprises, since the children have been playing this story out for years before the start of the series, and they've been discussing what comes next all along. Still, watching them try to change parts of the plot and try to figure out the new bits is intriguing. I just wish this world felt more three-dimensional...or is that deliberate, reinforcing the fact that in many ways it was just a children's game?
calmclam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As always, Dean's books are beautifully dense, packed with allusions and quotations. Her characters are smart, careful, kind, and in way over their heads as the world they thought they'd imagined collapses into a Shakespearean tragedy around them. Highly recommended.
veevoxvoom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ted, Ruth, Patrick, Ellen, and Laura are still stuck in the Secret Country, the world of their imagining that has become all too real. War is brewing, war against the Dragon King, and tensions are running high. For the king and his counselors, it means preparing for battle. For the five children, it means trying to avoid playing out the worst of the Secret Country¿s fates.The Hidden Land picks up pretty much immediately after The Secret Country and a lot of what I said about its predecessor continues to be the same. It¿s a intelligent, twisty young adult series. Characters are genuinely complex and multi-faceted. Hundreds of pages later, they can still surprise you. They are also smart and literate. Dean throws around T.S Eliot and Shakespeare as easy as breathing. Her language is evocative and enigmatic, which suits the feel of her story.The mysteries in this book aren¿t straightforward. You have to work for it. Dean doesn¿t so much flesh out the Secret Country for you as much as she builds it in frames and sketches, leaving you to fill in the blanks. For the most part, it works. Sometimes I did get frustrated with the ambiguity and how, by the end of the book, I didn¿t know that much more than the beginning. I also thought that the bit with the Land of the Dead was hyped up in the synopsis but ultimately too short.But at the end of the day, The Hidden Land remains a mature, rewarding fantasy with beautiful language and complex characters.
amberwitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fighting to avert the problems they relished inventing in their game from manifesting in the Hidden Land the five cousins with varying success impersonate the five royal children whose identity they have taken over upon arrival in this world. Unableto do so they end up escaping back to their own world.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the sequel to THE SECRET COUNTRY, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot thickened, and many of the interesting events mentioned in the first book finally occured, slightly different from what the children thought would happen. Still, there were a lot of mistakes in the book, though not quite as many as in the first one. I recommend this to anyone who has read the first one. This is a unique and fun series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the novel The Hidden Land by Pamela Dean. It is a fantasy genre. The story is in an imaginary land during the summer time. The five main characters are cousins and they are the only ones allowed in the imaginary land. Ted (one of the five cousins) was the most inquisitive of the group and asked a lot of questions about the Hidden Land. For example,¿ Where is the king's mind now, regarding the dragon king.¿ They are all playing a role in the book. There is only one problem; someone is trying to poison the king. Only one will stop him. Read the book and find out if he is stopped. I liked the story line and idea of the book. The author made the reading of the book easy to understand and follow. She was able to make me feel like I was at the place. I haven¿t read to many fantasy novels, but I would say that this is a really good book. This book has fantasy and a little reality in it, which makes it stand out from other fantasy books. Each author writes their books differently than some of my other favorite authors, but I now have a new author to add to my favorites. This is the first book that I have read by Pamela Dean. I liked it and decided to buy the third book. I have read Harry Potter, The Westing Game, The Chocolate War, and more. This book is better than all those other books. I would suggest this book to kids who like castles, dragons, and most importantly fantasy. If you like mystery novels or action, I would not suggest reading this book. When I was reading this book I would not put it down, except in some parts of the book. I feel that this book is a well-written book for kids, like myself, and others to read. So go and buy the book today.